Fitness | Parks | Sporting Events
Intramural sports facilities include three large complexes housing courts for paddleball, racquetball, handball, squash, and basketball, facilities for indoor and outdoor track and field, gymnastics, weight-lifting, boxing, and judo. There are additional facilities for tennis, skating, hockey, and team field sports such as baseball. The University also offers two golf courses and four swimming pools, including a water sports complex with an Olympic diving platform.
Students have broad choice of informal activities. There are more than 40 clubs and many organized individual sports. Along with extensive sports fields, the University also maintains beautiful gardens for more leisurely moments. The Nichols Arboretum, a hilly, rambling park that adjoins the campus and stretches down to the Huron River, provides a pleasant setting for jogging, Frisbee, or just taking a stroll.
Beyond campus, Ann Arbor's Parks and Recreation Department offers activities and parklands in and around the city. Ann Arbor has an expansive bike path system and there are municipal facilities for canoeing, wind-surfing, and year-round ice skating and swimming. The Metroparks provide additional recreational resources, including cross-country skiing, boating, and birding.
The city of Ann Arbor and its residents are known for their devotion to the outdoors, with an abundance of year-round recreational activities for all-types of fitness enthusiasts. An expansive park system, both inside and outside city limits, dwarfs those of even much larger cities. And you can find organized recreational activities for residents of any age -- youth to adult. Go jogging through the Nichols Arboretum as the flowers bloom in the spring, canoe on the Huron River on a sunny summer afternoon, stroll through Gallup Park as the vibrant autumn leaves fall, or ice skate at indoor and outdoor facilities during the chilly winter months.
Please see the list below for a simple introduction to some of the activities that are available to you.
Ann Arbor Ice Cube
The Ann Arbor Ice Cube is a unique combination of an ice sports center, complete with pro shop, a physical therapy center, and a public fitness center.
Ann Arbor YMCA
The Ann Arbor YMCA offers many classes and workshops along with a weight room, sauna, gymnasium, Nautilus, swimming pool, and racquetball courts.
Liberty Athletic Club
The Liberty Athletic Club, located on West Liberty, offers free-weights and machines, cardio-equipment, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, indoor swimming pool, basketball courts, track, and childcare.
One-on-One Athletic Club
The family-oriented One-on-One Athletic Club is equipped for aerobics and weights workouts, free personal training, spinning, self-defense, cardio-kick-boxing classes, and a fun center for kids.
Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center
The Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center is complete with an indoor track, basketball courts, Olympic-size swimming pool, weight room, and cardiovascular equipment.
U-M Golf Course
The U-M Golf Course, located at the corner of West Stadium and Main Street, is open to faculty, staff, and students of all University of Michigan campuses on a daily green-fees basis.
U-M Recreational Sports
The Department of Recreational Sports offers intramural sports, club sports, and outdoor recreation programs along with individual workout activities.
Ann Arbor Rec & Ed, a department of Ann Arbor Public Schools
The Ann Arbor Rec & Ed provides programs and classes for children and adults. Programs include league and team sports, cultural arts classes, instruction such as swimming and fitness classes, and enrichment programs like language lessons and cooking.
There are over 140 parks in Ann Arbor, an amazing number for a city this size, that offer countless possibilities for outdoor activities. The list below highlights a few of our Ann Arbor favorites.
Burns Park, set in an attractive neighborhood near central campus, contains tennis and basketball courts, softball fields, soccer fields, and a well equipped playground. There is also a pavilion available, for a fee, perfect for large group picnics, weddings, or outdoor events.
Set along the Huron River across from the U-M Hospital, Fuller Park features an outdoor swimming pool, waterslide, sand volleyball courts, and soccer fields.
Set along both sides of Geddes Pond, an impoundment of the Huron River, Gallup Park has a canoe livery, picnic shelters, public boat launch, and play areas. Gallup Park is popular with joggers, rollerbladers, and anglers. You will often find animal lovers out feeding the ducks and squirrels.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Consisting of 350 acres of meadow and woods located about five miles east of Ann Arbor, the Matthaei Botanical Gardens is maintained by the U-M for research and the enjoyment of the public.
A natural refuge in the middle of Ann Arbor, the Nichols Arboretum, or the Arb, is home to an abundance of plant collections native to Michigan and the Great Lakes area as well as exotic vegetation from around the world. Within footsteps of the Washington Heights Street entrance, lies a stunning peony garden with over 230 cultivations. The Arb is free and open all year round.
Beyond campus, Ann Arbor's Parks and Recreation Department offers activities and parklands in and around the city. There are also municipal facilities for canoeing, wind-surfing, and year-round ice skating and swimming. The Metroparks provide additional recreational resources, including cross-country skiing, boating, and birding.
Sport spectators can also enjoy a variety of intramural, NCAA, and professional sporting events in and outside of Ann Arbor.
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