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Veterans Memorial Pool and Ice Arena

Park Features
Drinking Fountain Grills Ice Rink Parking Paved Multi-Use Trail (Non-Motorized) Picnic Shelters Picnic Tables Play Area Restrooms Skate Park Skating Softball/Baseball Swimming Pool Tennis
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Park Pool & Ice Arena​

2150 Jackson Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 481​03 (directions)
Phone: 734.794.6235
Bill Meeks, Recreation Supervisor

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Veterans Memorial Sports Complex features ​​​the Veterans Memorial Park Outdoor Pool, the newly renovated Veterans Memorial Park Indoor Ice Arena, lit baseball and softball diamonds, tennis courts, a new meeting room, and a park shelter available to rent. Registration for 2020 Spring/Summer programs and activities begins Monday, Feb. 3. The guide features day camps, golf tournaments, events at our canoe liveries, learn-to-swim and mermaid/merman classes. You can also learn about volunteer opportunities with GIVE 365 and Natural Area Preservation, Ann Arbor Farmers Market events, cultural arts activities and more. To view the guide visit 2020 Activity Guide.pdf.

​​Ice Arena

Veterans Memorial Park Indoor Ice Arena skating season runs from Sept. 9 - April 26, 2020. The complex includes a regulation-size rink of 85 feet by 200 feet with spectator seating for 800. A concession stand and vending are available in the main lobby, along with coin-operated lockers and storage units. A standard line of hockey and skating accessories are available in the pro shop and we have four hockey locker rooms.  Skating and hockey programming begins August 26, 2019. 


Public Skating

General Skate

Tuesday: 1:20-2:45 p.m. Thursday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday: 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday: 1-2:30 p.m.

Adult Skate

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday: 11:10 a.m.-1:10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Daily Admission

Resident FeeNonresident Fee
Skate rental$3$3

Discount Passes

10 Visits30 Visits
Adult Resident$40$112
Youth/Senior Resident$30$85
Adult Non-Resident$50$142
Youth/Senior Non-Resident$40$112
*All passes expire May 2020, valid at Buhr & Veterans Ice Arenas

Special skating events
​​No School Days/Vacations

During the Ann Arbor Public Schools winter/spring vacations and other days that school is not in session, public skating is offered Monday-Friday,         11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Holiday  Vacation Skating - *Subject  to change
Public skating is offered during the Ann Arbor Public School holidays:

Jan. 20 11:10 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Mar. 10 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mar. 30 11:10 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Mar. 31 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Apr. 1  11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Apr. 2  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Apr. 3  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Apr. 10 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Ice Skating Lessons   

The Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services Instructional Skating Program is an official participant of the Learn to Skate USA Program sponsored by the US Figure Skating Association. This is a series of nationally administered badge tests used to measure skating skills. The tests provide a noncompetitive way of measuring skating skills and a feeling of self-achievement. All students in our kinderskate, beginner, intermediate and advanced classes will be tested on the badge skills and awarded badges when the skills have been successfully completed. Badge testing for adults is optional. All participants will have several chances to demonstrate each skill that must be mastered before moving to the next level.  Registration begins Aug 26.

*All participants must register with USFSA. A one-time fee of $14 is valid from September through August. The fee must be included with your registration, and can be paid for at the time of registration. 


Skates, Apparel, Helmets

Figure skates are recommended for beginners, however a good pair of hockey skates is acceptable. Skates and helmets are available for use during class at no additional charge. Layering and gloves are recommended. Helmets are required for all beginner/intermediate students (for your safety, no exceptions please). Register early.

Refund Information

No refunds will be given for withdrawing unless requested one week prior to the class beginning, or accompanied by a doctor's note.  

Hockey Leagues

Play is governed by USA Hockey/MAHA regulations. Games are played at Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena and Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena. No body checking is allowed. The season runs from mid September through late April. The team fee is $6,000. Call 734.794.6235 or email John McGovern to register. Every player must register with USA HOCKEY insurance.​  


Past Masters Drop-In

For age 55+ or goalies of any age, at Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena. Informal play on Thursday afternoons. No body
checking is allowed. First 24 players and two goalies per session may attend. Thursdays, Sept. 12 - April 23, 2:10-3:10 p.m. Fees: $10 per visit or $180 season. Goalies free.

We are proud to host the Dexter Dreadnaught, Pioneer and Huron-Skyline women’s hockey games.
Call 734.794.6235 after Oct. 1 for the 
game schedules.

Birthday Parties at the Rink

Have your birthday party at the ice rink during public skating on Saturdays or Sundays, 1-2:30 p.m. You get the party room from 12:30-3 p.m. for $80. You're permitted to bring your own food and drink (alcohol is prohibited). Cost per skater is $6 and that includes skate rental. Call 734.794.6235 for availability and details.​

Rent the Ice Arena

We offer rental opportunities for special events if you’d like to have the arena all to yourself.

Primetime is: 4 p.m.-midnight, Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-midnight on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. 
Resident; $250  Nonresident; $305

Non-primetime is; 6 a.m.-4p.m., Monday-Friday
Resident; $225  Nonresident; $275

​​Outdoor Pool

The Veterans Memorial Park Pool will open Memorial Day weekend, May 23, features a fan-shaped, zero-depth area with a “raindrop,” interactive water play apparatus, a wheelchair access ramp and a 125-foot waterslide. Minimum height requirement for use of the slide is 42 inches. We offer lounge chairs, picnic area, tennis courts and a shaded deck area.

General  Swimming

May 23 - June 14
Monday - Friday, 3:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and holidays, noon - 8 p.m.

June 15 – September 7
Adult Lap Swimming, Monday - Friday, noon - 1 p.m.
Public Swimming, Monday - Friday, 1 - 8 p.m.
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, noon - 8 p.m.
Tot Splash (for children 7 years of age and younger when accompanied by an adult) Monday-Friday, noon-1 p.m.

 *  In order to swim in the deep end of the pool, you must be 15 years of age or older, or passed the deep end test at Vets Pool in the current season.  Deep end tests are given daily at 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. and take up some of the lap lanes.  To pass the deep end test, you must swim 50 meters using front crawl (freestyle), showing strong stroke technique and not stopping.  The second part is to tread water for 1 minute while keeping chin above water the entire time.

Admission fees

3 and underFree with a paid adult
Youth ages 4 to 17$4
Adult ages 18+$5
Senior ages 55+$4
10-visit punch pass$40

ummer Season Pass Pricing
Summer season passes are valid from May 23 through Sept. 7, 2020. Season passes can be used at Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial park pools for all public swim times and tot splashes. Passes may be purchased at all of the pools, the Parks and Recreation Customer Service Center,  or online.

Preseason pass (purchased on or before May 25)
Youth or Senior
Regular Pass (purchased on or after May 26)
Youth or Senior

Private Swim Lessons

Individual swim instruction for swimmers ages 3 to adult are private lessons, 30-minutes long, and customized to meet the needs of the swimmer. Private lessons are for one participant only. Fee: Half hour $15 resident; $18 nonresident. Lessons are offered Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., June 15 - Aug. 13. Call 734.794.6235 to register. 

Group Swim Lessons

Group lessons are offered for children from the age of 6 months up. Class size is limited. Ability requirements must be honored unless prior instructor approval is granted. Registration will be accepted for any instructional swim class at any of the city pools during any public swim time, by phone or online at


Veterans Memorial Park Dolphins Swim Team

Join us for a registration session on Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park meeting room. Our swim team provides an introduction to team competitive swimming, basic skill development and a strengthening program for more advanced swimmers. We provide an opportunity to compete in up to six swim meets and an area-wide conference meet through the Washtenaw Interclub Swimming Conference. This team is open to anyone ages 5-17 years old who can swim at least one length of the pool (front crawl). Swimmers with special needs are encouraged to join. 

Practices are Monday-Friday mornings and meets are held on Saturday mornings. We offer five practice groups between 7 a.m. and noon starting the week of June 17 and ending the last week of July. Registration begins Feb. 3, and the per-child fee is $125, resident; $150, nonresident. $10 discount for multi-child registrations.

 Pool and Room rentals

Looking for a fun, affordable location to have a party or get together? We offer rentals of the main pool, tot splash, waterslide or a combination of the three. Call for pricing information, 734.794.6235.

 The Veterans Memorial Park meeting room is available to rent year-round. The room is approximately 718 square feet with a small refrigerator, 65 inch TV, speakers, connections for laptops, video and other portable devices. The room room features eight tables (6 feet x 2.5 feet) and 50 chairs. Fees are $40/per hour, resident; and $50/per hour, nonresident (one-hour minimum rental).​