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​​​​​​2021 Outdoor Pool Season (Updated June 29, 2021)

After the announcement of the rescission of Emergency Orders by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation staff have decided the outdoor pools will continue to operate as it has since June 14 for the foreseeable future. For additional details for each pool, visit Fuller Park PoolBuhr Park Pool and Veterans Memorial Park Pool.​

Pool admissions will be available in two hours blocks and can be purchased online or at the pool the day of, if spaces are available. Fuller Pool will have up to 150 spots available per 2-hour block while Buhr Park Pool and Veterans Memorial Park Pool will have up to 90 spots available per 2 hour-block. Typically, up to 3 swimmers per lap lane will be allowed. Total spots available include individuals that made reservations in the Omnify system.

Due to staffing levels developed under previous MDHHS Orders and historically low numbers of job applicants, the operational model that it is currently in place allows us to provide the safest environment for pool users. We will continue to evaluate staffing levels to determine if additional changes can be made over the course of the summer.

Reservation and admission systems
Individuals and families will be able to purchase pool admissions online or in person for dates on or after July 1 on Monday, June 28 at 10 a.m. While advanced purchases are not necessary, the option is available for those interested.
• You must have a current CivicRec account with all attendees over the age of 3 on the account
• Click on the General Swim Registrations tab at the top of the page
• Choose the pool you would like to visit and click the name
• Choose the time slot and pool area (lap swim or general swim) that you would like to attend (There are separate registrations for general swim and lap swim. If you want to lap swim you must register for a lap lane session.)
• Choose who will be attending the pool
• Click Select Dates and choose dates that the selected individuals will be attending
• Youth and Senior discounts will automatically be applied. (Accounts must have a birthdate in the system for the discounts to apply.)
• Once you have selected your dates and attendees, please check out and pay

Operational updates:
* We will be offering pool punch passes beginning Thursday, July 1.
* Deck furniture will be available for use at all three pools.
* Historically at the city pools, we have required a deep end test for all children under the age of 16 in order to use the deep end. We have spent a great deal of time reviewing our deep end test policy, specifically the age requirement of 16 years. We have looked at best practices around Michigan and throughout the country. We have also looked at other city policies regarding the age of swimmers who are able to come to the pool unsupervised by an adult. Based on this, children aged 12 and older will be allowed to use the deep end without a swim test at all three pools. Unfortunately, at this time, we will not be doing deep end test for children under 12 years old, due to staffing constraints. We will continue to evaluate this and adjust if possible.
* Rentals and large group reservations are not available this season.
* Visitors will be required to wear masks inside (lobby and locker rooms), unless fully vaccinated or otherwise exempt.
* We are very excited to announce the addition of UV filters to our outdoor pool filtration systems. Several years ago, Ann Arbor saw an outbreak of cryptosporidium and many pools in our community had to close for an extended period of time. Prior to that outbreak, we had a UV filter installed at Mack Indoor Pool, which resulted in the pool only being closed for a day. Recognizing the value of having a secondary filtration system that kills all bacteria and water borne illnesses and considering the added safety that it offers our guests, we have installed the UV filters at each of our outdoor pools.
* The City of Ann Arbor will continue to offer times with limited capacity for individuals/families that are immunocompromised. Please be mindful if selecting this time slot.​

Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial Park Pools

Updated Friday,  ​June 4, 2021

General pool infor​​​mation

Since the most recent Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Order, Governor Gretchen Whitmer's announcements, and the updated Washtenaw County Health Department Public Pool Operating information, City of Ann Arbor Parks staff have been working to update the procedures and admissions systems to accommodate the increased capacity beginning June 14. 

As previously stated, the City is planning a stepped approached to increasing capacity, which is outlined below.

5/29/2021 - 6/13/2021: Operating under existing reservation system with existing capacity limitations in order to provide time to update staffing models and set up new operating procedures.

6/14/2021 - 6/30/2021: Increase capacity limits for lap swimming and general swim. Pool admissions will be available in two hours blocks and can be purchased on-line or at the pool the day of, if spaces are available. Fuller Pool will have up to 150 spots available per 2-hour block while Buhr Park Pool and Veterans Memorial Park Pool will have up to 90 spots available per 2 hour-block. Total spots available include individuals that made reservations in the Omnify system. Typically, up to 3 swimmers per lap lane will be allowed. 

After reviewing options and systems, individuals will be able to begin purchasing pool admissions online Tuesday June 8 at midnight for dates on or after June 14. While advanced purchases are not necessary, the option is available for those interested. 

7/1/2021: Make operational adjustments based on updated information from regulatory agencies.

If you are interested in purchasing an admission online for dates on or after June 14th, please follow these steps –

  • Please visit the Regist​ration​ page
  • You must have a current CivicRec account with all attendees over the age of 3 on the account
  • Click on the General Swim Registrations tab at the top of the page
  • Choose the pool you would like to visit and click the name
  • Choose the time slot and pool area (lap swim or general swim) that you would like to attend
    • There are separate registrations for general swim and lap swim.  If you want to lap swim you must register for a lap lane session.
  • Choose who will be attending the pool
  • Click Select Dates and choose dates that the selected individuals will be attending
  • Youth and Senior discounts will automatically be applied
    • ​Accounts must have a birthdate in the system for the discounts to apply
  • Once you have selected your dates and attendees, please check out and pay

June 14 – 30 Swim time options
Buhr PoolFuller PoolVeterans Pool
Monday – FridayEverydayEveryday
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Lap Swim Only6 a.m. – 8 a.m. Lap Swim Only12 p.m. – 2 p.m. *
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Lap Swim only2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  * 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday / Sunday12:00 p.m. – 2 p.m.6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.4 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Lap Swim Only6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. 
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. *  
(*) Time slots are reduced capacity for individuals and families that are immunocompromised


Please be mindful of these lap swimming expectations:

1. Please circle swim in all lap lanes. Even if you are the only swimmer in a lane, please circle swim so that swimmers feel welcome to share any lane.

2. For swimmer safety, please share a lane with swimmers that appear to match your swim speed even if there is a lane with fewer swimmers.

3. For swimmers' safety, please take care when passing swimmers in your lane. Awareness and care of those you are sharing a lane with can make your swimming experience safe and enjoyable.

4. Please feel free to kindly and respectfully resolve any challenges you have with other swimmers. If for some reason you are unable to resolve challenges with another swimmer in a mindful way, please let staff know so that they can help resolve the issue.

For individuals with current reservations during this time, pool staff will be contacting you directly with more information about your reservation.

As a reminder, the City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services has a scholarship program to ensure that all Ann Arbor residents have access to our facilities regardless of economic situation.  More information about our scholarship program, please visit our scholarship website.  Current scholarship recipients should work with pool staff to secure pool spots this summer.

City staff continue to work hard to evaluate orders and implement operational changes in a way that provides more opportunities for people while incorporating safe practices.  As decisions are made about the next phase of increased capacity, staff will send out additional communications.


For additional details for each pool, visit Fuller Park Pool, Buhr Park Pool and Veterans Memorial Park Pool.​