What’s Happening: Spend this weekend in the Ann Arbor parks

Ann Arbor Senior Center activities
Mind Matters: Every Wednesday 10-11 a.m., join us for fun brain exercises that are designed to keep your brain young, strong, agile and adaptable. No experience necessary – just bring a pen, paper and an open mind! Join the Zoom meeting here. Meeting ID: 947 2633 1603. Passcode: 739714. For more information call, 734.794.6250. Free.

Trivia time: Every Wednesday, 4-4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 7-7:30 p.m., local sisters Katie, and Abbie, throw out themed questions for anyone to answer in the YouTube chat box. For more information visit AADL.tv or call, 734.327.4200. Free.

Openings for Buhr Park Pool and livery river day camps available for scholarship recipients
Some spots remain open for children to attend the Buhr Pool Park Day Camp, Argo Livery River Camp and Gallup Livery River Camp this summer if they meet the qualifications for the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Scholarship Program. The fund provides city residents access to Ann Arbor park facilities and programs regardless of economic situation. The scholarship program provides income-eligible families exposure to positive experiences, active lifestyles and mentors, as well as opportunities to gain and refine life skills and to develop positive personal and social attributes.

To apply for a scholarship, contact 734.794.6230. A copy of the scholarship application can also be found at https://www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation/administrative/Pages/Scholarships.aspx.

Applications can be mailed to:
City of Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Services, 2781 Packard Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Due to COVID-19, documents may also be scanned and emailed to a2parks@a2gov.org.

Ann Arbor parks is hiring!
Working in the Ann Arbor parks is a fun and unique experience if you love interacting with people and enjoy the outdoors. Gain great experience and make new friends. There are job openings at the following facilities:

* Buhr Park Pool: day camp counselors
* Fuller Park Pool: lifeguards
* Veterans Memorial Park Pool: lifeguards
* Argo and Gallup Canoe and Kayak Liveries: canoe livery attendant II, day camp director, day camp counselor II
* Huron Hills and Leslie Park Golf Courses: equipment operator I, equipment operator II, golf course maintenance worker, golf cart operator

View jobs at www.a2gov.org/parksjobs then apply online!

Make a tee time and enjoy the great weather this weekend
Take advantage of this weekend’s beautiful weather, and reserve a tee time at Leslie Park Golf Course, 734.794.6245. Carts are available, and the clubhouse is open (with limited capacity).

Huron Hills Golf Course (HHGC) is open, but with limited play. Due to an ongoing construction project, you can play 11 holes at this time. Call 734.794.6246 for a tee time.

Please remember masks are required in and around the clubhouses, and we ask that you continue to remain 6 feet apart from others outside your household.

Problem-solving participants sought
A group of master’s students at the University of Michigan School of Information are working as consultants with Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation to improve the way people locate the city’s parks. You can help further their research by participating in a problem-solving exercise in which you respond to a series of written scenarios related to navigating to parks, and then email your responses. These prompts will take 15-30 minutes to complete. Your insights will help create a better park experience for everyone!

Participants will be entered into a drawing for a $50 prepaid debit card. Responses will be collected between Monday, April 12, and Wednesday, April 14. To participate in the problem-solving exercise, visit

Ann Arbor Farmers Market
The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open for onsite sales Saturday, April 10, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., located at 315 Detroit St. You will find plants, apples, apple cider, lettuce, microgreens, salad mix, carrots, radishes, cabbage, kale, chard, onions, garlic, herbs, poultry, eggs, meat, cheese, bread, pastries, baked goods, coffee, olive oil, Polish food, Mediterranean food, pasties, goat products, candles, jewelry, masks, body care products, art and more! Preordering from select vendors continues with curbside or walk-in pickup, 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.

Breeding Bird Survey Kickoff

Thursday, April 15, 7-9 p.m. Volunteer to help us with Ann Arbor’s breeding bird survey. Learn how we use eBird to record survey results, sign up to survey your favorite park, hear about last year’s survey and access survey materials. Experience in bird identification is necessary, and you must be able to identify birds by ear and eye. This program is a virtual event hosted on Zoom. Please register by April 13. For more information, or to register, call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send us an email at NAPbirds@a2gov.org.

Stewardship Workday

Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m.-noon, Berkshire Creek Nature Area. Join staff at Berkshire Creek Nature Area to celebrate spring and protect this part of the Huron River system by removing non-native plants. Preregistration online is required. Participants must wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of distance from others at all times. Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes and gardening gloves. All minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools and know-how provided. Meeting location will be provided at registration.

Stewards’ Circle virtual meeting
Are you interested in learning more about how to care for our natural areas? Then join the Stewardship Network’s Huron Arbor cluster for an informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free! For more information go to, www.stewardshipnetwork.org. Join the virtual discussion via Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/SCZoom2021 or call toll-free at 888.788.0099 or 877.853.5247. Meeting ID: 921 6530 3767.

April discussion topic: You are the expert! Please share success stories and lessons learned from the restoration projects that you are working on and tell us about the books and other resources you’ve discovered that inspire and help with your work. We’ll learn from each other and celebrate together today. 

Important reminders for park users
City of Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation is committed to following proper safety and distancing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Michigan due to COVID-19. All programs are subject to change to ensure public safety. The COVID-19 webpage relating to parks and recreation facilities and program status has recently been updated. Please visit the site for additional information before you head out to the parks. Do your part and wear a mask, even when outdoors, if you are in a gathering or are unable to practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet from others outside your household. Thank you.

* To find the most up-to-date Michigan Department of Health and Human Safety orders, please visit their website.
* For current CDC recommendations for park use, please visit their website.