Parks & Rec: Plenty of things to do this weekend in Ann Arbor parks

We need you! Upcoming Burr Oak Park volunteer workdays
Join Adopt-a-Park staff to cut and remove invasive and non-native shrubs such as common buckthorn, honeysuckle and autumn olive from the park’s wooded area. City staff will facilitate the workdays and bring all necessary tools and supplies. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 5-7 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 6, 5-7 p.m. Visit for more information about this project. Register to volunteer online,

Mack Indoor Pool private swim lessons available
Sign up for individual swim instruction for swimmers ages 3 to adult. Each private lesson is 30-minutes and customized to meet the needs of the swimmer. Space is very limited. Private lessons are for one participant only. 30-minutes, $18, resident; $22, nonresident. Lessons are available Oct. 2-Dec. 12 and Jan. 8-May 1. Online reservations are open here.

Saturday and Sunday timeslots:
1:40-2:10 p.m.; 2:20-2:40 p.m.; 3-3:30 p.m.; 3:40-4:10 p.m.; 4:20-4:50 p.m.; 5-5:30 p.m. and 5:40-6:10 p.m.

Instructors will wear a clear plastic face shield during lessons. Please self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before you arrive. If anyone is not feeling well, has a fever, shortness of breath or any COVID-19 like symptoms, or has recently been exposed to COVID-19, please cancel the lessons. Make-up lessons will be provided as needed.

At this time, swimmers should be accompanied by no more than one adult for the lesson and that individual is required to wear a mask. Arrive no more than five minutes before your lesson and be sure that the swimmer is dressed to swim. Locker rooms will be for entering the facility and emergent bathroom use. Please continue to distance from other guests. Once you have completed your swim, please exit the pool deck and out to the parking lot.

Show your love of the parks! Buy Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation apparel
You can now buy t-shirts, tote bags and more online featuring designs from your favorite programs and facilities Check back often as we’ll be adding new designs in the coming weeks. We’re proud to partner with a local screen printer on this project.

Click here to shop!

Ann Arbor Senior Center brings back live trivia
Wednesdays, Oct. 6 and 20, 1-2 p.m. We are back with live trivia via Zoom! Join us on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Each game will have questions based on weekly themes. Invite your friends, grandchildren, and neighbors to login and play with you, or be placed on a team with others. 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. Passcode: 194912. For more information email Free of charge.

Chinese Mahjong
Every Monday starting in October, noon-3 p.m. Test your skills and strategy tactics with an ancient tile-based game of Chinese origin, while engaging in bit of friendly competition. Similar to rummy and poker, this four-player game can be played by all ages and skill levels. Contact or 734.794.6250. Drop-in fee: free for members; $2, nonmembers.

Every Tuesday starting in October, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Easy to learn and fun to play, this game is for people who like friendly competition and riveting conversation. All experience levels are welcome. Contact or 734.794.6250. Drop-in: free for members; $2 nonmembers.

Senior art in the park
Every Monday noon-1 p.m. Join one of our staffers for a themed art project at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Each class we will provide each artist their own personal supplies, you just need to bring your own creativity! If the weather is uncooperative, we will meet socially distanced indoors. Face masks and social distancing required both inside and outside. Preregistration required, spaces limited. Previous projects include creating a succulent terrarium; building a wind chime; create and decorate bird seed feeders; and creating fall wreaths. For weekly themes and more information contact or 734.794.6250. Cost is $5 per class.

Enjoy a fall day shopping at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open for onsite sales Saturdays and Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., at 315 Detroit St. You will find apples, pears, apple cider, pumpkins, decorative corn, decorative gourds, winter squash, tomatoes, peppers, fresh vegetables, cut flowers, herbs, plants, bread, poultry, eggs, 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. Preordering from select vendors continues with curbside or walk-in pickup, 8 a.m.-noon. For preorders, contact the vendor directly from our directory. Please follow all physical distancing and safety guidelines posted and communicated by market staff. More information can be found on the website.

Mark your calendar for the next food truck rally. Join us Wednesday Oct. 6, 5-8 p.m. We currently have six trucks confirmed: Hero or Villain, Jamaican Spice, Michigan Drinks Co., Mustard’s Last Stand, Petey’s Donuts and Simply Spanish. 315 Detroit St.