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.
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.
Argo & Gallup Canoe Liveries have closed on Monday, September 7 due to a COVID-19 exposure from an employee who worked while pre-symptomatic, but is not believed to have been in close contact with livery customers. If you visited either location from August 31-September 6, you should self-monitor for symptoms and/or consult with your doctor. The facilities will be professionally disinfected before they reopen.
Closed for Summer 2020
Most Swimming Pools
Update: On June 12 they city announced that Fuller Park Pool will open with operational changes. Buhr and Veterans Memorial Park Pools will remain closed. (See below for more details on Fuller Park Pool).
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.
Update: On June 12, the city confirmed that day camp remains canceled.
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.
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 liveries were open for boat rentals, but are temporarily closed due to a COVID-19 closure. They are not renting tubes for the Cascades this summer. The river is open for boating in your own boats or rafts. My daughter got an inflatable kayak for Christmas and has enjoyed it at Gallup Park. However, Argo Cascades was open for tubing in personal rafts, but closed when the UM students returned.
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 are open 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 reopened on May 8. Make sure to bring your own frisbee and maintain social distance.
Dog Parks – May 8
The Ann Arbor Parks Dog Parks reopened 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 reopened on May 9. On May 30th, they moved to a phase 2 opening. Pre-ordering for walk-in or curbside pickup is still available. With Phase 2, walk-in shopping is now allowed. Vendors will be spaced out in the market and there will be signs with instructions for customers. Traffic in the market is one-way, vendors will wear masks, and guests are asked to wear masks and maintain social distance.
Foot Golf – May 18
Foot Golf returned to Huron Hills on May 18. You have to bring your own soccer ball.
Argo & Gallup Liveries – May 29
The Argo and Gallup Canoe Liveries are now open with a few changes:
- Advance reservations are required to minimize lines
- Equipment sanitized between uses
- Shared/common surfaces thoroughly disinfected throughout operating hours
- Boats will be launched from the self-launch docks
- Hand sanitizer will be available
- Trained staff will be wearing masks
- Physical distancing of 6′ or more on docks and in lines
- Operations moved outdoors where possible
- No tube rentals this year
- River Trip transportation will only be provided for one member of a group with limited seating in the van.
- Masks are required in the van and in and around buildings
Playgrounds – June 8
Playgrounds re-opened on June 8. As a reminder, playgrounds are not cleaned or sanitized by the City. Playground visitors are encouraged to maintain social distance on the playgrounds.
Skatepark – June 8
The skatepark reopened on June 8 along with the playgrounds. The skatepark is not cleaned and sanitized by the city. Remember to maintain social distancing at the skate park.
Shelters and Pavilions – June 22
Shelter and Pavilion rentals will resume June 22. Reservations will begin on Tuesday, June 16.
Fuller Park Pool – July 1
Fuller Park Pool will reopen with significant operational changes on Wednesday, July 1. Reservations will be required for a 90 minute session of lap swim or family swim. Guests will be assigned a lane or portion of the pool. Amenities like kick boards, life jackets, and deck chairs will not be available and the water slide will remain closed. Guests will be encouraged to come and go in swim gear since changing room access will be limited. There will be no organized programs like swim lessons, masters swim, or pool rental.
No Opening Dates Set
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. Summer events are listed on their calendar for registration.
We will keep you updated with park updates from Washtenaw County, other local cities and townships, and the outdoor facilities at the public schools.
Playgrounds are re-opening 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 reopened on June 5.