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COVID-19 Update

​To learn about the status of parks activities and programming impacted by the virus, please visit our COVID-19 page​.

​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. 

All day camp and outdoor pool registrations will be fully refunded.

“Staff will look for new opportunities to connect with the community, both virtually and in person when feasible, throughout the summer,” Smith said. “We all look forward to the 2021 summer when we hope to welcome back many returning campers and welcome new ones.”


 

The "Along the Banks of the Huron" video is brought to you by the generosity of the Ewing Pros, Reinhart Realtors, Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Services and Ann Arbor State Bank.​

​Bi​​​k​​​​​e

Ann Arbor prides itself on being a bike-friendly community.​ The city serv​​​es its bicycling community with infrastructure improvements for​ cyclists and by promoting awareness of cycling opportunities and resources in the Ann Arbor area, including a comprehensive bike map for the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. ​

Cano​​e a​nd Kayak

Situated on the picturesque Huron River, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, all-ages programs, special events, and more await at Argo and Gallup canoe liveries. 

Catch Ai​​r on​​ the Dirt Bike Course

Bandemer Park features a dirt bike course for beginners and experts alike. Grab your bike and catch some air or find a place on a nearby bench and enjoy the show.

Discover​ Day Camp Adventur​​​es 

Fun-filled days are spent exploring our beautiful parks with trained, enthusiastic, and nurturing camp staff. Our camps offer a safe and positive environment where children gain confidence and learn new skills. Campers can swim, kayak, canoe, fish, hike, play games, create works of art, and much, much more!

Enjoy a P​ark Playgr​​​ound

If you're looking for a playground in Ann Arbor, we're proud of the more than 90 we maintain throughout the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation system. Our playgrounds have a wide variety of features from slides and climbers to large jungle gym systems and swings. Click here​ to view a complete list of playgrounds.

Universal Access Playground

The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Centennial Playground located within Gallup Park offers children with disabilities opportunities to gain self-confidence and  greater independence. Children of all ages and abilities will develop and play together. Additionally, caregivers with disabilities have the chance for their children to play, where they too can engage, supervise and interact together with them, as never before. The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living helped provide input for the design of the playground so that it is a safe and inclusive place for the child in ALL of us.

Experien​​ce Cul​​ture

Expand your social life, experiences, and perspective with programs that encompass music, local history, theater, and more through workshops, lectures, performances, and demonstrations. 

Find Off-leash Fun​​​ at a Do​​​g Park

Off-leash dog parks are located within Olson and Swift Run parks. Bring you​r dog for exercise and social fun. A permit is required for use.  Did you know the City of Ann Arbor has a dog leash law? Dog Le​ash Law Per city code, it is a violation to have a dog off leash, other than in a designated dog-play area. The violation is punishable by a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $500 for a first offense. In addition, dog owners are required by law to clean up after their dog or a ticket may also be issued. Check out the city’s three off-leash dog parks where dogs can safely run and play! City of Ann Arbor Dog Park Information

Get to Know N​​a​ture

Leslie Science & Nature Center features programs for all ages, live birds of prey, a critter house, and more. Program registration is offered through the LSNC website

Give Disc G​​​​olf a Whirl

Two city parks, Bandemer and Mary Beth Doyle, feature free-use d​​​isc golf courses. 

G​o​lf

Tee times, leagues, lessons, tournaments, and more are offered at the city's two golf courses, Huron Hills (par 67) and the award-winning Leslie Park (par 72). Both facilities feature carts, club rentals, clubhouses, and pro shops.

Ice Skate and​ Play Hoc​​key 

Open skating, lessons, hockey, special events, and more are offered at the city's two ice arenas, inside at Veterans Memorial Park and outside at Buhr Park. Both facilities offer locker rooms/lockers and vending machines.
Sign up online for our skating or beginner hockey lessons.

Make a Fast Bre​ak to ​an Outdoor Basketball Court

If you're looking for a basketball court in Ann Arbor, we're proud of the
mo​​re than 30 courts we maintain throughout the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation system for your recreational enjoyment. View a complete list of basketball courts.

Pickl​eball

We now offer pickleball. The courts are striped for both tennis and Pickleball (light blue lines featured in the photograph). Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis where players use paddles to hit a perforated ball, similar to a waffle ball, over the net. You can now play at South Maple Park and Leslie Park.

Play Ball on​​ a Park Athletic Fie​​ld

If you're looking for an athletic field in Ann Arbor for soccer, baseball, or softball we're proud of the more than 50 fields we maintain throughout the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation system for your recreational enjoyment. View a complete list of athletic fields.

Serve and Volley o​​​n a Park Tennis Court 

If you're looking for a tennis court in Ann Arbor, we're proud of the more than 30 courts we maintain throughout the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation system for your recreational enjoyment. View a complete list of tennis courts.

Shop Fres​​h at the Fa​​rmers Market 

At this producers-only market, shoppers can find a diverse mix of local produce, crafts, prepared foods, and more. Hours: May through December, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. / January though April: Saturdays only, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. / June through October, Wednesday Evenings, 4-8 p.m.

Skateb​​​o​​ard 

Now open at Veterans Memorial Park, the Ann Arbor Skatepark features a free-use, 30,000-square-foot park with kidney pools, a snake run, clover, rock ride, flow bowls, and more!

Stay Active at A​​ny ​​Age 

While parks and recreation programs are intended for all ages, Ann Arbor's older adults can find a wide range of programs, services, and social 
activities at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Programs, often 
intergenerational, are designed to empower and engage in healthful and meaningful ways.

Sw​​​im

Open swim times, lessons, swim teams, and more are offered at the city's one indoor pool at Mack, and three outdoor pools at Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial parks. Renew or purchase a pool pass via the online registration system​ or call Mack Pool at 734.794.6237​, Fuller Park Pool at 734.794.6236, Buhr Park Pool at 734.794.6234, Veterans Memorial Park Pool at 734.794.6235, or Parks Customer Service at 734. 794.6230 ext. 0 for assistance. ​

Take a Hike

With more than 160 parks and nature areas there are literally thousands of acres of land to visit in the Ann Arbor parks. We’ve selected six trails in Ann Arbor for you to explore! We’ve also compiled some important statistics that will help you enjoy your hike through Bird Hills Nature Area, Black Woods Pond Nature Area, Cedar Bend Nature Area, Furstenberg Nature Area, Mary Beth Doyle Park and Marshall Nature Area. Please see the t​wo-sided map​ to help you explore.

Volunt​e​​​​er 

Sign up for our one-day events, short-term experiences​​​, or become a long-term volunteer. Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation has many opportunities to lend a hand as an individual, family, or group.

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"Do Not Eat Fish" From the Huron River Advisory Issued by the State of Michigan. The advisory includes that "touching the fish or water and swimming in these water bodies is NOT CONSIDERED a health concern.Therefore, the Gallup and Argo canoe liveries will maintain full operations. Read full advisory here.