Parks and Recreation Open Space (PROS) Plan survey open to the community
The City of Ann Arbor is updating the Parks and Recreation Open Space (PROS) Plan to identify goals, needs, trends and priorities for the next five years and beyond. Beginning today, an online survey is available to allow the community to provide feedback on the future of Ann Arbor Parks.
Updating the PROS Plan helps to facilitate community discussion and evaluation of topics of importance and current issues. The online survey is one way for the community to participate during the PROS Plan process, and additional opportunities to engage, such as public meetings, will follow.
The PROS plan also plays an important role in qualifying for state and federal grant funding. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) requires that all municipalities applying for recreation grants have a current plan on file with the MDNR and to update that plan every five years. To view and read the plan, please click here.
The survey will close on Sunday, June 5. If you have any questions or comments about the PROS plan update, please contact Hillary Hanzel, Park Planner and Landscape Architect, [email protected].
2022 program/event registration is open
Click here to view the 2022 Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Activity Guide. There's a host of events, activities and classes you can register for in the Ann Arbor parks include summer day camps, golf and swim lessons, volunteer opportunities and canoe/kayak activities. To register visit the online system for convenient access and payments.
Effective Monday, Aug. 9, 2021
Masks are required indoors at all City of Ann Arbor facilities, regardless of vaccination status*. *Unless medically or otherwise exempt.
Operations altered due to COVID-19
In an effort to continue 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.
Free residential sand/salt
During the winter, the city provides residents with up to five gallons of a sand/salt mixture, per visit, at various locations around Ann Arbor to help treat sidewalks. Residents need to bring their own shovel and bucket as well as load material themselves from the marked piles. Sand/salt mixture is not for contractors or landscapers. Material will be available as of Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.
Locations for pick-up include:
- Veterans Memorial Park
- Gallup Park
- Allmendinger Park
- 721 North Main Street
- Buhr Park
- Burns Park
- Leslie Park
Buy Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation apparel
You can now buy t-shirts, tote bags and more online featuring designs from your favorite programs and facilities Check back often as we'll be adding new designs in the coming weeks. We're proud to partner with a local screen printer on this project. Click here to shop
There's so much to do in the Ann Arbor Parks
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 confirmed
Learn more about ticks, Lyme disease, and prevention by visiting the Washtenaw County Health Department.
Park activities and amenities
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. Private lessons on tennis courts are prohibited.
Basketball Courts Tennis Courts Softball Fields Soccer Fields
Skate park Swimming Pools Boat Launches
Ice Rinks Dog Parks Disc Golf Dirt Bike Course Petanque
Dirt bike course: