Ann Arbor Parks has updated their operational status for Spring and Summer 2020. We have split the update into sections on what is currently open, what is opening soon, and what is remaining closed for now. We also have a section for upcoming park events and camps.
- Closed for Summer 2020
- Currently Open
- Trails and Paths
- Personal Boating
- Golf Courses
- Bryant and Northside Community Centers
- Athletic Fields & Basketball Courts – May 8
- Tennis – May 8
- Disc Golf – May 8
- Dog Parks – May 8
- Farmers Market – May 9
- Foot Golf – May 18
- No Opening Dates Set
- Events and Upcoming Activities
- More Updates
Information in this article was based on the park’s COVID update page. The May 18th update includes closure of the city swimming pools and summer camps for summer 2020.
Closed for Summer 2020
On May 18, Ann Arbor Parks announced that the city pools will not be opening for summer 2020. This includes Buhr Park Pool, Fuller Park Pool, and Veterans Memorial Park Pool. The City said that it is not practical to be able to maintain 6′ of social distance at the pools.
This includes the cancelation of all events at the pools including Swim Teams, Swim Lessons, and Summer Splash Days. Refunds will be provided to anyone who signed up for these activities or purchased a yearly membership.
Ann Arbor Parks will not be holding their summer camps this year. This includes camps at Argo, Buhr, Fuller and Gallup Park. Anyone who was previously signed up will be refunded.
Upcoming Sponsored Events
Trails and Paths
The trails and paths through all of the parks have been open throughout the COVID-19 closures. Make sure to maintain social distance while on the trails. Facilities at parks including restrooms, water fountains, and playgrounds are still closed.
Be sure to check out our list of walks without playgrounds.
The river is open for boating in your own boats or rafts. My daughter got an inflatable kayak for Christmas. I may just have to get one to join her on the river this year. Once it warms up, you should be able to visit the Argo Cascades in personal rafts. Just be sure to keep proper social distance. The liveries remain closed (see details below)
Ann Arbor Parks operates two golf courses. They reopened on May 1 with modified procedures. Tee Time Intervals have been increased, pre-payment online is required, golf carts are only allowed for disabled customers, and touch points have been removed..
Bryant and Northside Community Centers
Bryant and Northside Community Centers are open for essential services. They are distributing food and hygiene products and education at home kits. They have also distributed art & craft kits provided by Ann Arbor Art Center.
Athletic Fields & Basketball Courts – May 8
Athletic Fields will be opening for solo use or by members of the same household. Social distancing should be maintained at all times.
Tennis – May 8
Tennis is a great sport for social distancing. Tennis courts will be reopening as staff reinstall nets at the courts. Doubles play is not allowed.
Disc Golf – May 8
Disc Golf courses at Bandemer and Mary Beth Doyle Park will reopen on May 8. Make sure to bring your own frisbee and maintain social distance.
Dog Parks – May 8
The Ann Arbor Parks Dog Parks will reopen on May 8. Visitors should wear gloves when opening and closing the gates and be sure to keep proper social distance.
Farmers Market – May 9
The Ann Arbor Farmers Market will reopen on May 9. This phase 1 opening will require pre-ordering for walk-in or curbside pickup. Vendors will be spaced out in the market and there will be signs with instructions for customers. Phase 2 will introduce the option to shop on site.
Foot Golf – May 18
Foot Golf will return to Huron Hills on May 18. You will have to bring your own soccer ball.
No Opening Dates Set
Playgrounds remain closed. Staff is following CDC recommendations and will re-evaluate based on their recommendations and social distancing guidelines.
Argo & Gallup Liveries
The Argo and Gallup Canoe Liveries cannot open up. They are investigating operational changes that will allow them to open up later this year. With shared boats, tubes, oars, and life vests, extra cleaning would be needed. Plus, social distance is difficult with staff helping guests into boats and running vans between the liveries for river trips.
The river is still open for personal boats.
Shelters and Pavilions
Shelters and Pavilions at the parks remain closed. They will be reevaluated based on social distancing guidelines, CDC recommendations, and the lifting of the stay-at-home order.
The skatepark remains closed. It will be reevaluated when the stay-at-home order is lifted based on social distancing guidelines and CDC recommendations.
Cobblestone Farm remains closed. Rentals and events are currently canceled. If you have an upcoming reservation, you will be contacted 60 days in advance to discuss social distancing in effect, and whether the event should continue. There are no penalties for canceling reservations.
Events and Upcoming Activities
All Ann Arbor Parks events are canceled through the end of May. Events at the pools are canceled throughout the summer with the pools closed. Personally, I expect to see events canceled throughout summer, particularly ones that draw a large crowd. We are holding off on adding summer events to our calendar until there is more clarity on what will be held.
We will keep you updated with park updates from Washtenaw County, other local cities and townships, and the outdoor facilities at the public schools.
At this time, all playgrounds are closed throughout the region.
Washtenaw County has canceled their summer camp and is not opening Rolling Hills Water Park or Blue Heron Bay at Independence Lake this summer. The beach at Independence Lake is planning to open on June 5.