Into the Outdoor Program Guide

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WASHTENAW COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION PROGRAM GUIDE

INTO THE OUTDOORS

EVENTS

CLASSES SUMMER GUIDE 2022

NATURE


FIND YOUR ADVENTURE - SUMMER 2022

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission Patricia Tupacz Scribner President Janice Bobrin Vice President Dan Ezekiel Secretary Ricky Jefferson Robert Joerg Robert Marans Jo Ann McCollum Brenda McKinney Evan Pratt Sue Shink Coy Vaughn Director Administration Building 2230 Platt Road Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Mailing: P.O. Box 8645 Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645 Phone: (734) 971-6337 Fax: (734) 971-6386 parks@washtenaw.org washtenaw.org/parks

After a long winter and somewhat rainy spring, we’re looking forward to getting summer started! This WCPARC Guide is full of exciting summer opportunities and ideas for all ages. We’ve compiled a list of ideas for you to enjoy this summer… • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Hiking with friends and family at one of our parks or preserves Golfing at Pierce Lake Golf Course Biking, jogging or walking the B2B Trail Going for a picnic at one of the County parks River walking at Rolling Hills Waterpark Swimming at Independence Lake Playing disc golf at Rolling Hills Park or Independence Lake Park Learning the art of archery Joining a fitness class at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center Taking the family camping at our Family Campout Fishing at Independence Lake Park or Rolling Hills Park (participate in our Free Fishing Weekend!) Taking a yoga lesson in the park Shooting hoops, or playing pickleball and badminton at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center

Check out details on the following pages! Wherever your adventure takes you, enjoy the wonderful amenities of your County parks!

EDITOR/GRAPHIC DESIGNER Ann Ziolkowski, Communications Manager Hannah Cooley, Management Analyst Cover/Back Photo Credit: Bryan Mitchell Cover page photo taken at Rolling Hills Water Park Back page photo taken at West Lake Preserve

Photo Credit: Bryan Mitchell

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 4 Facility Information Independence Lake County Park Rolling Hills County Park 5-6 Programs & Activities Independence Lake County Park 6-9 Programs & Activities Rolling Hills County Park 12-13

Nature Programs

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Facility Map

16-17 Family Nature Programs Junior Naturalists Family Nature Adventures 18-28 Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center Membership Fitness Classes Swim Lessons

Photo Credit: Bryan Mitchell

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Independence Lake Park PARK INFORMATION 3200 Jennings Road Whitmore Lake, MI (734) 449-4437 washtenaw.org/parks washtenaw.org/independencelake

Hours of Operation General Park + Disc Golf Courses (year-round):

Labor Day-Memorial Day weekend, 8am-dusk Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day, 8am-9pm

Blue Heron Bay Spray Park (seasonal):

Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day, 10am-6pm

Beach (seasonal):

Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day, 10am-8:30pm

Entrance Fees County Non-County Vehicles Resident* Resident Daily $6 $10 Annual $30 $45 Seniors $3 $6 Mini Bus ($75 annual) $15 $15 Bus ($150 annual) $30 $30 Disc Golf Daily $2 $2 Annual $30 $30 Blue Heron Bay Spray Park (seasonal) Daily $4 $5 Individual Person Annual Pass $30 $40 Family of Four Annual Passes $100 $130 *Proof of residency required

Rolling Hills Park PARK INFORMATION 7660 Stony Creek Road Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197 (734) 484-9676 washtenaw.org/parks washtenaw.org/rollinghills

Hours of Operation General Park+ Disc Golf Courses (year-round):

Labor Day-Memorial Day weekend, 8am-dusk Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day, 8am-9pm

Water Park (seasonal):

Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day, Noon-7pm

Entrance Fees Vehicles Daily Annual Seniors Mini Bus Bus Disc Golf Daily Annual Water Park (seasonal) After 5:00pm General Admission Children under 36” *Proof of residency required

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County Resident* $6 $30 $3 $15 $30

Non-County Resident $10 $45 $6 $15 $30

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$9 $11 free

$11 $13 free


Independence Lake Park PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

YOGA IN THE PARK - SUMMER YOGA PACKAGE

Mondays, June 6 - August 29 (no class July 4) | 6pm - 7pm | $120 Slow flow yoga class, all levels welcome, no experience necessary. Emphasis is placed on core strength, flexibility, balance, concentration, and breath control. Cannot commit to three months of yoga? Check out our Summer 1 (June 6 - July 18; $75), Summer 2 (July 25 - Aug 29; $75) yoga registration options. This package includes both Summer 1 and Summer 2 in-person/virtual yoga. In person yoga will be held here in the park. If you would rather do yoga virtually then Zoom with us. The time and day are the same. If weather is not favorable in-person yoga may be substituted for virtual session for that day only. Pre-registration required. Registration # IL441104.

ARCHERY

June 10 | 6pm - 7pm & 7pm - 8pm | $10 per Family/Household, Up to 4 Members This introductory program to archery covers safety and basic shooting skills. All archery equipment is provided, and no prior archery experience is required. Families will be positioned in their household and in a lane to shoot. Three families per 45-minute session. Check in at the Beach Center Parking Lot. Registration # IL461100.

DISC GOLF GLOW NIGHTS

June 10, July 8, Aug 12 | 9pm - Midnight | $5 per Night or Free for an Annual Bag Tag Holders Come join us for Disc Golf Glow Nights at the park. Starting in April and continuing through September, meeting the second Friday of the month, times varying based on sunset. We will illuminate our disc golf baskets 1-18 for night play. This is the only time each month that you can disc golf in the park after dark. Bring your own glow discs, glow tape, and glow lights for your discs. There is walk up registration. Registration # IL451100.

FAIRY DOORS

June 24 | 6pm - 8pm | $10 per Family/Household, Up to 4 Members Create special homes for small creatures! Start by decorating a fairy door to take home with you to create a fairy home at your own house. Then explore using materials with the nature around you to build a new Fairy home. Supplies will be provided as well as a section of the woods for you and your family to build a Fairy home for the park fairies. Check in will be at the Independence Woods Pavilion. Registration #IL461100.

SPECIAL NEEDS SPLASH DAY

July 22 | 6pm - 8pm | $4/Resident & $5/Non-Resident Blue Heron Bay Spray Park will be staying open exclusively for children with special needs and their families to experience the splash pad in a stress-free and relaxed environment. Concessions will be open until 7pm if your family would like to purchase food. Blue Heron Bay will be closing to the general public at 6pm. Pre-register with no fee attached online at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. Registration # IL461100.

ROCK PAINTING

July 22 | 6pm - 8pm | $5 per Family/Household, Up to 4 Members Come join us for an evening of creativity! We will have supplies set up for you and your family to paint rocks that can become added color in our park or in your neighborhood. Share some positivity and smiles while getting out of the house and into nature! We would love to see your art at Independence Lake County Park! Check in at Beach Center Pavilion. Registration # IL461100. WASHTENAW.ORG/PARKS | PARKS@WASHTENAW.ORG | (734) 971-6337

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Independence Lake Park PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

STARGAZING AND PERSEIDS

Aug 12 | 9pm - 1am | $5 per Family/Household, Up to 4 Members Enjoy a night under the summer stars! We’ll bask in the glow of the full moon, gaze upon constellations, and possibly see “shooting stars” from the Perseid Meteor Shower. Park Naturalist, Kelsey Dehring, will be walking around during the evening to point out various night sky objects. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs! Plans are in place for a small fire and s’mores. If it ends up being a cloudy night, then we will go on a creatures of the night hike. Check in at the Beach Center Pavilion. Registration #IL461100.

FAMILY BOARD GAME NIGHT

Aug 26 | 6pm - 8pm | $5 per Family/Household, Up to 4 Members Although board games can be planned any time, coming for a family fun filled night of board games under our beautifully lit pavilion is a sure-fire way for the whole family to have fun and create new memories. A Varity of board and card games will be laid out for your family to choose from. Refreshments and treats will be provided. Check in at the Beach Center Pavilion. Registration #IL461100.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!

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Questions? Contact Julie at sigdaj@washtenaw.org or shonerj@washtenaw.org. Outdoor activities may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Please check website and Facebook. Registrants will receive a confirmation email the week of the program. All park programs are subject to vehicle entry fee. Pre-registration required. Register at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org for all programs. Online registration closes at 12:05am the morning of the program.

Free Fishing Weekend ROLLING HILLS COUNTY PARK

June 11 | 10am -11am & 11am - Noon | 15 People/Session | Free (Vehicle Admission Req.) Children and adults alike are welcome to come and participate in Michigan’s Free Fishing weekend. Poles, bait and instruction provided; bring your own poles if you’d like. No license needed! Bring sunscreen and a water bottle! For more information email Kelsey Dehring at dehringk@washtenaw.org. Check-in will be near the pond, located down the hill from the Lodge. Pre-registration required. Please register at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. Registration #841001.

INDEPENDENCE LAKE COUNTY PARK

June 12 | 10am -11am & 11am - Noon | 15 People/Session | Free (Vehicle Admission Req.) Children and adults alike are welcome to come and participate in Michigan’s Free Fishing weekend. Poles, bait and instruction provided; bring your own poles if you’d like. No license needed! Bring sunscreen and a water bottle! For more information email Kelsey Dehring at dehringk@washtenaw.org. Check-in will be at the Beach Center Fishing Dock. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. Registration #841001.

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Rolling Hills Park PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

RIVER WALKING

Mon - Sun, May 31 - Aug 28 | 10:30am - 11:30am | $4 Drop In or $60 Punch Card (20 visits) Now 7 days/week! Enjoy a low-impact workout while walking in the Lazy River! River Walking increases your blood flow and warms your muscles and joints. An easy-going exercise for those who enjoy the outdoors. Open to adults only (18 years and older), 16 or 17 years old if accompanied by an adult. Drop-In ONLY, pre-registration is not available.

CAMPFIRE COOKING ON A STICK

June 5 | 1pm - 4pm | $5/Person From Shish Kabab to Starburst, anything that won’t fall apart when cooked on a stick, can be cooked on a stick over an open flame. Parks Naturalist Shawn will teach you how to quickly light your own cooking fire, and demonstrate her timetested S’mores technique. Please bring whatever creative stick-cooking ingredients you would like to prepare for yourself. Ingredients for a S’mores Bar will be provided. Registration opens April 24. Check-in will be at the Woodlands Pavilion. Registration # RH721306.

DISC GOLF GLOW NIGHTS

June 24, July 22 & Aug 26 | 9pm - Midnight | $5 Drop In or Free for an Annual Bag Tag Holders Come join us for Disc Golf Glow Nights at the park. Starting in April and continuing through September, meeting at the OG course, the fourth Friday of the month, times varying based on sunset. We will illuminate our disc golf baskets 1-18 for night play. This is the only time each month that you can disc golf in the park after dark. Bring your own glow discs, glow tape, and glow lights for your discs.

WELCOME TO THE MOTH BALL

July 30 | 8pm - 10pm | $3/Person Celebrate National Moth Week with a night hike at Rolling Hills! Moths are amazing, beautiful and important animals that we usually overlook because we are sleeping when they are active. Stay up late with Parks Naturalist Shawn Severance and observe moths directly as we attract them with lights and moth bait and document their diversity. Registration opens June 12. Registration # RH721305.

SPECIAL NEEDS SWIM DAY

Aug 20 | 10am - Noon | $11/Person (Resident), $13/Person (Non-Residents), Free/Under 36” This event provides individuals with special needs and their families an opportunity to enjoy early access to the water park in a safe, judgment free environment. With the purchase of daily admission, families will be allowed access to the water park beginning at 10am (2 hours before the general public). Special needs tubes are available at any time at the water park office. The Lazy River will not be open until 11:30am. Tickets can be purchased at the event in person or online at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!

• • • •

Questions? Call 734-484-9676 x 0 Outdoor activities may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Please check website and Facebook. All park programs are subject to vehicle entry fee. Pre-registration required. Register at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org for all programs (unless noted).

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hello summer Rolling Hills Water Park

Independence Lake Beach + Blue Heron Bay Splash Park

7660 Stony Creek Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (734) 484-9676

3200 Jennings Rd. Whitmore Lake, MI 48189 (734) 449-4437

May 28 September 5

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Photo Credit: Bryan Mitchell

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Nature Hikes & Programs

with Naturalists Kelsey, Shawn & Elle

JUNE 4

10AM - NOON

JUNE 19

10AM - 11:30AM

JUNE 28

8:30AM - 10AM

JUNE 30

6:30PM - 8AM

JULY 9

8AM - 10AM

JULY 10

10AM - 11:30AM 2PM - 3:30PM

JULY 12

8:30AM - 10AM

HIKING TO THE FAR CORNERS! Sharon Short Hills Preserve - Hashley Road | Naturalist, Faye Stoner Join guest naturalist Faye Stoner for a hike to visit the far western portions of this interesting preserve. We will talk about geology, botany, birds and stewardship as we explore “off the trail” to enjoy this lovely area. Note: terrain is quite hilly! Space is limited to 12 people. Pre-registration is required. Email Faye at fayestoner@charter.net to register. FLOODPLAIN FOREST ECOLOGY HIKE Parker Mill County Park - Gallup Park Pathway Entrance (Dixboro Rd.) Join local nature photographer Theia Calidris (@ thefairybogmother) and Parks Naturalist Shawn Severance on a guided nature walk for LGBTQ+ people and their families. We will be visiting a beautiful floodplain forest to appreciate birds, botany, butterflies and more! Parker Mill may be accessed by the AATA #3 bus line and the B2B trail. Email Shawn at severances@washtenaw.org to register. SUNRISE NATURE HIKE Clark & Avis Spike Preserve | Naturalist, Elle Bogle As spring moves into summer, plant and animal life is exploding. The next wave of flowers are blooming, eggs are hatching, and turtles are mating. Join us for a morning hike along the wetland boardwalks and open fields of the preserve and immerse yourself in the sumptuous summer beauty. Email Elle at boglee@washtenaw.org to register. EVENING MINDFULNESS HIKE County Farm Park - Medford Pavilion | 15 Participants Join us for an evening of serene immersion in nature. Enjoy a guided meditation, followed by a silent sensory hike along lush paths and tunnels of trees. Discover the soothing power of community communion in the natural world. Co-led by naturalist Elle Bogle and mindfulness instructor Julie Woodward. Please bring a water bottle and bug spray. Pre-registration is required. To register, please visit parksonline.ewashtenaw.org, #841006. SUMMER BIRDING Dominican Meadows Preserve | 12 Birders| Naturalist, Kelsey Dehring Join in for the first birding hike at Dominican Meadows! The preserve offers a variety of habitats and should be a fun new birding hot spot. We’ll be some of the first birders to see who is calling this preserve home! All levels of birders are welcome. Bring your own binoculars. Email Kelsey at dehringk@washtenaw.org to register. INTRO TO ARCHERY Lillie Park Central - 4205 Platt Rd., Ann Arbor | 12 Archers | $10/ resident. $15/non-resident. | Ages 8+ We have partnered with our friends at Pittsfield Township Parks and Rec to offer additional introductory archery programs. Have you ever wanted to give archery a shot? Here's your chance! This program covers safety and basic shooting skills. All archery equipment is provided, and no prior archery experience is required. Pre-registration required. Visit Recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov to register. Registration #170.SS22 (for the AM) & 170B.SS22 (for the PM). Program led by Naturalist Kelsey Dehring and Recreation Specialist Jen Davis from Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation. SUNRISE NATURE HIKE Parker Mill County Park | Naturalist, Elle Bogle Summer is approaching its zenith and the earth is radiant with activity. Insects are humming, birds are singing, and the woods are in full bloom. Join naturalist Elle Bogle for a morning exploration of the woods and streams of Parker Mill County Park. Email Elle at boglee@washtenaw.org to register.

Photo Credit: Bryan Mitchell

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Nature Hikes & Programs

with Naturalists Kelsey, Shawn & Elle

JULY 16

10AM - 11:30AM

JULY 21

1PM - 2:30PM

AUG 9

8:30AM - 10AM

AUG 10

6PM - 8:30PM

MINDFULNESS HIKE Dominican Meadows Preserve | 15 Hikers When the sun is warm but not hot and the grass is still stippled with dew, Mother Nature greets us with a loving embrace. We can feel it in the wind, see it in the flowers, and hear it in the birdsongs. Join naturalist Elle Bogle and mindfulness instructor Julie Woodward for a morning meditative hike to connect with the serenity of the natural world around us. Water bottles and bug spray are recommended. Space available for 15 hikers. Register online at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. Registration #841006 SENIOR NATURALIST: STREAMS Parker Mill Park | 12 Participants | Ages 55+ | Naturalist, Elle Bogle Strap on those water shoes and get ready to explore all things river and riparian as we explore the wonderfully diverse ecosystem of Fleming Creek. We will use dip nets and seine nets to catch and identify macroinvertebrates, fish, and all other creek dwellers, all while learning about the importance of these waterways. Closed toe shoes required. Space limited to 12 participants. Email Elle at boglee@washtenaw.org to register. SUNRISE NATURE HIKE Dominican Meadows Preserve | Naturalist, Elle Bogle Situated along Fleming Creek and containing multiple rich habitats including some near old-growth forests, Dominican Meadows is a late summer stunner sure to dazzle the senses. Join naturalist Elle Bogle in exploring the forests, wetlands, and grasslands of WCPARC’s newest preserve. Email Elle at boglee@washtenaw.org to register. EVENING MINDFULNESS County Farm Park - Medford Pavilion | 15 Hikers Join us for an evening of serene immersion in nature. We will enjoy a guided meditation, followed by a silent sensory hike along lush paths and tunnels of trees. Discover the soothing power of community communion in the natural world. Space available for 15 hikers. Led by naturalist Elle Bogle and mindfulness instructor Julie Woodward. Register online at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. Registration #841006

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SUMMER SUNSHINE TEA County Farm Park | Naturalist, Shawn Severance Enjoy a late afternoon hike as the goldenrods begin their bloom. Learn about late summer botany and the different native wildflowers that can be used for tea. Email Shawn at severances@washtenaw.org to register.

AUG 13

SUMMER MORNING STROLL Northfield Woods Preserve | Naturalist, Elle Bogle Dizzyingly dazzling are the prairie flowers of August, especially in Northfield Woods. Join naturalist Elle Bogle for a morning stroll to drink in the beauty of summer blooms, search for dragonflies, listen for birds, and simply immerse yourself in the season. Space available for 12 participants. Email Elle at boglee@washtenaw.org to register.

6:30PM - 8PM

9:30AM - 11:30AM

SENIOR NATURALIST: CRICKETS, GRASSHOPPERS, & KATYDIDS

AUG 18

10AM - 11:30AM

West Lake Preserve | Naturalist, Elle Bogle The fields of West Lake are alive with sounds of music and the musicians are all members of the insect order orthoptera. These creatures are known for long legs giving them the ability to jump, stiff wings able to fold against their bodies, and the songs created by rubbing their wings against each other or against their legs. Join naturalist Elle Bogle in exploring their differences and similarities using sweep nets to catch them and field guides to ID them. Email Elle at boglee@washtenaw.org to register.

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VIRTUAL VOYAGE ADVENTURE 5K JULY 2022

Adventure awaits! Run, walk, bike, kayak or canoe your way through any Washtenaw County park, preserve or facility on a virtual voyage. Complete the mileage any way you choose, on your own time.

Sign up and receive a race bib, goodies and a medal!

Register at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org

FIREFLY 5K FUN RUN E FR

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County Farm Park JULY 23, 2022 7:00pm

Run, jog or walk, through the park trails and enjoy a balmy summer night!

Sign up for the Virtual Voyage Adventure 5k, this event counts! Participate in both the Virtual 5k and the Firefly 5k and receive a special

Register at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org

2230 Platt Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 washtenaw.org/parks

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t-shirt at the Firefly 5K.

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Park Lyndon | 340 acres

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Cavanaugh Lake County Park | 59 acres

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Albert J. Miller and Robert & Nancy Smith Preserve | 29 acres

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Tom A. Freeman Preserve | 59 acres

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Raymond F. Goodrich Preserve | 48 acres

West Lake Preserve | 275 acres

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Herman L. Koenn Preserve | 191 acres

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Squiers Preserve | 57 acres

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Northfield Woods Preserve | 81 acres and Arbor Woods Preserve | 22 acres

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Clark & Avis Spike Preserve | 103 acres

Independence Lake County Park | 446 acres and Gosline Preserve* | 40 acres

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Park Northfield | 12 acres

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Sharon Short Hills Preserve | 84 acres

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Osborne Mill Preserve | 39 acres

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Whitmore Lake Preserve | 235 acres

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Burns-Stokes Preserve | 29 acres

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Staebler Farm County Park | 98 acres

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Fox Science Preserve | 73 acres

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Weatherbee Woods | 84 acres

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DeVine Preserve | 157 acres

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Kosch Headwaters Preserve | 160 acres

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Scio Woods Preserve | 91 acres

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Superior Center Park | 1 acre

10. Riverbend Preserve | 53 acres

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Draper-Houston Meadows Preserve | 113 acres

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Meyer Preserve | 260 acres

11. Ervin-Stucki Preserve | 126 acres

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Harwood Heritage Preserve | 16 acres

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Highland Preserve | 50 acres

12. Brauer Preserve | 314 acres

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Swift Run Dog Park | 10 acres

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Pierce Lake Golf Course & Park | 232 acres

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Rolling Hills County Park & Water Park | 439 acres

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Baker Woods Preserve | 70 acres

Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center and Nelson Meade County Farm Park | 127 acres

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Trinkle Marsh at Easton Farm Preserve | 151 acres

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Parker Mill County Park | 44 acres

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Sharon Mills County Park | 248 acres

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Leonard Preserve | 259 acres

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Watkins Lake State Park & County Preserve 1,122 acres (407 acres owned by WCPARC)

Border to Border Trail Planned Border to Border Trail

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Family Nature Programs ADVENTURES, HIKES & EXPLORATION

with Naturalists Kelsey, Shawn & Elle Learn about the nature and history of Washtenaw County through a naturalist-led hike or program. From Summer Butterflies to Tracks in the Snow, we offer programs for all ages and ability levels. Learn, play, explore and discover with Washtenaw County Parks!

Family Nature Adventures

Junior Naturalists

Rainbow Connection

Fits the Bill

REGISTRATION: parksonline.ewashtenaw.org Fee: Free Program (*Vehicle Admission Fee Required) 12 Participants/Section (All Ages) (unless noted)

#841002

Clark & Avis Spike Preserve | Naturalist, Elle Bogle

Summer is a season seemingly painted with all the colors in the pallet box. In this whimsical hike, we will discover plants of every color of the rainbow, learn about their differences, and gather a beautiful bouquet of flowers to take home.

DATES 6/28

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11am - 12:30pm

REGISTRATION: parksonline.ewashtenaw.org Fee: Free Program (*Vehicle Admission Fee Required) 8 Participants (unless noted)/Section (Ages 7 to 11) Bird bills come in so many different shapes and sizes, but do you know why? Explore the various types of beaks to determine how they are used and what foods they consume, then hike with binoculars to look for birds and nests and listen for calls and songs. We will meet at Medford Pavilion for the beak activity then hike through the park.

DATES 6/30

Sumac Lemonade

#841002

County Farm Park | Naturalist, Shawn Severance

A bit sweet, a bit tart and a bit bitter, Sumac Lemonade is a traditional Native American drink. Learn how to identify and make this trailside refreshment with only cold water, a bit of sweetener if you wish, and wild foraged materials.

DATES 7/29

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10am - 11:30am

West Lake Preserve | 15 Participants Naturalist, Elle Bogle & Kelsey Dehring

#841002

Come and search for the insets of summer, as well as their arachnid friends. We will examine and learn about the different types of insects, as well as the differences between insects and bugs. We’ll be handing out bug nets and sweeping the fields to find everything from grasshoppers to leafhoppers to praying mantis. This catch and release program is perfect for those who want to learn more about the world of insects.

DATES 8/17

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Stream Exploration

Parker Mill County Park | Naturalist, Elle Bogle

#841004

Be sure to bring your water shoes as we take a dip in Fleming Creek to see who calls the creek home. We will learn how to identify grazers, shredders, and predators. Nets will be provided, and closedtoe shoes MUST be worn in the stream. We will even use the seine net to catch larger creatures.

DATES 7/21

Insect Sweep Netting

#841004

Scio Woods Preserve | Naturalist, Elle Bogle

DAY Th

10am - 11:30am

Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids West Lake Preserve | 12 Children Naturalists, Elle Bogle & Kelsey Dehring

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#841004

If you've walked through the grass on a warm summer day, you've likely encountered members of the order Orthoptera: grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids. Using sweep nets and field guides, join naturalists Elle Bogle and Kelsey Dehring in learning all about the differences and similarities between these long-legged, musical insects.

DATES 8/17

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1pm - 2:30pm

Masks are strongly recommended for everyone regardless of vaccination status. Pre-registration is required for everyone attending over the age of 2. Restricted to 5 children per section, accompanied by one adult. No unregistered siblings, please!

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Preschool Hikes

REGISTRATION: parksonline.ewashtenaw.org Fee: Free Program (*Vehicle Admission Fee Required) 15 Participants/Section (Ages 2 to 5 with caregiver)

Summer Berries*

#841003

Rolling Hills County Park | Naturalist, Shawn Severance Sit down by the pond and learn the Cherokee Legend of the First Strawberry and then hike to discover the abundance of summer berries that nature has to offer.

DATES 6/17

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Photo Credit: Bryan Mitchell

10am - 11am

Hiking with Henry*

#841003

Rolling Hills County Park | Naturalist, Shawn Severance Read a children's story about a hike Henry David Thoreau takes, and experience the joy and adventure of walking in nature.

DATES 7/22

DAY

TIME

F

10am - 11am

Coyote Pulls Down the Stars*

#841003

Rolling Hills County Park | Naturalist, Shawn Severance Listen to the legend of how trickster Coyote worked with First Woman to put the constellations in the sky, and learn about the real coyotes that come out after dark at Rolling Hills.

DATES 8/5

DAY F

TIME

10am - 11am

Archery

REGISTRATION: parksonline.ewashtenaw.org Fee: Free Program 12 Participants/Section (Ages 8 and Up)

Intro to Archery

#841007

Staebler Farm Park | Ages 8+ | Naturalist, Kelsey Dehring

This introductory program to archery covers safety and basic shooting skills. All archery equipment is provided, and no prior archery experience is required. Email Kelsey at dehringk@washtenaw.org for more information.

DATES

6/26 6/26 7/23 7/23 8/14 8/14 17

DAY Sun Sun Sat Sat Sun Sun

TIME

10am - 11:30am 2pm - 3:30pm 10am - 11:30am 2pm - 3:30pm 10am - 11:30am 2pm - 3:30pm

YOU SHOULD KNOW!

WASHTENAW COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION | SUMMER 2022

Masks are strongly recommended for everyone regardless of vaccination status. Pre-registration is required for everyone attending over the age of 2. Restricted to 5 children per section, accompanied by one adult. No unregistered siblings, please!


SUMMER 2022

MERI LOU MURRAY RECREATION CENTER

CARDIO

FITNESS

SWIM

CLASSES

2960 WASHTENAW AVE | ANN ARBOR | MI 48104


MERI LOU MURRAY RECREATION CENTER

Membership

Since the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center opened in 1991, it has been a popular venue for recreation enthusiasts. The center has approximately 51,000 square feet of space dedicated to fitness and recreation.

RATES

(I) Individual: 16-64 Years ■ (Y) Youth: 3-15 Years (S) Senior: 65+ Years ■ (D) Disabled (with doctor’s note) (M) Military - Active or Veteran (documentation required)

30-Day Pass

30-Day passes are valid for thirty (30) days from purchase at the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center.

TYPE

RESIDENT NON-RESIDENT

I/S/D/Y/M Family

$52 $52 $115 $115

Six-Month Pass (One-Time Payment)

Annual passes are valid six (6) months from purchase at the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center.

TYPE

Individual S/D/M Teen (13-19) Family

RESIDENT NON-RESIDENT $178 $265 $140 $205 $121 $161 $370 $555

Annual Pass (One-Time Payment)

Annual passes are valid for one (1) year from purchase at the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center.

TYPE

Individual S/D/M Teen (13-19) Family

RESIDENT NON-RESIDENT $278 $408 $214 $320 $178 $278 $587 $882

Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center Hours The Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center facility hours are as follows: • Monday through Friday; 6am to 8pm • Saturday; 8am to 6pm • Sunday; 9am to 4pm Building capacity and activities are subject to change. Masks are strongly recommended regardless of vaccination status. The indoor pool will also remain open at this time, with four swimming lanes. For more information about this and other changes check out washtenaw.org/reccenter. Recreation Center Cover/Photo Credit: Bryan Mitchell

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Movement SUMMER SESSION

REGISTRATION OPENS: June 1 at 6am CLASS DATES: June 19 - August 13 FEE: $38 (unless noted) *Hybrid (In-Person with a Virtual Option)

Zumba®

Zumba Toning® (OUTDOOR)

#43130

This Latin-based aerobic fitness class uses easy, fast, and slow rhythms set to fun Latin and international music. A real “feel happy” cardio workout!

DATES

6/19 – 8/7

DAY

TIME

Sun

11am - Noon

Zumba Fitness® (HYBRID)

#43110

This Latin-based aerobic fitness class uses easy, fast, and slow rhythms set to fun Latin and international music. A real “feel happy” cardio workout!

DATES

6/20 – 8/8 6/22 – 8/10 6/25 – 8/13 6/25 – 8/13

DAY

M W (Outdoor) Sat Sat (Outdoor)

Zumba Gold® (HYBRID)

TIME

6pm - 7pm 6pm - 7pm 11am - Noon 4pm - 5pm

#43120

Zumba Gold is designed for active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity. The design of the class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba® choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Come ready to sweat and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong.

DATES

6/24 – 8/12

DAY F

TIME

10:30am - 11:30am

Zumba & Strengthen® (VIRTUAL) #43110

Dance fitness class is a fun, invigorating class that incorporates toning and strength with music you love and easy-to-follow fitness choreography. This class also offers low-impact strength and cardio drills and ends with calming stretches. You will need a mat, a pair of light weight dumbbells (1-2 lbs), and a pair of medium weight dumbbells (3-5 lbs). Join us as we sweat and become stronger together!

DATES

6/24 – 8/12

DAY F

TIME

6:40pm - 7:40pm

Refund/Cancellation Policies Refund Policy

Cancelled or Full Class? Full refund Before class begins? Full refund, less $5 service fee After class begins? Pro-rated refund, less $5 service fee Missed class? No refund No cash refunds, credit card or check only Refunds are given after 1st class ONLY with a letter from a doctor for a medical disabilty or an employer indicating transfer from the area.

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Core & Cardio

Aerobics

REGISTRATION OPENS: June 1 at 6am CLASS DATES: June 19 - August 13 FEE: $38 (unless noted) *Hybrid (In-Person with a Virtual Option)

REGISTRATION OPENS: June 1 at 6am CLASS DATES: June 10 - August 13 FEE: $38 (unless noted)

SUMMER SESSION

SUMMER SESSION

Basic Sculpt & Condition

Aerobic Fitness

The foam rolling class is relaxing and therapeutic. We will be on a mat and using the roller to release muscular tension enabling muscles to stretch more easily.

Slower paced, entry-level workout for all ages. A mix of aerobics, conditioning and stretching. 40 minutes aerobics, 20 minutes conditioning and stretch.

Intro to Foam Rolling

DATES

6/21 – 8/9

DAY T

#43160

TIME

6:30pm - 7:15pm

Stretch & Strengthen (VIRTUAL) #43480

Basic Aerobics (VIRTUAL)

DATES

6/20 – 8/8 6/23 – 8/11 6/24 – 8/12

DAY

#43210

TIME

M Th F (Outdoor)

9am - 10am 9am - 10am 9am - 10am

#43330

Aerobic & Strength

This class is for all ages to strengthen and stretch all major muscle groups at their own level. Core work and balance will be addressed. $85 for all three classes/session.

This class focuses on intervals of aerobics, strengthening exercises, balance and core work. It is appropriate for beginners and advanced participants. It culminates with a cool down and stretching pose.

DATES

DATES

6/21 – 8/9 6/23 – 8/11 6/25 – 8/13

DAY

T (Hybrid) Th Sat

TIME

11am - Noon 11am - Noon 12:15pm - 1:15pm

6/21 – 8/9

DAY

Water Fitness Water Aerobics

Global Fitness

#43100

Take your workout to the next level! Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to improve muscular tone, endurance strength, and cardiovascular fitness. Intermediate level.

DATES

6/22 – 8/10

DAY W

Fitness Trail Full Body Workout

TIME

9am - 10am

6/21 – 8/9

21

DAY T

5:30pm - 6:30pm

$42

#42000

Looking for a new and refreshing way to stay in shape? Water aerobics is a great low impact workout that can improve strength, flexibility, circulation and cardiovascular stamina. Workouts can easily be tailored to match your abilities. No swimming skills required.

DATES

6/20 – 8/8 6/20 – 8/8 6/22 – 8/10 6/22 – 8/10 6/24 – 8/12

#43260

This class will improve your cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, endurance and provide a full-body workout. We will walk the 1.4-mile fitness trail in County Farm Park at a brisk pace and include strengthening, stretching and balance exercises at each of the 18 stations.

DATES

TIME

T

TIME

9am - 10am

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DAY M M W W F

TIME

10:15am - 11:15am 6pm - 7pm 10:15am - 11:15am 6pm - 7pm 10:15am - 11:15am


Mind & Body SUMMER SESSION

Building Hours

REGISTRATION OPENS: June 1 at 6am CLASS DATES: June 19 - August 13 FEE: $38 (unless noted) *Hybrid (In-Person with a Virtual Option)

Yoga & Pilates

Monday-Friday 6am to 8pm

Saturday 8am to 6pm

#43400

Balanced Yoga (HYBRID)

Use yoga movements and breathing techniques to relax and strengthen your mind and body, while increasing flexibility and working core muscles.

DATES

6/23 – 8/11

DAY Th

TIME

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Yin Yoga

#43490

This class uses asanas and pranayama (yoga postures and breath exercises) to bring peace to the mind and body. Practice slowly and gently and hold poses longer while working toward better alignment. Great for beginners and those who prefer a deeper practice or a slower pace.

DATES

6/24 – 8/12

DAY F

TIME

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Matwork Pilates (HYBRID)

#43440

Benefits include increased overall flexibility, abdominal strength and an overall sense of well-being. Feel stronger and leaner as you develop your core.

DATES

6/20 – 8/8 6/22 – 8/10

DAY M W

TIME

10:30am - 11:30am 10:30am - 11:30am

Tai Chi #43510

Increase core strength and flexibility of the spine, improve posture, alignment and mind-body connection. All ages and fitness levels welcome. 6/21 – 8/9

9am - 4pm

Lower Gym Hours Monday-Friday 6am to 7:45pm

Saturday 8am to 5:45pm

Sunday 9am - 3:45pm

Pool Hours

We no longer are reserving lanes for lap swimming. We offer lap swim and open swim. The pool is closed to the public during lessons and water aerobics unless signed up for those classes. The pool schedule is posted online and subject to change.

Monday-Friday 6am to 7:45pm

Tai Chi for Health & Balance

DATES

Sunday

DAY T

Saturday 8am to 5:45pm

Sunday 9am - 3:45pm

TIME

9:30am - 10:30am

Beginning Tai Chi (OUTDOOR)

#43510

Increase core strength and flexibility of the spine, improve posture, alignment and mind-body connection. All ages and fitness levels welcome.

DATES

6/23 – 8/11 22

DAY Th

TIME

10am - 11am WASHTENAW.ORG/PARKS | PARKS@WASHTENAW.ORG | (734) 971-6337

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Group Fitness Schedule SUMMER SESSION

REGISTRATION OPENS: June 1 at 6am CLASS DATES: June 19 - August 13 FEE: $38 (unless noted) *Hybrid (In-Person with a Virtual Option)

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNE

9 - 10AM

BASIC AEROBICS (VIRTUAL)

10:15 - 11:15AM

9:30 - 10:30AM

TAI CHI FOR HEALTH & BALANCE 10:15 - 11:15AM

WATER AEROBICS

WATER AEROBICS

10:30 - 11:30AM 11AM-NOON

ZUMBA TONING

MATWORK PILATES

11AM - NOON

(HYBRID)

STRETCH & STRENGTHEN

(OUTDOOR)

(HYBRID)

BRE 2PM -

5: 5:30 - 6:30PM

6 - 7PM

ZUMBA FITNESS (Hybrid)

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6 - 7PM

WATER AEROBICS

AEROBICS & STRENGTH 6:30 - 7:15PM

INTRO TO FOAM ROLLING

WASHTENAW COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION | SUMMER 2022

6 - 7PM

ZUMBA FITNESS (Outdoor)


Movement (pg. 20) Cardio & Core (pg. 21) Aerobics (pg. 21) Mind & Body (pg. 22)

ESDAY

THURSDAY 9 - 10AM

GLOBAL FITNESS

9 - 10AM

BASIC AEROBICS (VIRTUAL)

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

9 - 10AM

FITNESS TRAIL FULL BODY WORKOUT

9 - 10AM

BASIC AEROBICS (OUTDOOR)

(OUTDOOR)

10 - 11AM

BEGINNING TAI CHI & QI GONG 10:30 - 11:30AM

MATWORK PILATES (HYBRID)

(OUTDOOR)

11AM - NOON

10:15 - 11:15AM

WATER AEROBICS

10:30 - 11:30AM

ZUMBA GOLD (HYBRID)

STRETCH & STRENGTHEN (VIRTUAL)

11AM - NOON

ZUMBA FITNESS (HYBRID)

11:45AM - 12:45PM

PIYO

(VIRTUAL)

12:15PM - 1:15PM

STRETCH & STRENGTHEN (VIRTUAL)

EAK 4PM 4 - 5PM

ZUMBA FITNESS (HYBRID)

5:30 - 6:30PM

BALANCED YOGA 6 - 7PM

WATER AEROBICS

(HYBRID)

5:30 - 6:30PM

YIN YOGA

6:40 - 7:40PM

ZUMBA & STRENGTHEN (VIRTUAL)

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Swim Lessons PARENT TOT + PRESCHOOL

The goal of Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Parent Tot and Preschool Lessons are to get toddlers and preschoolers comfortable in the water. These instructor-led classes help provide a solid foundation for swimming skills that will last a life-time. Comfortability in the water is our top priority as it ensures your child will learn how to be safe in the water. As they progress and graduate each level, they are introduced to new skills that our instructors continue to build upon through Level 5.

SUMMER SESSION

REGISTRATION: parksonline.ewashtenaw.org REGISTRATION OPENS: June 1 CLASS DATES: June 19 - August 13 FEE: $72

Parent Tot 1

#41010

(6 Months - 18 Months with Adult) With adult participation, infants and toddlers learn to enjoy water activities. Songs and games teach the children water comfort. One adult per child.

DATES

DAY

6/19 – 8/7

TIME

Sun

10am - 10:25am

Parent Tot 2

#41020

(18 Months - 3.5 Years with Adult) With adult participation, infants and toddlers learn to enjoy water activities. Songs and games teach the children water comfort. One adult per child.

DATES

DAY

6/19 – 8/7 6/19 – 8/7

Sun Sun

• • • •

TIME

10:30am - 10:55am 11:30am - 11:55am

Preschool 1

#41040

(At Least 4 Years) Great for beginners! Children with little or no water experience will learn water comfort, supported floating, kicking, basic arm movement.

DATES

6/19 – 8/7 6/19 – 8/7

DAY

TIME

Sun Sun

11am - 11:25am Noon - 12:25pm

Preschool 2

#41050

(At Least 4 Years) Great for beginners! Children with little or no water experience will learn water comfort, supported floating, kicking, basic arm movement.

DATES

6/19 – 8/7

DAY Sun

TIME

12:30pm - 12:55pm

Masks are recommended regardless of vaccination status. There is a $5 late fee for late class registration. No make-ups, refunds, or substitutions for missed swim classes. Space is limited.

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Swim Lessons YOUTH LEVEL 1-4 ADULT/TEEN

SUMMER SESSION

REGISTRATION: parksonline.ewashtenaw.org REGISTRATION OPENS: June 1 CLASS DATES: June 19 - August 13 YOUTH CLASSES: Ages 4-12 FEE: $80

Level 1

#41060

Level 5

#41080

(At Least 5 Years) Fundamental aquatic skills for children who can fully submerge head, float and kick on both front and back without support to begin to complete their strokes.

(Must Pass Level 4 or with Permission) Students work on stroke refinement for those who have coordinated freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

DATES

DATES

6/19 – 8/7 6/19 – 8/7

DAY Sun Sun

TIME

10am - 10:40am 11:40am - 12:20pm

Level 2

#41065

(Must Pass Level 1 or with Permission) Learn to combine and coordinate basic swimming skills into complete strokes. Rhythmic breathing introduced; front and back crawls will improve.

DATES

6/19 – 8/7 6/19 – 8/7

DAY Sun Sun

TIME

10:50am - 11:30am 12:30pm - 1:10pm

Level 3

#41070

(Must Pass Level 2 or with Permission) Deep water comfort is a must. Improved stroke technique and endurance is the focus. Children work more distance with front and back strokes, along with intro to breaststroke and butterfly. Must be able to tread water for at least 30 seconds.

DATES

6/19 – 8/7 6/19 – 8/7

DAY Sun Sun

6/19 – 8/7

DAY Sun

Adult/Teen Beginner

TIME

10:50am - 11:30am

$70

#41100

(13+ Years) Designed for those with little or no water experience. Class will focus on water comfort and introduction of strokes.

DATES

6/23 – 8/11

DAY

TIME

T

Adult Intermediate

6:30pm - 7:30pm

$70

#41110

(13+ Years) Designed for students with some water experience and swimming ability. Class will focus on stroke improvement, including correct breathing coordination.

DATES

6/23 – 8/11

DAY T

TIME

6:30pm - 7:30pm

TIME

10am - 10:40am 11:40am - 12:20pm

Level 4

#41075

(Must Pass Level 3 or with Permission) Students will refine and improve strokes for those who can swim front and back crawl, and demonstrate breaststroke and butterfly. Must be able to tread water for 1 minute.

DATES

6/19 – 8/7

DAY Sun

TIME

10:50am - 11:30am Photo Credit: Bryan Mitchell

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Swim Lessons PRIVATE SWIM

SUMMER SESSION

REGISTRATION: parksonline.ewashtenaw.org REGISTRATION OPENS: June 1 CLASS DATES: June 19 - August 13 FEE: $160 | Add a second student for $60

Private Swim

#41000

(4+ Years) Students will refine and improve strokes for those who can swim front and back crawl, and demonstrate breaststroke and butterfly. Must be able to tread water for 1 minute.

DATES

6/21 – 8/9 6/21 – 8/9 6/21 – 8/9 6/21 – 8/9 6/21 – 8/9 6/23 – 8/11 6/23 – 8/11 6/23 – 8/11 6/23 – 8/11 6/23 – 8/11 6/25 – 8/13 6/25 – 8/13 6/25 – 8/13 6/25 – 8/13 6/25 – 8/13 6/25 – 8/13

DAY T T T T T Th Th Th Th Th Sat Sat Sat Sat Sat Sat

TIME

5pm - 5:30pm 5:30pm - 6pm 6pm - 6:30pm 6:30pm - 7pm 7pm - 7:30pm 5pm - 5:30pm 5:30pm - 6pm 6pm - 6:30pm 6:30pm - 7pm 7pm - 7:30pm 10am - 10:30am 10:30am - 11am 11am - 11:30am 11:30am - Noon Noon - 12:30pm 12:30pm - 1pm

No make-ups, refunds or substitutions for missed instructional swim classes Questions? Contact - Alyson Kindall kindalla@washtenaw.org Photo Credit: Bryan Mitchell

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ANN ARBOR MI PERMIT 111

US POSTAGE PAID

PRE-SORT STANDARD

CONTACT INFORMATION Independence Lake Park (734) 449-4437 Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center (734) 971-6355 Pierce Lake Golf Course and Park (734) 475-5858 Rolling Hills Park and Water Park (734) 484-9676

Administrative Offices 2230 Platt Road (at County Farm Park) Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation P.O. Box 8645 Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8645 Ann Arbor, MI 48107 tel (734) 971-6337 fax (734) 971-6386

Visit us online for photos, maps, info, and detailed directions at washtenaw.org/parks Photo Credit: Bryan Mitchell