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

We’re hiring
Working in the Ann Arbor parks is a rewarding job for people of all ages and experience levels. We’d like you to join our team as we have open positions in a variety of areas including Zamboni driver, ice skating instructors, grounds maintenance and more. Go online to view the jobs and apply.We need you! Master swim coaches wanted to be a part of our team
Mack Indoor Pool has several jobs posted online for the upcoming pool season. We are in need of master swim coaches, lifeguards, cashiers and more. Go online to view the job descriptions and apply today.

It’s starting to look like fall at the 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 sweet corn, peaches, plums, watermelons, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, apples, pears, 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 at our website.

Lend a hand in the parks
Looking to volunteer with GIVE 365 this month? Find out where our gardener will be and stop in to help out on a project in a city park! Dates, times and registration information can be found here.

Extend your swim season indoors
Mack Indoor Pool will be opening for the 2021-22 season Monday, Sept. 20. We will be offering programming and public swim opportunities this fall. Visit for registration information and COVID-19 protocols and procedures. There’s a new activity guide posted on the site to view before registering.


Ann Arbor Senior Center live trivia
Join us Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1-2 p.m. (1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month) for live trivia via Zoom. 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 we will have prizes that you can pick up in person. Zoom meeting ID: 979 1239 9740. Passcode: 194912. For more information email Free of charge.

Back to school drive-thru
Please join the Ann Arbor Senior Center Wednesday, Sept. 22, noon-1 p.m., for a drive-thru event where themed goodie bags, snacks and beverages will be given out to take home! Going back to school as a kid was such an exciting time. We don’t want to miss out on the fun as adults. In celebration of this time of year, the Ann Arbor District Library will be joining us to rent books and sign up guests for library cards. We will also have Dr. Parvej Khan with Therapy at Your Door ( available to talk about at-home physical therapy services. Call 734.794.6250 to reserve your spot today. Free of charge.

Senior art in the park
Every Monday in September, noon-1 p.m., join us for a themed art project outside 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, space is limited.
* Sept. 13,  Build a succulent terrarium
* Sept. 20,  Create a bird seed feeder
* Sept. 27, Create a suncatcher

Questions? Contact or 734.794.6250, or visit Cost is $5 per class.

Change of hours update
Important note: Leslie Park Golf Course will be closing on Monday mornings starting Sept. 13 for ongoing maintenance. The course will open for the day at 1 p.m. This  Monday morning closure will last throughout the rest of this golf season. Thank you for understanding.

Natural Area Preservation Stewards’ Circle
Join us for a new Stewards Circle, taking place on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park meeting room (followed by happy hour nearby). For the last 10 years, the Huron Arbor Cluster of the Stewardship Network has been gathering monthly with a local expert to answer your questions; now it’s time to flip the script! You are invited to share your experiences and learn from your peers. This month’s topic: Summer invasives control. After the discussion group, join us for a happy hour just up the street at HOMES Brewery to further connect with other land stewards! Check out the Facebook event here. Find out more about the Stewardship Network at

Stewardship workdays
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 and closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle and leather gloves. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools and know-how provided.

  • Foxfire West is mostly wetland, providing habitat for unique and sometimes rare species. The wetlands here include a fen — a peat-accumulating wetland fed by mineral-rich ground or surface water. Invasive shrubs threaten wetlands by crowding out the native flora and fauna that make this natural area special. Join us Saturday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m.-noon, to cut and remove buckthorn and honeysuckle. Meet at the corner of Hickory Point Drive and Indian Creek Circle. (map). Preregister here.
  • Leslie Woods Nature Area is a historically intact woodland that remains a well-functioning ecosystem. Help cut and remove invasive shrubs and help keep the ecosystem functioning well Sunday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-noon. Meet us at the park entrance at the north end of Upland Drive, north of Plymouth Road (map). Preregister here.

Register today for ice skating, hockey skills lessons
Registration is underway for instructional skating and hockey lessons at Veterans Memorial Indoor Ice Arena. We have classes for for all ages and skill levels. Visit the website to view the available classes and register or go online for location information. Masks will be required indoors and on the ice. Thank you for understanding.


Don’t miss out on any of these upcoming office of sustainability and innovations events

  • A2ZERO scavenger hunt. Now that the weather has cooled, spend some time outdoors strolling around town learning about some of the sustainability features within our community by taking the A2ZERO Scavenger Hunt.
  • Solar group buy program. Join your neighbors and community members to learn all about solar and whether it could work for you. Did you know you have the chance to come together for group-buy discounts with area installers.  Groups are ongoing, contact Julie Roth at or go online for more information.
  • Solar stories. Join us to hear Ann Arborites talk about their experience with solar. The first Thursday of every month. Please RSVP here.