This review of Buhr Park Pool is part of our Summer Series: Wednesday Activity Reviews. Our visit was part of the #MyPriusMyTown Campaign sponsored by Toyota USA. All opinions are ours.
Our Visit to Buhr Park Pool
Summer is off to a hot start this year with temperatures in the 90s on Memorial Day weekend. With the warm temperatures, we knew that part of exploring Ann Arbor in a Prius Prime lent to us by Toyota USA was going to involve visiting a pool.
Buhr Park Tot Pool
The Tot Pool is open normal pool hours and during Tot Splash hours. This is the perfect spot for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. When my daughter was younger, Buhr Park Pool was our choice for Tot Splash because of their longer hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Buhr Park Main Pool
The main pool at Buhr Park offers space for family fun and lap swimming. When we visited on Memorial Day, there were two lanes dedicated for lap swimmers. The remainder of the main pool (4 lanes) was available for family fun.
The main pool, lap lanes, and deep end typically close to children for 10 minutes at the end of every hour. This allows some of the lifeguards to take a break and gives adults a chance to enjoy the pool alone for a few minutes.
Buhr Park Deep End
The Deep End at Buhr Park allows diving. Kids 16 and younger will need to take a deep end test before swimming in the deep end. During our visit, it was less crowded than the main pool area. (* Note Vets Pool’s website states the age is now 12 and they are not offering a deep end test in 2021 due to limited staff. I don’t know if this applies to Buhr as well).
For the deep end test, kids need to swim 50 yards (two laps of the main pool) and tread water for 1 minute. The swimming needs to be a front crawl (aka freestyle) with their arms coming out of water. The deep end test is offered several times a day. You have to take the test at each of the Ann Arbor pools.
Visiting Buhr Park Pool
Buhr Park Pool is great for all ages. Their zero-entry Tot Pool is separate and a great place for toddlers and preschoolers. Older kids will enjoy the main pool and the deep end.
Getting to Buhr Park Pool
Buhr Park Pool is one of the Ann Arbor City Parks. The park’s address is 2751 Packard Rd. The pool is located near the back of the park. Follow the entrance drive past Cobblestone Farm on the right, the tennis courts and playground on the left, and the Cobblestone Farm/softball fields parking lot on the right. If the parking lot in front of the pool/ice arena is full, additional parking is available in a dirt lot at the end of the drive or you can park in the Cobblestone Farms lot (there are trees offering shade here).
Buhr Park offers daily admission, season passes, and a 10 visit punch pass. Note only daily admission is available in 2021 due to decreased capacity.
Daily Admission rates (for a single 2 hour session) are:
- Adult: $6
- Youth (ages 4-17): $5
- Child (3 & under): Free
- Senior (age 55+): $5
The 10 visit punch pass is $40. Passes can be shared among a family. <Not available in 2021>
Season Passes: <Not available in 2021>
- Family: $265 (Ann Arbor Resident), $325 (non-resident)
- Adult: $140 (Ann Arbor Resident), $175 (non-resident)
- Youth: $110 (Ann Arbor Resident), $135 (non-resident)
Family rate is valid for up to 2 adults and 3 children living in the same household. Additional children can be added to the pass for $5 each.
Season passes and the punch pass are valid at all 3 Ann Arbor Parks outdoor pools (Buhr, Fuller, and Veterans).
What to Bring
First, you’ll need the obvious swim gear (bathing suits, goggles, towels, and sunscreen). I also suggest bringing a water bottle. I definitely needed water while we were there.
There are pool chairs on the deck, and a few picnic tables. There is also a grassy area where you can set a blanket. Some of the chairs are shaded especially near the Tot Pool. Many of the chairs were occupied when we arrived, so we ended up in full sun.
I suggest bringing singles for the vending machines. While the pool closed for kids, my daughter visited the ice cream vending machine for a snack. There is also a beverage vending machine and a snack (candy, chips, etc) vending machine.
Other Pools & Places to Get Wet
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Events at Buhr Park Pool
Most park events including Tot Splash and Splash Days have been canceled during COVID with lower capacity at the pools. Hopefully these events will be able to return in 2022.
Buhr Park Tot Splash
Buhr Park offers Tot Splash on weekdays while Ann Arbor Public Schools is closed. At Tot Splash only the Tot Pool is open. There may be swim team practice or swim lessons happening in the main pool during Tot Splash.
Upcoming Tot Splash Events:
Buhr Park Splash Days
Each of the Ann Arbor Parks pools offers Splash Day a couple of times during the summer. Splash Day features fun games organized by Give365 volunteers.
More Buhr Park Summer Fun
Buhr Park also offers a fun playground. Check out our Buhr Park Playground Profile.
Buhr Park features a number of sports fields. There are tennis courts adjacent to the playground. Over the years, my daughter has also played soccer and softball on fields at Buhr Park.
Buhr Park is also the location of Cobblestone Farm. The farm hosts historic holiday events and has tours available.