News & Notes from Ann Arbor Parks & Rec

Fall-Winter Registration Opens Monday
It’s that time of year to sign up for our Fall and Winter classes and events in the Ann Arbor parks. Registration opens Monday, Aug. 26. However you can view the new 64-page guide to know what you want to sign up for on our website. Activities include golf tournaments, fall canoe/kayaking programs, learn-to-skate and beginner hockey and swim lessons. Mark your calendar!

The best local produce right here in Ann Arbor
Shop local at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sweet corn and peaches are here, along with tomatoes, cucumbers and summer veggies. For more details on our website. 315 Detroit St.

Natural Area Preservation (NAP) Stewardship Workday
Sunday, Aug. 25, Barton Nature Area, 9 a.m.-noon. Barton Nature Area is one of the top butterflying spots in Ann Arbor. Many species seen here rely on native plants. Take part in our effort to protect butterfly habitat by pulling the non-native plant species. Meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Drive. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Nature Walk with NAP and Ann Arbor District Library
Thursday, Aug. 29, Cedar Bend Nature Area, 6-7:30 p.m. Cedar Bend was one of Ann Arbor’s first parks, protected as a nature area in a time when manicured parks were the common practice. Join us for a family-friendly nature walk to explore this historic park overlooking the Huron River. This walk will include some steep terrain. Meet us at the Island Park parking lot, at the end of Island Drive. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water if desired. 

A Beautiful Weekend in the Parks
The weather forecast looks amazing. Make plans to swim at Buhr, Fuller or Veterans Memorial Pools, play 9 or 18 at Huron Hills or Leslie Park or consider renting a canoe/kayak/tube from Argo or Gallup Canoe Liveries. You’ll find details online about locations, rates and more. We hope to see you out and about.

Love a Park Day Needs Volunteers
Love a Park Day, Sunday, Sept. 18, 1-3 p.m. Join us at Veterans Memorial Park to get our hands dirty and show some love and care to this popular park! We will be cleaning up litter and debris and hand pulling weeds in the garden beds. All tools, gloves, and water are provided. We will meet in the parking lot by the pool entrance. Bring a water bottle and sun protection. For more information, contact GIVE365 at or 734.794.6445.

We’re Hiring
We have a variety of jobs posted in the Ann Arbor parks including ice skating instructor, Zamboni driver, canoe livery attendant, recreation facility staff and more! To view the entire list of jobs visit our website and apply online today – it’s that easy!

Volunteers Needed for a Special Event
The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is turning 100 years old! To celebrate, we are hosting a farm-to-table dinner at the market on Friday, Sept. 20, 6-8 p.m., to highlight our vendors and local food. We are seeking volunteers to help out on the day of our fabulous feast. There are several ways to be involved: set-up, take-down, registration and serving food. Sign up here to volunteer. If you wish to buy tickets to the dinner see the attached PDF file.

Easy Indoor Plant Care and Propagation
Join this hands-on class lead by Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener trainee Corry Buckwalter, to learn about the health benefits of growing indoor plants, how to care for them and propagate your own new plant to take home. Sample potted plants will be available to study. Open to adults 55+. Free. Ten participant limit. Registration required. Call 734.794.6250 to reserve a spot. Starting Friday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Rental Opportunities for Special Events/Meetings
Looking for a local spot to host a baby shower, birthday or service club meeting? The Ann Arbor Senior Center is a great venue! Call 734.794.6250 or visit 1320 Baldwin Ave.

New Workshop
Adults 55+ please join us for a spirituality and coping workshop at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Sept. 27, 1-4 p.m. This is a free program that helps people who are coping with the loss of a loved one. The class gives you the opportunity to share your experiences with others dealing with similar feelings. This workshop also addresses spirituality and what it may mean to you. The event will be led by Reverend Dorrie Rosenblatt, M.D., P.h.D. Call 734.794.6250 to register. 1320 Baldwin Ave.

It’s almost that time: Dog Swim 2019
Once Buhr Park Pool closes to the public for the season, it’s time for our four-legged friends to make a splash. Celebrate the dog days of summer at the annual dog swim Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5, 3–8 p.m. Swim times are in half-hour increments. Walk-Ins are welcome. Buhr Park is located at 2751 Packard Road. The cost for the first dog is $6 for residents/$7.50 for nonresidents, and for the second dog, $3 residents/$3.75 nonresidents.