Ann Arbor Parks & Rec: Get out and about this weekend

Last weekend to enter the Huron River Day contest
You have all summer to see the 11 signs in parks along the Huron River but only until Monday, May 31 to enter to win a prize as part of Huron River Day. Click here for the sign locations, prize list and entry form The contest ends May 31. Eligible entrants who do not wish to enter in person or to post on social media may enter by mail. You’ll find the details on the webpage.

Grab your clubs and hit the links this weekend
Leslie Park Golf Course is open, but tee times book quickly, so planning ahead is advised. You can book up to two weeks in advance online or by calling 734.794.6245. Due to an ongoing construction project at Huron Hills Golf Course, you can book a tee time for 11 holes. Call 734.794.6246. More details can be found at

Playground resurfacing to take place during week of May 31
The following parks will be receiving new engineered wood fibar: Tuebingen Park, Longshore Park, Wurster Park, Plymouth Parkway Park, Creal Park, Baxter Park, Leslie North Park, South Maple Park, Leslie South Park, Veterans Park, Hunt Park, Clinton Park. Playgrounds listed above will be CLOSED while work is taking place. Weather permitting, work will be complete by Friday, June 4. Questions or concerns? Contact Adam Fercho, Park Planner/Landscape Architect at

Garlic mustard weed-out week
This event takes place now through Sunday, May 30 (sunrise to sunset). Garlic mustard is an aggressive invasive plant that can quickly crowd out native plant species and decrease biodiversity in the woods. Identifying and pulling garlic mustard is fun and easy for all ages, making this a great volunteer opportunity for families. Community members are invited to survey their own yards to find and remove target species and spend some time pulling in local City of Ann Arbor nature areas. Visit for information.

Shop all weekend at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Service animals welcome, no pets allowed. Please follow posted safety guidelines. For more information, visit

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market (AAFM) features farm-fresh produce and more for the community every week. Shop Saturday, May 29, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. The gathering place for more than 130 local businesses, the producer-only market offers fresh, seasonal vegetables, premier Michigan fruits, native and ornamental plants, vegetable and herb starts, flower bouquets, mushrooms, artisanal cheeses and breads, baked goods, fresh-picked vegetables, honey, slow-roasted coffee beans, cut flowers, maple syrup and so much more.

Sunday, May 30, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., is Ann Arbor Flower Day. The AAFM is combining with the Sunday Artisan Market to offer this special flower day sale and celebration. Kerrytown will be in bloom! AAFM growers will offer a premium variety of flowers, plants, bulbs, seeds, seedlings and herbs at value prices — shoppers are advised to come early for the best selection.

Canoe, kayak and more
Starting Memorial Day weekend, the Argo and Gallup liveries will be open every day 9 a.m.–8 p.m. for boat rentals and river trips. We are now just requiring boat reservations for the 3.7-mile and 5.7-mile river trips paddling down a current and requiring van transportation. Stillwater paddling, without a current in 2-mile Argo or Gallup Ponds, no longer requires a boat reservation.

  • The Argo Livery offers the 3.7-mile river trip every day 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and stillwater paddling on 2-mile Argo Pond every day 9 a.m.–6 p.m., with all boats due back by 8 p.m.
  • The Gallup Livery offers the 5.7-mile river trip every day 9 a.m.–noon and stillwater paddling on 2.5 mile Gallup Pond every day 9 a.m.–6 p.m. with all boats due back by 8 p.m. Available boats to rent are double kayaks, single kayaks, kid kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards and paddleboats.

Volunteer with GIVE 365
Join staff Wednesday, June 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park Pool to help mulch and tidy up the landscape. For details or to register go online.

Sunday, June 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. We are looking for volunteers to help assemble a shed to store tools for Bandemer BMX work days at the Bandemer Park Dirt Bike Track. There are volunteer plans to make improvements to the bike track this summer so one of the first goals is to assemble a shed for storing equipment and tools needed to reshape and upgrade the current track. Let us know if you can help for any amount of time during our scheduled work day. Email for details, questions or to sign up!

Project updates
The Gallup Park Loop Trail resurfacing project wrapped up a week early and is ready for use Memorial Day weekend. Please stay on the asphalt path while the grass edge fills in and grows. Additionally, the basketball courts at Southeast Area Park and Leslie Park have recently been paved and are open for use! Courts will be striped and painted in the coming weeks once the asphalt has had time to fully cure.

A2ZERO Week is here
Join us June 1-6 as we celebrate the 1-year anniversary of A2ZERO – the City of Ann Arbor’s plan to achieve a just transition to community-wide carbon neutrality. With more than 20 family-friendly events happening around the city, there’s something for everyone. Join us throughout the week to learn, play, engage, eat and act to make our community more sustainable. Learn more and get involved online.