City Schedule & Events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 20

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Archived News Release: January 10, 2020 - ​City of Ann Arbor municipal offices, including the customer service center at Larcom City Hall and the 15th Judicial District Court, will be closed in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Trash and recycling collections will not be affected, and curbside service will be performed on their regularly scheduled days. Safety services and utility operations will maintain 24-hour schedules throughout. ​

Christmas tree di​​​sposal

Christmas trees cannot be discarded on the street or left out at curbs. The City of Ann Arbor provides residents with four free drop-off locations for undecorated Christmas trees through Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.  All tree stands, nails, ornaments, tinsel and plastic must be removed before leaving trees at these sites. Drop off will be permitted at these park parking lots during the hours of 6 a.m.–10 p.m. only:

  • Parking lot across the street from the Drop-off Station at 2950 E. Ellsworth at Southeast Area Park, dirt lot north of the basketball court.
  • West Park parking lot off Chapin near West Huron Street.
  • Gallup Park boat launch parking lot, entrance on the southeast side of Geddes Road, east of Huron Parkway. 
  • Olson Park parking lot, 1515 Dhu Varren Road, near Pontiac Trail.

The collected trees will be chipped on a regular basis at the park sites. All drop-off locations will be closed after Jan. 31, 2020. After this point, Christmas trees must be cut, bundled and saved until the city's compost curbside collection service resumes in April.

Ann Arbor Parks ​and Recreation

Several activities will take place Monday, Jan. 20 in the Ann Arbor parks.

Veterans Memorial Park Indoor Ice Arena, 2150 Jackson Ave., will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day skate and tribute event​ (PDF), 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to mark the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. GIVE 365 volunteers are hosting the MLK Jr. Day skate and community celebration which will feature games on the ice, hot chocolate and s'mores. Refreshments and activities are included with regular skating admission rates: adult resident, $5, nonresident, $6; youth/senior resident, $4, nonresident, $5. Skate rental rate: $3.

Mack Indoor Pool has open swimming and lap swimming available, located at 715 Brooks St. inside Ann Arbor Open School,

  • Noon–4 p.m. (five lanes available).
  • 4–6:30 p.m. (one lane available).
  • 8–9 p.m. (five lanes available).

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena, 2751 Packard Road,, has public skating in its open-air rink, noon-2 p.m.; women's only drop-in hockey, 7:45-8:45 p.m.; and all ages drop-in, 9-10 p.m. Skate rentals are available in the (heated) lobby. 

Natural Area Preservation is offering a stewardship workday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Barton Nature Area, 1-3 p.m. Help improve the wetlands in this park and create a habitat for turtles. Meet at the Barton Dam parking lot off Huron River Drive. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for snow or wet ground. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks and know-how provided. More information can be found at

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Contact Information

Robert Kellar
Communications Specialist
734.794.6000 x41524

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