Ann Arbor pool updates, park events and more

Fuller Park Pool set to open in July in a limited capacity
City of Ann Arbor staff are happy to announce they are planning to open Fuller Park Pool, in a limited capacity, on Wednesday, July 1. Due to the current environment, several new processes will be put in place. This means that the pool will operate very differently than it ever has before. The current Executive Order from Governor Whitmer’s office, and physical distancing requirements, limit the amount of people that can be in a pool at one time. Visitors will need to register for a 90-minute session for lap swimming or for family swim and will be assigned a lane or portion of the pool. Normal pool supplies such as kick boards, life jackets and deck chairs will not be available and guests will be encouraged to bring their own if needed. Also, swimmers should plan to arrive and leave in their swim gear as there will be limited changing room access and physical distancing requirements in place.

Additionally, programming such as masters swimming, swim lessons and pool rentals will not be offered, and the water slide will remain closed. Staff are currently working to finalize the details for the reservation process. Reservations will be available on our website beginning Thursday, June 26. We will continue to update our COVID-related webpage as well as the Fuller Park website with new information. Staff will review any new orders or recommendation and adjust process if possible.

Day camp and Buhr Park and Veterans Memorial outdoor pools update
Unfortunately, day camps are still cancelled for the 2020 season and the outdoor pools at Buhr Park and Veterans Memorial will remain closed for the year.

Volunteer Stewardship Workdays at NAP resume with changes

To attend a Natural Area Preservation (NAP) workday, participants must preregister onlineVolunteers must wear a mask and maintain six feet of physical distance from others at all times during the event. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. We suggest wearing long pants, closed-toed shoes and gardening gloves. Compost bags will be provided. Please register for each event by noon on the Friday prior to the weekend which it occurs. Links to each event are provided below. Consider registering now for these events next weekend. All meeting locations will be provided after registration.

Saturday, June 20
* Black Pond Woods Nature Area, 9 a.m.-noon. Enjoy the fresh air and rolling hills while pulling invasive species that threaten the health of this ecologically important park. Then, take a peek at the natural feature we are working to protect at the end of the day; Black Pond! Register online.

* Dhu Varren Woods Nature Area, 1-4 p.m. Help us protect our population of Wild Indigo Duskywing butterflies, a rare species in our area, by removing encroaching invasive species from the butterfly’s habitat. Register online.

Sunday, June 21
Mary Beth Doyle Park, 9 a.m.-noon. This wonderland of a park has everything you can think of! Disc golf, a stream, a wetland, paved trails, natural trails, boardwalks, beautiful native flowers … and invasive species too! Help us remove these non-native, aggressive plants and protect the wildflowers that call this park home. Register online.

Redbud Nature Area, 1-4 p.m. It may be too late to see the beautiful redbuds in bloom but you can still lend a hand! Pulling one invasive plant here will prevent up to 5,500 new seeds from being spread and make a huge difference. Register online.

Visit Every Park Challenge
With 163 parks in Ann Arbor’s parks system, we are thinking you may not have been to all of them. But what if we challenged you to get out and see how many parks you can get to this summer? We therefore invite you to embark on a Visit Every Park Challenge (VEP) with us! Get outdoors, explore and discover a new park space you’ve never been to before and track your journey. In a few weeks we’ll be introducing the challenge kit, for now we are kicking off with our featured parks of the week. Check out the attached flyer to learn about the first four featured parks and an optional activity challenge. Every two weeks we will feature a new set of parks that also will have a hidden letter for you to find (one letter per set of parks). Participate all summer long and you’ll collect six letters and win big! Visit our website for more information or contact GIVE 365 at 734.794.6445 or volunteer@a2gov.org with any questions!