A2 Parks Roundup: Parks announce wage increases for seasonal jobs

Earn more money this summer thanks to new wage increases
Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Services is pleased to announce across the board wage increases for all temporary seasonal jobs. Starting salaries will be at $15.66* for TEMP 1/STEP 1 hires.

Working in the parks helps applicants build their resumes by improving public speaking skills, handling money in some instances, gaining responsibility in roles such as day camp counselors and swim instructors and strengthening social skills while improving self-confidence. Maybe it’s your dream job to drive a Zamboni or you’re an athlete and you’d benefit from the exercise you get from working at the canoe liveries, ice arenas and golf courses! The benefits are endless and now applicants will enjoy even bigger paychecks! There are a variety of jobs posted now and more spring/summer positions will be added in the coming weeks. To view the jobs and apply online visit www.a2gov.org/parksjobs.

(*Pending city council approval to continue in fiscal year 2023).


Utility project may impact parking at Bandemer Park
There will be utility work scheduled for the week of February 14 near the Barton Drive entrance to Bandemer Park. This activity will not restrict access to the park, but may impact the number of available parking spots available at this entrance to the park. Thank you for understanding.

Interim bridge closures planned
The Old Dixboro Road bridges that cross over the Huron River (near Geddes Dam) are scheduled for inspection Feb. 23-24, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. If the work is not completed the road will also be closed on Feb. 25. Traffic will not have access to the bridge or the river trail from this location. At the end of each day the truck involved with this project will be cleared from the area for after-hours access. We appreciate your patience during this short-term closure. Please see the map below.


Cupid’s arrow drive-thru
Please join Ann Arbor Senior Center staff, Wednesday, Feb. 16, noon-1 p.m. for a Valentine’s drive-thru event. Senior geared goodie bags will be given out to patrons that sign up; limited spots available. All will be welcome to enjoy cookies and beverages to take home or enjoy in your car! To RSVP, contact bpatton@a2gov.org or 734.794.6250 to reserve your spot today! Free of charge.

Ann Arbor Senior Center live trivia
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1-2 p.m. Each game will have questions based on weekly themes. Invite your friends, grandchildren, and neighbors to login and play with you. We will keep a tally of winners and at the end, will have prizes that you can pick up. Zoom Meeting ID: 979 1239 9740, or click here. Passcode: 194912. Questions? Email bpatton@a2gov.org or call 734.794.6250. Free of charge.

Senior golf league registration underway at Huron Hills Golf Course (HHGC)
HHGC is currently accepting golfers (age 50+) or the 2022 golf season. Nine-hole, two-person senior league, for men and women. This 20-week league starts May 10, playing every Tuesday, starting at 8:30 a.m. Weekly cost is $10 for 9-holes with a cart. To register, or for more information, email Mort Hirshman golfmort@comcast.net or call 734.794.6246.

Natural Area Preservation Stewardship work days
Please stay home if you are feeling ill. NAP continues to monitor recommendations from health officials, volunteers registered for events will be notified in advance of any changes to the workday. Please wear long pants (we recommend layered clothing in winter) and closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle and leather gloves if you have them. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools and know-how provided.

* Join staff at Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area, Sunday, Feb. 20,1-3 p.m. to use loppers and handsaws to remove invasive shrubs. Meet in the Scarlett Middle School bus loop off Lorraine St. (map). Register here.

* At this workday Saturday, Feb. 26, 1-3 p.m. at Gallup Par we will be expanding an existing area of wet prairie by removing invasive shrubs with handsaws and loppers.  Meet in the Gallup Park parking lot, just over (south of) the wooden bridge (map). Register here.

Shop to your hearts content on Saturday at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Shop local for Valentine’s Day! The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open for onsite sales Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., at 315 Detroit St. You will find apples, apple cider, leafy greens, root vegetables, bread, eggs, poultry, meat, cheese, baked goods, prepared food, beverages, artisan products and more! We accept cash and tokens for credit cards and SNAP/EBT/P-EBT are available at our market office window. Please follow all safety guidelines posted and communicated by market staff. Service animals welcome. More information can be found on the website.


Skate outdoors at Buhr Ice Arena
Grab your skates and preregister for a skating session OR walk-in at Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena (2751 Packard Road) this weekend. Currently rink capacity allows 100 skaters per session due to staffing shortages. Sessions fill up fast with the first 100 people so keep that in mind when planning a visit! Rental skates are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Customers may pay admission no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the start of an open skate. To book online visit the website. These policies are subject to change dependent on our continuous evaluation of ways to provide the best customer service. Questions? Call 734.794.6234. For the weekend schedule and beyond visit the Buhr webpage.

Shop local and show your love for the parks
Have you visited the online A2 Parks Shop? You can purchase apparel and merchandise representing your favorite facility or program in the parks system. Go online today. We offer a variety of sizes and colors of t-shirts (long and short sleeve), sweatshirts and tote bags featuring the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, GIVE 365 and the Natural Area Preservation burn crew! Click here to shop!