Ann Arbor happenings for this weekend



Universal access playground grand opening
City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services, together with the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, are inviting the community to the grand opening of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Centennial Playground on Sunday, Sept. 17, 3–6 p.m. at Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road. The Universal Access Playground (UAP) offers children with disabilities opportunities to gain self-confidence and greater independence. Children of all ages and abilities will be able to develop and play together. Grand opening festivities begin at 3 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the playground site and guest speakers. Other activities will include live music, animals from Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum educational activities, a fishing area for kids and more! Attendees are welcome to take the AAATA #22 bus to Pierpont Commons. From there, a free, accessible shuttle will take guests to Gallup Park for the UAP grand opening. Complimentary shuttle service will be picking up and dropping off guests from 2–7 p.m. There are several locations an accessible shuttle will be available (see map on Guests can bring a picnic dinner and a blanket/chairs, or purchase refreshments from one of several food truck vendors.

Shop local at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Join us Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at the farmers market. Summer is here for just a little while longer. Enjoy the taste of late summer corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches, nectarines, and more. Get into the fall spirit with newly arrived squashes and pumpkins, apples, carrots and greens. Plus all the other amazing products the market has to offer. 315 Detroit St. The Wednesday, Sept. 6 Food Truck Rally is just around the corner. Join us from 5-8 p.m., for live music from Eyes Unclouded, kids activities, and 14 trucks/carts serving tons of good eats. The market is excited to be partnering with Zero Waste Washtenaw for this event to drastically cut down on trash. So come join us for dinner!

Fall registration underway
You can now register for our fall/winter classes in the Ann Arbor parks. This includes ice skating and hockey lessons, golf outings, cultural arts activities, river programs at the canoe liveries, swim lessons and more. To view the 64-page guide visit You can register online at or stop in any parks facility.The printed guide is available at various locations throughout the city (parks facilities, Larcom City Hall, district libraries).

Enjoy the river this holiday weekend
Argo and Gallup Liveries will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Argo Livery offers a 1.5 hour Argo to Gallup river trip up until 4 p.m. and the Gallup Livery offers a 2.5 hour Barton to Gallup river trip up until 2 p.m. Both Argo and Gallup have stillwater paddling until 6 p.m. with all boats due back by 8 p.m. The canoe liveries stay open in the fall until Oct. 22. For locations, prices, directions and more visit

Outdoor swimming this weekend
Labor Day weekend is the last chance to swim outdoors at Buhr and Veterans Memorial park pool. But your fondness for swimming doesn’t have to be dampened. For the first time, Fuller Park Pool will remain open beyond the holiday, through Sunday, Sept. 17. The city’s Mack Indoor Pool will also open Tuesday, Sept. 5! Learn more about swimming in the city at Fuller Park Pool extending swim season
We heard you and we’re staying open! 1519 Fuller Rd.

Fuller Park Pool extending swim season
If you swim at Buhr and Veterans Memorial Pools you can now extend your outdoor swim season. Join us at 1519 Fuller Road.

• Masters in the morning 5:45-7:15 a.m. | Lap swim 7:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Open swim 4-8 p.m. | Masters 6:30-8 p.m.
• Masters 7:30-9 a.m. (Saturday only) | Lap Swim 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Open swim 1-8 p.m.
Season pass extensions: Senior/Youth – resident $16/nonresident $20; Adult – resident $20/nonresident $25; Family – resident $38/nonresident $47

Golf this weekend and into the Fall
Both Leslie Park (LP) & Huron Hills (HH) Golf Courses will be open all weekend long from sunrise to sunset. We’re offering an after 1 p.m. special all weekend as well:

  • LP will be offering a “Foursome Special.” $100 for 18 holes with a cart for four people starting at 1 p.m. Friday through Monday. You must have four players and mention this promotion when checking in to get the deal!
  • HH is having a “Buck a Hole Special.” Golf 18 holes with a cart for $18. This special begins at 1 p.m. Friday through Monday.

Fall Scramble Sept. 17 at Leslie Park Golf Course
Cost is $165 per team for the three-person Big $ Skins Game. Groups will go off in groups of six to compete for what is hopefully a $1,000 skins pot. Call LPGC 734.794.6245 for information or sign up at

Woof woof!
Once Buhr Park Pool closes to the public for the season, it’s time for our four-legged friends to make a splash. Join us at the Dog Swim Wednesday, Sept. 6 and Thursday, Sept. 7, 3–8 p.m. Swim times in half-hour increments must be registered for in advance. Spaces are limited for this popular event. To register, call 734.794.6234. Buhr Park is located at 2751 Packard Rd. The cost for the first dog is $6 for residents/$7.50 for nonresidents, and for the second dog, $3 residents/$3.75 nonresidents. The rain date is Friday, Sept. 8. See you then!

GIVE 365 needs volunteers
We are hosting Family Fun Day at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market during the Food Truck Rally, Sept. 6. Volunteers are needed for set-up, take down, GIVE 365 kid’s activity area, a water station, and Zero Waste stations. Two shifts are available: 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Come with a smile and eagerness to help! or call 734.794.6445.

Cathy Doran-McMillion Art Opening
Friday, Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. After decades of bringing her artistic sensibilities to graphic design, artist and designer Doran-McMillion is using her Photoshop skills to lead her back to brush painting! Come enjoy Cathy’s show, Inspired by Beauty: Back to the Brush with live music by The Parsnips. The artist’s work will be on display Aug. 31-Oct 27. Admission is free and open to the public. Suggested donation of $5. Light refreshments. Community Enrichment Special Event. Hosted by the Ann Arbor Senior Center. For more information visit

Community Sing
Sunday, Sept. 10, 7-8;45 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. The Sunday Community Sing event will be kicking off this fall on Sept. 10 with song leader David Carlson. All are welcome at this intergenerational event which meets every 2nd Sunday of the month. Join us in a campfire sing-a-long circle as members of the community play instruments and sing from the “Rise Up Singing Song Book” and the “Rise Again Song Book.. Sing songs that are special to you with the whole community at this fun event. Fee: $5 drop in. Visit the Rise up Singing Website and listen to some of the songs at For more information visit

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