This review of Fuller 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 Fuller Park Pool
Summer was off to a hot start this year with temperatures in the 90s on Memorial Day weekend. With the warm temperatures that week, part of exploring Ann Arbor in a Prius Prime lent to us by Toyota USA involved visiting pools. We visited Buhr Park on Memorial Day and Fuller Park after school the next day.
Fuller Park Pool
The pool at Fuller Park offers space for family fun and lap swimming. The pool has a shallow end which is great for young kids, lap lanes, and a deep end. When we visited there were several lanes dedicated for lap swimmers. A few of the lanes were available for family fun.
The shallow end has a zero-entry ramp. There were also pool toys for the kids to play with.
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.
Fuller Park Deep End
The Deep End at Fuller Park Pool allows diving. Kids 16* and younger will need to take a deep end test before swimming in the deep end. Despite passing the test at Buhr Park the previous day, my daughter had to retest at Fuller Park before she could go in the deep end.
For the deep end test, kids need to swim 50 meters (one length 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.
(* 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).
Fuller Park Slide
The number one reason that my daughter wanted to visit Fuller Park was for their slide. The slide is not connected to the pool. Instead, it exits into a chute. Unfortunately it was not working due to mechanical issues the day of our visit. We will have to return another day to try the slide.
Other Fuller Park Pool Activities
Fuller Park Pool also has a Gaga Pit. The Gaga Pit is located inside the pool fence and is only available to pool patrons. There are also charcoal grills in this area.
Outside the pool gate is the Fuller Park Playground. This is a shady playground that is perfect for a visit before or after the pool. There are also numerous sports fields located throughout Fuller Park.
Visiting Fuller Park Pool
Fuller Park Pool is great for all ages. However, if you are just visiting iwth toddlers, I prefer Buhr Park Pool with a separate zero-entry tot pool. 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 Fuller Park Pool
Fuller Park Pool is one of the Ann Arbor City Parks Pools. The park’s address is 1519 Fuller Rd. The pool is across the street from the University of Michigan Hospital. The pool shares a lot with the University. There are dedicated spaces for the park/pool. Make sure you are parking in one of the designated spaces on weekdays.
Fuller Park offers daily admission, season passes, and a 10 visit punch pass. Only daily admission is available in 2021 and for a single 2 hour session.
Daily Admission rates 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. Several of the chairs and tables are partially shaded by slats. New for 2018 are several shaded circular sofas.
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.
Swim Lessons & Summer Camp at Fuller Park Pool
Fuller Park Pool typically offers swim lessons on weekends during the summer. They also offer summer camp each week.
Other Pools & Places to Get Wet
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Events at Fuller Park Pool
Most park events including Splash Days & Dive in Movies have been canceled during COVID with lower capacity at the pools. Hopefully these events will be able to return in 2022.
Fuller 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.
Fuller Park Dive in Movies
Fuller Park Pool offers Dive-In Movies a couple of times in the summer. In Fall, the movies will move to Mack Pool.