ANN ARBOR PARKS AND RECREATION
Ann Arbor public pools to maintain limited capacity through Memorial Day weekend
Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial pools will be updating their operating procedures for the summer following recent announcements from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).
Take a hike with these March Ann Arbor park walks
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Looking to get out of the house but don’t quite know what to do? Every Saturday in March., the organization is hosting organized walks at parks and nature areas around Tree Town. Throughout March, featured walks will be held on:Participants can win Visit Every Park prizes from Parks & Rec, including frisbees, a walking club patch and a T-shirt, for walking at different numbers of parks. Masks should be worn and community members are encouraged to stay six feet away from those not in their own household. After completing their walk, community members can take this survey and give feedback about the program.
Ann Arbor Parks and Rec offers free golf for veterans on Wednesday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Dust off those clubs and tee up! On Wednesday, veterans can play a free round of golf at Huron Hills Golf Course courtesy of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreations in honor of Veterans Day. Participants can play five-and-six-hole rounds for free and receive a free power cart rental. Golfers wanting to play 11 holes, the maximum allowed right now at HHCG due to construction, will just pay $5. Golf course construction began in September and consists of wetland creation and creek restoration to an area that will be called Benz Creek in the near future.
City of Ann Arbor seeks public input on planned Gallup Park improvements
ANN ARBOR – Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation will hold an online public meeting on Nov. 12 to get input on planned improvements for the vehicle bridge and surrounding areas of the park road and the Border-to-Border trail. The virtual community meeting will begin at 7 p.m. during which city staff will provide updates about the project, which include several design options. (City of Ann Arbor)The designs were developed after the city received hundreds of responses to an online survey earlier this year. The passcode is 721373 or call one of these toll-free numbers: US: +1 213 338 8477 or +1 206 337 9723 or 888 788 0099 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5247 (Toll Free). The webinar ID is 964 1532 4995.International numbers available: https://a2gov.zoom.us/u/acEq9AyiP✉ Like what you’re reading?
Ann Arbor’s Fuller Park Pool to close on Sunday after unprecedented season
ANN ARBOR – For many residents, Fuller Park Pool’s reopening this summer restored a sense of normalcy and seasonal tradition, though things felt very different due to the coronavirus pandemic. To do this, they created a brand-new reservation system for the pool’s very limited lane supply and reconfigured its deck, and it didn’t come without its challenges. From painting the pool deck to indicate family and lap reservation spaces to safety protocols, she feels her team created a safe environment for guests. One particular challenge to Fuller Park Pool staff was creating a new reservation system with a limited amount of lap lanes. Fuller Park Pool is at 1519 Fuller Rd.
City of Ann Arbor: Argo Park, Gallup Park canoe liveries closed for the season
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The Argo Park and Gallup Park canoe liveries have been closed for the rest of the season, according to the City of Ann Arbor. The early closure is due to COVID-19 positive test results received by liveries employees who were pre-symptomatic while working on Sept. 5-6. On Monday, Sept. 7, the City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation announced a temporary closure of the liveries after an employee received a positive COVID-19 test result. Liveries employees have been required to wear masks and follow other safety protocols. The liveries temporarily closed for around two weeks in July after two employees tested positive for COVID-19.
Argo Park, Gallup Park canoe liveries temporarily closed after employee tests positive for COVID-19
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The Argo Park and Gallup Park canoe liveries closed on Monday after an employee received a COVID-19 positive test result. Liveries employees have been required to wear masks and follow other safety protocols. Community members who visited the Argo or Gallup canoe liveries between Aug. 29 and Sept. 6 are asked to self-monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms. This is the second time the canoe liveries have temporarily closed due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19. From July 7-20 the canoe liveries were temporarily closed after two employees received positive COVID-19 test results.
Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation: Tubing prohibited on Argo Cascades starting Friday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Starting Friday, you wont be able to lazily float along Argo Cascades in your tube, according to Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation. The department made an announcement Wednesday afternoon that tubing will no longer be permitted in the Argo Cascades section of the Huron River, which wraps around the northeast part of downtown Ann Arbor. The decision was made to support ordinances and orders made by the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County Health Department. The City of Ann Arbor ordinance, effective as of Monday, Aug. 24, limited outdoor social gatherings to 25 people and indoor gatherings to 10. But individuals with their own tubes continue to use the Argo Cascades creating crowds that are not consistent with the current orders.Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation staff will work with Ann Arbor Police Department to enforce the new ordinance.
Goats return to Ann Arbors Gallup Park to munch on invasive plants
ANN ARBOR Dont be alarmed if you see several goats grazing in Gallup Park over the next few weeks. Goats eat pretty much every green plant in sight, including invasive species like buckthorn and honeysuckle and even poison ivy -- dont worry, theyre not allergic. After last years successful pilot project, the goats from Twin Willow Ranch of Milan were brought back on Thursday to clear out invasive shrubbery and overgrowth. This is a great way to help promote native plants in our parks while, at the same time, decreasing the hours we spend on removing invasive brush," Parks and Recreation Maintenance Services Deputy Manager Scott Spooner said in a statement last season. Everything would have to be removed by cutting and pulling, and the goats enable us to use that labor in other ways."
Fuller Park Pool in Ann Arbor to open July 1
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The City of Ann Arbor is set to re-open Fuller Park Pool on July 1 with limited capacity and operational changes. The number of visitors to the pool will be limited due to physical distancing requirements and executive order requirements by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, according to a statement by Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation. Fuller Park Pool visitors will need to bring their own supplies as pool supplies, like life jackets, kickboards and deck chairs will not be available. Masters swimming programs, swim lessons and pool rentals will not be offered and the Fuller Park Pool water slide is still closed. Fuller Park Pool is at 1519 Fuller Rd.
Ann Arbors annual canoe, kayak auction set for June 17
ANN ARBOR City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation will be holding its annual canoe and kayak sale at Gallup Park on June 17. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Gallup Canoe Livery will be showcasing and selling one- and two-person kayaks, aluminum canoes and rowboats that are used and damaged. Attendees are asked to practice physical distancing and payment will only be able to be made by credit card. The Gallup Canoe Livery is at 3000 Fuller Rd. Like what youre reading?
Ann Arbor playgrounds, skatepark to open on Monday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The city of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation department has announced that it will reopen public playgrounds around the city and the Ann Arbor Skatepark on Monday, June 8. The announcement was made after Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer rescinded Michigans stay-home order on June 1. According to the announcement, structures and equipment at the playgrounds and skatepark are not cleaned or sanitized so residents are encouraged to use increased safety measures like social distancing. Signage around the playgrounds and skatepark will be updated and an announcement relating to outdoor public pools and day camps is planned for next week. Sign up for our email newsletter here!
Dont miss full moon night paddles in Ann Arbor this summer
ANN ARBOR While it feels like all the summer fun in Ann Arbor has been canceled, one seasonal highlight is still on this year for the community to enjoy. Full moon night paddles at Gallup Park will take place once a month as the full moon rises from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This years dates are: July 10, July 31 and Aug. 21. Pricing is $15 for a one-person kayak and $20 for two-person kayaks and canoes. According to staff, physical distancing protocols will be in place during each paddle.
Ann Arbor liveries reopen to the public
ANN ARBOR Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation announced Friday the reopening of its Argo and Gallup liveries to the public. According to Ann Arbor Parks and Rec, reserving boats ahead of time will allow for staff to ensure a safe environment with a limited amount of boaters. The Argo livery is at 1055 Longshore Drive and can be reached at 734-794-6241. The Gallup livery is at 3000 Fuller Road and can be reached at 734-794-6240. City of Ann Arbor seeks input as it mulls opening streets to promote safe distancingBriarwood Mall in Ann Arbor reopens with enhanced safety protocols
City of Ann Arbor cancels 2020 summer camp, pool seasons
ANN ARBOR Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation announced Monday that it is canceling all summer day camps and city pool openings for the 2020 season amid the ongoing health crisis. This includes all summer day camps at Argo, Buhr, Fuller, and Gallup parks and all city outdoor pools at Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial parks. Those who have registered for outdoor pools and day camps will be receive a full refund. Staff will look for new opportunities to connect with the community, both virtually and in person when feasible, throughout the summer," Smith said in a news release. We all look forward to the 2021 summer when we hope to welcome back many returning campers and welcome new ones."
Skate to country tunes tonight at Ann Arbor’s Buhr Outdoor Ice Arena
ANN ARBOR – Lace up your skates and get ready to sing along to your favorite country songs this evening at Buhr Outdoor Ice Arena. Country Music Night is kicking off Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation’s Funky Frosty Fridays series. The event runs from 7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Skate rentals are $3. Upcoming Frunky Frosty Fridays include:Jan. 3: Boy Band NightFeb. 7: K-Pop NightMar.