Join the first A2 Park Walk at Hansen Nature Area tomorrow

Featured walk of the week
There is an abundance of research on why walking in nature is good for our brains, bodies and emotional well-being. Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation is inviting you to get outside and take a walk in nature. You can explore the featured walks on your own or attend a hosted walk. No registration is necessary. Attend any hosted walk to pick up your walk challenge card for tracking and setting your walking goals. Earn a Visit Every Park knapsack after three walks! Be sure to tag us in your pictures using #a2parkwalks

Saturday, Feb. 6, 10-11 a.m. at Hansen Nature Area The kick off walk event is tomorrow at Hansen Nature Area. Hosted by Natural Area Preservation staff, this walk features a short ½ mile loop hike through a wooded area. Don’t let the colder temperatures keep you from enjoying a short walk in nature.

Sunday, Feb. 14, 1-2 p.m. at Olson Park Join staff on Valentine’s Day for a park walk that offers it all. With a paved pathway around the pond and plenty of nature trails for more variety in distance and adventure, we invite you to explore this park. This featured walk is hosted by Ann Arbor Senior Center staff who will welcome you and help you get started discovering these trails.

We welcome you to complete a survey to provide feedback after each walk. To view/download (see attachment) a map and information about the first walk at Hansen Nature Area and other February walks, visit Please remember to wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart from others outside your household.

Shop local Saturday at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open for onsite sales Saturday, Feb. 6, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., located at 315 Detroit St. Vendors will have apples, apple cider, winter squash, carrots, radishes, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, turnips, greens, lettuce, onions, garlic, herbs, microgreens, poultry, eggs, sausages, cheese, bread, honey, baked goods, coffee, olive oil, jam, pasties, Polish food, Mediterranean food, candles, jewelry, body care products and more! Preordering from select vendors continues with curbside or walk-in pick up 8 a.m.-noon. For preorders, contact the vendor directly from our directory. We are accepting cash, and tokens for credit cards and SNAP/EBT/P-EBT are available at our market office window. While shopping and picking up preorders, please follow all physical distancing and safety guidelines posted and communicated by market staff. All vendors, market staff and customers are required to wear masks. You’ll find additional information on our website.

Be our Valentine: An Ann Arbor Senior Center drive-thru event
On Wednesday, Feb. 10, noon-1 p.m., the Ann Arbor Senior Center and the Brookdale communities of Ann Arbor and Brighton will be offering coffee, doughnuts, valentines and goodie bags to all seniors when you drive up to the Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave.) Festive attire is encouraged! For additional information, visit the website or call 734.794.6250.

Free Lunch Break Club hosted by the Ann Arbor Senior Center
Every Thursday, noon-1 p.m., the live Lunch Break Club takes place via Zoom, free of charge! Join us Thursdays each week to take a break, talk about a weekly topic and feast over your own homemade lunch plates. Guests are invited to share their own stories, ask questions or simply just sit back and listen. Weekly topics include:

Feb. 11, Hallmark Holiday – share your favorite holiday card sentiment; Feb. 18, Favorite Local Spots; and Feb. 25, What’s Playing at Your Home Theater?

Check out our website and Facebook page for updates and future weekly themes. For more information, contact Meeting ID: 91519648869. Passcode: 463533. Join Zoom meeting

Instructional skating session 3 is open for registration at Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena, 2150 Jackson Ave.
Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation is announcing registration is underway for session 3 of its instructional skating programs at Veterans Memorial Park Indoor Ice Arena. These limited operations adhere to the current Michigan Department of Health and Human Services orders. Parks staff will continue to evaluate operations as new orders are issued. Masks are required while on and off the ice.

Use the registration system to sign up for classes, and visit the website for COVID-19 information and guidelines participants are encouraged to read before visiting. Session 3 runs March 10-April 25 (six classes). The cost is $54, resident; $72 nonresident.

Veterans Memorial is also offering open skating timeslots you can book online and private, non-hockey rental opportunities for $250 per hour. Please contact Recreation Supervisor Bill Meeks at for more information.