Both man and man’s best friend are invited to the last pool party of the summer in Ann Arbor — the Annual Dog Swim at Buhr Park pool on Wednesday, Sept. 6 and Thursday, Sept. 7.
It’s truly a dog lover’s paradise with hundreds of pooches splashing in the water, basking in the sun, and begging for attention and admiration from animal lovers. The City of Ann Arbor decided to create this event both canines and humans alike could enjoy in 2004.
“The best part is that people get a chance to bring their dogs to something that’s out of the ordinary,” said Jason Nealis, Recreation Supervisor for the City of Ann Arbor. “It’s a great chance for dogs to get together to meet other dogs and socialize. It’s a fun event where everything’s fenced in and they can swim in a public pool.”
The festivities run from 3 to 8 p.m. each day. Swim times can be booked in half hour increments and all dogs must be registered in advance. Residents pay $6 for their first dog and $3 for their second, the cost for nonresidents is $7.50 and $3.75 respectively. Please note, dog owners are not allowed into the pool with their pets.
Buhr Park is home to two pools. A deep-water pool that labs, golden retrievers, and other water-loving breeds can make a splash in and a second, wading pool, that can accommodate smaller dogs and dogs who find themselves timid around water. The wading pool is the busier of the two, according to Nealis.
“For the most part, we’ve had between 200 to 300 in attendance over the two days,” said Nealis. “Our busiest time is between 5-7 p.m. During that time, there might be around 30 to 40 dogs.” Pool times are booking up quick. To register, call 734-794-6234. Buhr Park pool is located at 2751 Packard St. in Ann Arbor. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Friday, Sept. 8.
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