Parks & Rec Weekend: Swimming season extended!

A Bounty of Local Produce at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Shop local Saturdays and Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. with over 120 vendors! We have summer tomatoes, melons, artisan products, baked foods, fresh fish and meat, Polish and Mediterranean food and more. Next week Wednesday, Sept. 4 join us for our monthly food truck rally, 5-8 p.m. to be followed by the Detroit Circus and a movie on the big blow-up screen, “A Star is Born” as part of the Flicks on Bricks initiative. Don’t forget the tickets are now available for our upcoming farm-to-table dinner on Sept. 20. Visit our website for details.

Fall-Winter Registration Is Underway!
We have so many great fall and winter activities in the Ann Arbor parks you can now sign up for including golf tournaments, fall canoe/kayaking programs, learn-to-skate and beginner hockey and swim lessons. To view the PDF guide visit our website or stop by a parks facility and pick one up in person! 

Holiday Weekend Activities for All
The weather forecast looks great for our last weekend that Veterans Memorial and Buhr Park Pools are open. We’re happy to report Fuller Park Pool will remain open until Sept. 15 and you can buy extended season passes online. Consider renting a canoe/kayak/tube from Argo or Gallup Canoe Liveries. River trips are all open! Summer hours still in effect Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day Monday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. After Labor Day boat rentals are still available every day until season end Oct. 20. Check the website for hours and river trips times and locations. We hope to see you out and about.

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Golf Specials over the Holiday Weekend
Please enjoy early twilight rates this weekend beginning at 2:30 p.m. today through Monday at both golf courses:
Leslie Park, $25 w/cart
Huron Hills, $22 w/ cart

Also Monday, Sept. 2 we have an 18-hole with a cart special all day:
Leslie Park, $38 per person; $32, seniors
Huron Hills, $30 per person; $25, seniors

Huron Hills will be offering a family FootGolf package. For $25 bring up to six individuals to play 9 or 18 holes. This will include rental balls if needed! This offer is good Friday thru Monday after 2 p.m. Call the clubhouse for tee times and details, 734.794.6246. For details visit our website.

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.

GIVE 365 Events and Activities
Join the Ecology Center for Parks and Crafts, Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Activities include making a reusable produce bag from a shirt, learn about recycling and sustainability and participate in a park activity provided by GIVE 365. This initiative is sponsored by the City of Ann Arbor Public Works Department of Solid Waste. These free events for families, individuals and groups are held once a month through June 2020. Supplies are limited. Please bring your own shirt (or a few) if you can! 315 Detroit St. Register by emailing Preregistration ensures enough crafting materials for everyone. Walk-ins welcome.

Volunteers needed
Monarch Migration Festival, Sunday, Sept. 8, noon-4:30 p.m. (event is 1-3:30 p.m.) This event is hosted by Leslie Science and Nature Center (LSNC), at Gallup Park’s Butterfly Garden (3000 Fuller Road). Join LSNC in a celebration of the monarch butterfly’s migration and help contribute to conservation efforts for monarchs by engaging in a variety of butterfly-related activities. Learn about the challenging journey monarchs take every year, have your face painted and meet local experts and vendors support butterfly conversation efforts. Volunteers are needed to help with face painting, parking, tent traffic, butterfly release station and the crafts/games table. Volunteers may also have a chance to release a Monarch butterfly once the festival has concluded! If you’d like to be guaranteed a butterfly to release, please register so we can know how many butterflies to obtain for this event! To sign up to volunteer, email Trish at or Lannis at

We’re Hiring: Work with us in the Ann Arbor parks
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 attend this event as a dinner guest you can buy tickets to the dinner online (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 Focused on Healing
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.