A busy month in the Ann Arbor parks includes this weekend

So many opportunities to play — and work — in Ann Arbor parks this spring/summer
Registration for City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation spring and summer programming is underway! Programs include the popular summer day camps at Fuller and Buhr parks; golf lessons; learn-to-swim classes; mermaid/merman lessons; volunteer opportunities and so much more. Visit our website and click the “view the activity guide” link to see the new program guide. Paper copies can be found at parks facilities, including Mack Indoor Pool and Buhr and Veterans Memorial ice arenas. You can also register online using our convenient system at your leisure.

Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation is also hiring!
There are a variety of positions to fill, including: Summer day camp counselors, assistant recreation supervisors, golf course pro shop staff, golf course equipment operators and mowers, lifeguards, swim instructors, swim team coach, livery attendants, crew members, cashiers and grounds maintenance technicians. Go online to see full job descriptions and to apply.

Skate with a Hero at Veterans Memorial Ice Arena, 2150 Jackson Ave.
All are invited to hit the ice with the city’s finest and bravest. Ann Arbor Police and Fire departments Skate with a Hero event is set for 6–8 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at Veterans Memorial Park Indoor Ice Arena. Admission will be free; skate rentals are just $3.

Nice weather means hitting the links!
With nicer weather approaching, it is the goal to have both Huron Hills (HHGC) and Leslie Park (LPGC) golf courses open as soon as possible without sacrificing the long-term conditions of the golf courses.

As weather permits, seven holes at HHGC will be open for play every day (spring rates apply). Power carts will be available when conditions allow (possibly by mid-March). Additional holes will open as the weather improves. The targeted opening date of LPGC is Friday, March 20, based on course conditions. Our website and social media will be updated, and you can call the clubhouses for additional information. HHGC, 734.794.6246, and LPGC, 734.794.6245.

Natural Area Preservation (NAP) Stewardship Workday
Saturday, March 7, Barton Nature Area, 1-4 p.m. Join NAP to cut invasive shrubs in this nature area. Meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Drive. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for snow or wet ground. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks and know-how provided.

Salamander Survey Kick-off and Training, Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave.
Sunday, March 8, noon-2 p.m. Learn how to help NAP monitor salamanders in Ann Arbor’s parks – there are five species here. Volunteers will select parks to survey and learn how to identify these rarely-seen amphibians. Must be willing to walk in the woods on rainy cold nights in early spring and look under logs in spring and summer. Please register by March 5 by calling, 734.794.6627, or email NAP@a2gov.org.

Frog and Toad Survey Kick-off and Training, Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave.
Sunday, March 8, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to help monitor frog populations in Ann Arbor! No experience required! You will learn to identify frogs by ear and eye, and will select a route to survey. Then, once per month, March through June travel a route through the city at night, stopping to listen for frogs along the way. Most routes require driving. Register by March 5 by calling, 734.794.6627, or email NAP@a2gov.org.

Upcoming public meetings: We welcome your feedback
The public’s input is being sought on improvements to playgrounds in Bromley and West parks this summer. These will not be full playground renovations but rather improvements to a few areas and pieces of equipment.

A meeting regarding Bromley Park will take place at Clague Middle School (2616 Nixon Road) media center, Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m. Preliminary plans will be reviewed, and meeting attendees will have opportunities to provide input on the design.

Another public meeting is planned for Wednesday, March 18, 7 p.m., at Slauson Middle School (1019 W. Washington St.) cafeteria, to discuss a playground project at West Park. Preliminary plans will be reviewed and meeting attendees will be able to provide input on the design. Additionally, a brief survey is available to all online to help Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation better understand and to collect thoughts, experiences and ideas from the public about the West Park Playground. Go online to take the survey that closes Monday, March 9. For more information, please contact Hillary Hanzel, park planner, at hhanzel@a2gov.org or 734.794.6230 ext. 42548.

NAP Stewards’ Circle, Bruegger’s Bagels, 709 N. University Ave.
Tuesday, March 10, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Join the Stewardship Network’s Huron Arbor cluster for an informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in caring for natural areas. Free! For more information go online. This month’s topic: City Nature Challenge and iNaturalist.

Sign up for the last learn-to-skate, beginner hockey session of Winter 2020
Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation learn-to-skate and beginner hockey program has one more session. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Badge testing for adults is optional. All participants will have several chances to demonstrate each skill that must be mastered before moving to the next level. Sign up for session 4: March 16-April 25 (six classes). Fee is $55 resident/$67 nonresident. Register in person at Veterans Memorial Ice Arena, 2150 Jackson Ave. or online.

The Ann Arbor Senior Center is the perfect venue to host your next private event, 1320 Baldwin Ave.
This charming facility in the Burns Park neighborhood of Ann Arbor offers two event spaces, or the opportunity to rent the entire building. The gallery room features beautiful skylights providing ample natural light and classic wood beams. The conference room offers a cozy space for additional seating or for a separate event or meeting space. To schedule a tour, call 734.794.6250 or contact Brittany at bruthven@a2gov.org.

No better place to spend a Saturday than at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St.
Shop year round right in your own back yard for the freshest produce and artisan goods at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Saturdays continue all winter, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Grab a hot cup of coffee or cider and shop for greens and salad mix, apples, pears, root vegetables, garlic, Polish food, candles, jewelry, cheese, baked goods and more! Enjoy free parking in the market lot.

Join the Community Sing at the Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave.
Just like singing around a campfire, you’ll find yourself remembering that old ballad, an Irish tune, or childhood family song in no time. We use both the Rise Up Singing Song Book and the Rise Again Song Books. Song leaders typically start out each sing and all participants get an opportunity to pick a song in the circle. First Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m., drop-in fee: $5.