Increased capacity among new changes coming to Ann Arbor public pools June 14

Changes include more swimmers in lap lanes, no season passes, deep end age restrictions

A child swimming in a pool. (WDIV)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Starting June 14, capacity will be increased at Ann Arbor’s Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial public pools, the city announced Friday.

The changes come after the most recent order by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, announcements by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and updates to public pool operating guidelines by Washtenaw County Health Department.

Additionally, limitations to lap lanes will be changed to allow up to three swimmers starting June 14. Previously, only one swimmer was allowed in each lane.

“Staff are evaluating lower capacity options for immunocompromised individuals and other designated groups,” officials said.

Here’s a timeline of how things will change:

From Friday, May 29, to June 13, public pools will continue to operate under existing capacity limitations and use the existing reservation system. This will give the city time to update its staffing models and set up new operating procedures, officials said.

Between June 14-30 capacity will be increased for lap swimming and general swim. Pool admissions for a two-hour block of time can be purchased online. If available, pool admissions can be bought at the pool the day of.

Fuller Pool will have up to 150 spots available but both Buhr Park Pool and Veterans Memorial Park Pool will be limited to 90 spots each. These spots include reservations made in the Omnify system, officials said in June 4 update.

Starting July 1, operational adjustments will be made as regulatory agencies update information.

Ready to make reservations? Here’s how:

  • For pool spots prior to June 13, community members can reserve a two-hour block of swim time at
  • For swim times on June 14 and beyond, admissions can be bought at the pools or online at Swimmers can begin buying pool admissions for these slots online beginning at 12 a.m. on Tuesday, officials said in a June 4 update.
  • Pool saff will contact those with current reservations between June 14-30 about their reservations.

Read: Ann Arbor public pools to maintain limited capacity through Memorial Day weekend

This year, children under the age of 12 will not be allowed in the deep end of the three pools and deep end tests will not be administered due to staffing issues. Traditionally, children under the age of 16 must pass a deep end swim test to be allowed within the deep ends of each public pool.

“We have looked at best practices around Michigan and throughout the country. We have also looked at other city policies regarding the age of swimmers who are able to come to the pool unsupervised by an adult. Based on this, children aged 12 and older will be allowed to use the deep end without a swim test at all three pools,” officials said on May 28.

Additional changes at the public pools will include no season passes, limited deck furniture, and no rentals and large group reservations.

Visitors who are not fully vaccinated or not exempt will be required to wear masks inside the lobby and locker rooms.

The city also announced that additional UV filters have been added to the Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial pool filtration systems.

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