This review of Veterans Memorial Park Pool is part of our Summer Series: Wednesday Activity Reviews.
Our Visit to Veterans Pool
Today’s Wednesday Activity Review is a bit different. My 15 year old visited the pool with friends while I took a long walk. With decreased capacity due to COVID, I decided to not take a slot to watch her. She and her friends mostly swam laps, but took time to enjoy the slide and take a few pictures.
The pool at Veterans Park offers space for tots, family swim, a slide, and lap swimming.
Vets Pool Tot Area
Vets Pool has a zero-entry section with sprayers that is perfect for young kids. It is similar to a toddler pool, except it is connect to the main pool. There is a rope separating the tot area from the main pool.
In typical summers, Vets Pool offers tot splash just for kids ages 7 & under and their adults. During tot splash, only the tot section of the pool is open. The rest of the pool is often being used for swim team and swim lessons.
Vets Pool Main Pool and Water Slide
The main pool area is typically split into open swim areas and lap lanes. On her visit my daughter mostly swam laps. This section of the pool is shallow enough that kids can stand in most of it.
Vets Pool has a water slide that exits into the main pool. My daughter has always been fascinated by the slide when we drive by on Jackson Rd. She and her friends took a break from their laps to go down the slide a few times.
Vets Pool Deep End
Typically kids age 16 and younger need to take a deep end test before swimming in the deep end. This test has to be taken each summer and is not transferrable between Ann Arbor pools. However for 2021, they are not able to offer the test due to staff shortages. The age limit for the deep end has been lowered to 12. Younger children will not be allowed in the deep end.
For the deep end test, kids need to swim 50 yards (two lengths 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.
Other Veterans Park Activities
The pool is just one part of Veterans Park. The park also includes an ice rink, playground, a skate park, tennis courts, and numerous baseball and softball fields.
Veterans Park Playground is behind the pool locker rooms on the hill. It is surrounded by trees and offers a shady place to play before or after visiting the pool.
The skate park is a big attraction for many Ann Arbor kids and teens. A pool trip is a great way to cool off after skating.
When my daughter had softball games at Veterans Park on hot summer nights, I always looked longingly at the pool while parking. It would have been very refreshing to hop in the pool after the game. Sadly the games typically ran past the pool’s closing time.
In winter months while the pool is closed, you can enjoy the Vets Park Ice Arena or sledding on the hill on snowy days.
Visiting Vets Pool
Veterans Park Pool is great for all ages. However, if you are just visiting with 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.
As teenagers, my daughter and her friends enjoyed the lap lanes (they are swimmers) and the slide.
Getting to Vets Pool
Veterans Pool is one of the Ann Arbor City Parks Pools. The park lies between Jackson Ave & Dexter Ave at Maple Rd. The pool is on Jackson Ave (2150 Jackson Ave) There is a parking lot right at the pool.
The Ride bus route 30 has a stop across Jackson Ave from the park.
Veterans Pool 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 water bottles.
The pool has limited seating options in 2021. You can bring your own chairs or blankets. With the short length of swim slots in 2021, you may spend less time out of the water than in past years.
Unlike the other Ann Arbor pools, Vets Pool has a concession stand and not just vending machines. You can typically buy snacks.
Swim Lessons & Swim Team at Veterans Park Pool
Veterans Park typically offers swim lessons on weekday mornings. My daughter took lessons there several times when she was younger.
The Veterans Park Dolphins Swim Team is also a great choice. After swimming on the Buhr Park Sharks, my daughter was going to make the switch to the Vets Dolphins in 2020. With swim team canceled in 2020 and 2021, she has not been on a summer swim team. She enjoyed the Buhr team, but they only had 1-2 girls her age so she never got to swim relays. The Vets team had more older swimmers including many friends from the Mack Manta Rays.
Other Pools & Places to Get Wet
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Events at Veterans Park Pool
Most park events including Splash Days & Tot Splash have been canceled during COVID with lower capacity at the pools. Hopefully these events will be able to return in 2022.
Veterans Park Tot Splash
Veterans Park offers Tot Splash on select weekdays. At Tot Splash only the tot section of the Pool is open. There may be swim team practice or swim lessons happening in the main pool during Tot Splash.
Upcoming Tot Splash Events:
Veterans 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.