City Thanksgiving Schedule and Opportunities

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November 15, 2018 - ​There will be no trash, recycling or compost curbside collection services in the city of Ann Arbor on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22. The normal Thursday pickups will occur on Friday, and the normal Friday routes will be serviced on Saturday, Nov. 24, this week only.

Ann Arbor municipal offices, including the customer service center at Larcom City Hall and the 15th Judicial District Court, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23. Safety services and utility operations will maintain 24-hour schedules throughout.

The seasonal curbside pickups of compostable materials will end for the season on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Ann Arbor's compost collection provides an opportunity for pickup of fall leaves and other yard debris that have been placed on lawn extensions in paper bags or compost carts or tied into brush bundles, as described online at Leaves are not permitted in the street and will not be collected if pushed there.

For more information on solid waste, recycling and compost please visit

Plenty is planned with Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation next week. Though Buhr Park and Veterans Memorial Park ice arenas, as well as Mack Indoor Pool, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day), there will be skating and swimming fun post-Thanksgiving Friday and through the weekend.

Buhr Park Outd​​oor Ice Arena

( | 2751 Packard Road)

  • Public Skating Schedule — Friday, 7:15-8:45 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 7:15-8:45 p.m.; and Sunday, 3:15-5:30 p.m.

  • Buhr Sticks and Pucks/Drop-in Hockey — Wednesday: 3:30-4:30 p.m. (drop-in, all ages); Friday: 4-5:15 p.m. (sticks and pucks, all ages); and Saturday: 1:15-2:15 p.m. (drop-in, all ages).

Veterans Memorial Indoor Ice Arena

( | 2150 Jackson Ave.)

  • Public Skating Schedule — Wednesday, 11:10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Saturday: 1-2:30 p.m.; and Sunday: 1-2:30 p.m.

Mack Indoor Pool

( | 715 Brooks St.)

  • Dive-in movies/family fun days — Join GIVE 365 on Saturday, Nov. 24 for the Dive-in Movie, Little Mermaid. Mack will be getting out mermaid/merman tails for participants to try. Additionally, enjoy themed games and activities 6:30-8:30 p.m. for children during the dive-in movies! Showtime is at 6:30 p.m. Games will be announced and intermixed throughout the viewing. Admission is discounted to $15 per family (up to two adults, three kids) and $4 individual admission. Bring an inner tube, join in a game and have fun.

  • Public Swimming — Public swimming will be offered Friday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (lap swim only: three lanes available) and 1-5 p.m. (three lanes available for lap swim). Saturday, 5-6 p.m.

  • Women's only swim — Participants and staff are all female. Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (lap swim only: three lanes available) and 1-6 p.m. (three lanes available for lap swim).

It's not too late t​​o golf!

  • ​Huron Hills Golf Course (HHGC, 3465 E. Huron River Drive) will remain open, weather permitting. Carts and the availability to play the back nine will also be based on the weather. To learn more visit

Shop at the An​​n Arbor Farmers Market

( | 315 Detroit St.)

It's the holiday season at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, featuring wreathes, center pieces and gifts for your loved ones. Come enjoy the twinkle lights, and stock up for those big family dinners. Looking for a special turkey for your turkey day? The farmers market has you covered. Wednesdays continue through Christmas, and Saturdays are year round. Free parking is available at the Ann-Ashley parking structure on Saturday until 3 p.m. for patrons.

Natural Area Preser​​vation

Join the Family Volunteer Day Stewardship Workday Sunday, Nov. 18, 1-4 p.m. at Barton Nature Area. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, what better way to show gratitude for our beautiful natural areas than by helping to improve the biodiversity of Barton Nature Area, an essential part of Ann Arbor's riverside greenway. Family Volunteer Day celebrates families that work together to improve their communities. Bring your family and join the NAP family in removing invasive shrubs and collecting native seeds. Meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Drive. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks and know-how provided.

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Contact Information

Robert Kellar
Communications Specialist
734.794.6000 ext. 41524

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