City of Ann Arbor to Alter Operations to Slow the spread of COVID-19
In an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Ann of Ann Arbor is taking proactive steps to follow state and county health officials' recommendations. These measures will not impact critical services such as drinking water, police, fire, emergency operations, waste and recycling collection, however, some city functions may be modified.
to learn more about the impact on programming and parks and recreation facilities.
2020 pool openings, day camps cancelled
Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation made the difficult decision to cancel city pool openings and summer day camps for the 2020 season.
Research from throughout the industry and talking with other park and camp professionals, attending webinars and reviewing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and other organizations about opening during the pandemic along with many other factors were considered before making these decisions to keep pools and day camps closed. Ultimately, the need to maintain 6 feet of distance between participants and to keep shared surfaces sanitized after every use — for example pool ladders —becomes extremely difficult, if not unattainable.
“After carefully evaluating the available information, it became apparent that it is not feasible to open pools or operate day camps within the proposed guidelines while assuring the health and well-being of our visitors, staff and the broader community,” said City Parks and Recreation Manager Colin Smith.
Fuller Park Pool set to open in July in a limited capacity
City of Ann Arbor staff are happy to announce they are planning to open Fuller Park Pool, in a limited capacity, on Wednesday, July 1. Due to the current environment, several new processes will be put in place. This means that the pool will operate very differently than it ever has before. The current Executive Order from Governor Whitmer's office, and physical distancing requirements, limit the amount of people that can be in a pool at one time. Visitors will need to register for a 90-minute session for lap swimming or for family swim and will be assigned a lane or portion of the pool. Normal pool supplies such as kick boards, life jackets and deck chairs will not be available and guests will be encouraged to bring their own if needed. Also, swimmers should plan to arrive and leave in their swim gear as there will be limited changing room access and physical distancing requirements in place.
Additionally, programming such as masters swimming, swim lessons and pool rentals will not be offered, and the water slide will remain closed. Staff are currently working to finalize the details for the reservation process. Reservations will be available on our website beginning Thursday, June 26. We will continue to update our COVID-related webpage as well as the Fuller Park website with new information. Staff will review any new orders or recommendation and adjust process if possible.
After reviewing Governor Whitmer's latest order (updated June 5, 2020) Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation plans to resume rentals of picnic shelters and open park space with reservations starting on Monday, June 22. We plan to accept rental requests starting Tuesday, June 16.. Our office can be reached at 734.794.6230 x 0 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can also email for general rental questions in the meantime. We will provide further updates next week. Please visit the following website
for more information.
Coloring and activity sheets for students
Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation has created a set of coloring and activity sheets while students are home. Busy the bee thought they might find these activities fun while learning something about the parks! You can download
and print the PDF files and watch for more to come in the near future. Additional activities include:
Summer registration temporarily closed due to COVID-19
The City of Ann Arbor is happy to offer an online registration system for our Parks and Recreation programs; as well as for our park reservations and much more.
The 2020 Spring/Summer 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.
Please see the
how to guide (PDF) to set up your account.
Use Rec 1 Registration System to log into the system and register. To verify your resident or nonresident status you can check using our online Residency Website.
The system will also draw directly from the city's property tax data to determine residency status. As a reminder, resident rates are for individuals or families residing in a dwelling for which taxes are paid to the City of Ann Arbor.
The integration between REC1 and the city's property tax data is very specific regarding how addresses are written. Due to variations in addresses, the system may occasionally identify a resident as a non-resident. The city recommends using
US Postal Service Standards for Street Names, Numeric Street Names, Directional information and Street Suffix Abbreviations when entering addresses into the Parks & Rec registration system. If you continue to have a residency issue, please verify the address using the city's
Online Tax Data service. For additional assistance, please contact customer service 734.794.6230 for help before checking out.
If you are a scholarship recipient, you cannot register online. We ask that you call our customer service office at 734.794.6230 and speak to a staff member that will walk you through the registration process over the phone.
Can people bathe and swim in water containing PFAS?
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services MDHHS has issued a “Do Not Eat Fish” advisory for the Huron River and advises people and their pets to avoid foam on the Huron River. Foam can have much higher amounts of PFAS than the water, and swallowing foam with PFAS could be a health risk. Swimming or bathing in water containing PFAS is not a health concern because the amount of PFAS is typically low compared to the foam. Although swallowing PFAS is the main way to get it in your body, an accidental swallow of river or lake water is not a health concern. Although, current science indicates PFAS does not move easily through the skin, it’s best to rinse off foam, including family pets, after contact and bathe or shower after the day’s outdoor activities. None of this information changes recommendations for people’s water used at home. The City of Ann Arbor is exploring the installation of hand-rinsing stations in close proximity to the city’s canoe liveries this summer. These will be in addition to hand-washing facilities available in public restrooms at the liveries. Visit the PFAS webpage for additional information
Lyme disease transmission has been confirmed in Washtenaw County.
Learn more about ticks, Lyme disease, and prevention by visiting the Washtenaw County Health Department.
There's so much to do in the Ann Arbor Parks
There is so much to do and see with City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation. Ann Arbor’s 163 parks and 15 parks facilities play host to a variety of amenities and activities for all ages, abilities, and interests. Find your own idea of fun and visit a park or facility today! Below is a list of Ann Arbor parks and addresses. If there isn't a particular street address associated with the property, we have listed the streets you can find the park between.
The City of Ann Arbor is proud to offer many types of features in our parks. The vast majority have nature and play areas, picnic tables, and walking trails. Listed below are some other popular types of park features the city offers and in which parks they can be found.