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Aerial Silks

Silks at Palmer Field. Enthusiasts of this acrobatic art often perform in the afternoons in good weather. Newcomers welcome. facebook.com/groups/SilksInTheDiag. Classes offered at the Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk (734-726-0353), a2aviary.com, and Ringstar Physical Arts Studio, 3907 Varsity (585-307-0402), a2ringstar.com. Upcoming silks events are listed at facebook.com/TheAnnArborAviary


Badminton

Ann Arbor Badminton Club. Meets Mon., Wed., Fri., & Sun. 7:30-10 p.m. and Sat. 3-5:45 p.m. at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center. Gym membership or $8 entrance fee required. Players of all levels welcome; bring your own rackets and shuttlecocks. alexhong5115@yahoo.com S

Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, 2960 Washtenaw. (734) 971-6355. 8 indoor courts with daily drop-in play and two tournaments per year; see website for drop-in schedule & fees. parks.ewashtenaw.org (click on MLM Rec Center).


Bicycling

See the Transportation section of this guide for information on bicycle commuting and ArborBike rentals.

Bicycle maps. See a2gov.org/parks for PDF maps and where to purchase a paper map ($2).

Bicycle rental. The ArborBike sharing program lets members check out bikes from fourteen locations for up to an hour at a time. Sign up online or download app; memberships from $6 (1 day) to $65 (1 year). arborbike.org. 2. Mountain bikes, road bikes, and casual bikes by the hour, day, week, month or (casual bikes only) by the semester at the Campus Student Bike Shop (336 Maynard, 734-327-6949). campusstudentbikeshop.com. U-M Outdoor Adventures (336 Hill, 734-764-3967) rents Blue BikesBicycle repair. The bicycling group Common Cycle runs a free Mobile Repair Stand (Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday Artisan Market, 315 Detroit St.) to assist with and teach bicycle repairs, ranging from fixing a flat to overhauling a headset. info@commoncycle.org, commoncycle.org

Dirt biking. Bandemer Park (Barton Dr. at Whitmore Lake Rd.) has a dirt bike jump course.

Mountain biking. Bluffs Nature Area (N. Main across from Lakeshore St.) has rugged trails throughout the park, while Olson Park (corner of Dhu Varren and Pontiac Trail) also has a network of trails.

Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society. More than 500 members. Schedules rides throughout Washtenaw and surrounding counties, generally listed on the AABTS website, in the Events section of the monthly Ann Arbor Observer, and at AnnArborObserver.com, (Check aabts.org, then 'Rides" and "Online Calendar" to confirm listings.) Riders of all abilities welcome, as are nonmembers (new riders receive advice and support). Hosts an annual invitational bicycle ride (One Helluva Ride) 2nd Sat. in July. Publishes an online ride calendar and newsletter. Annual dues $20, family $25 (includes mileage recognition patches for minimum 500 club miles/year and discounts at area bike shops). aabts.org, facebook.com/aabts.mi

Ann Arbor Velo Club, Promotes competitive cycling in Southeastern Michigan. Hosts events year round: races, training rides, fun rides, skills practice, coaching, and social activities. Open to all riders seeking to take their cycling to the next level. Dues $30. annarborveloclub.org

Wolver-Bents Recumbent Cyclists, 706 Dwight, Ypsilanti 48198. (734) 487-9058. Club for recumbent bike riders, who recline on a chairlike seat. Monthly rides. wolverbob@gmail.com, wolverbents.org

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Boating & Sailing

Barton Boat Club. Promoting small boat sailing and racing. Meets May -mid-Oct., Sun. 2 p.m. on Barton Pond for Laser class sailboat racing. Holiday and social events. Junior sailing instruction one week during the summer. Annual dues $355. Nominal fee for winter boat storage. mattmeghan@sbcglobal.net or dbochar@gmail.com, bartonboatclub.org

Michigan Sailing Club, 8010 Strawberry Lake Road near Dexter (P.O. Box 147, Dexter 48130). (734) 426-4299. Open to public. Membership includes beginner sailing lessons and use of club sailboats, windsurfers, canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. Offers introductory sailboat rides to prospective members every Sat. at 1 p.m. (weather permitting). Hosts formal regattas and informal intra-club races on Baseline Lake at the Dexter Clubhouse, 8010 Strawberry Lake Rd. Summer social activities include picnics, barbecues, swimming. Dues include lessons and use of club boats. Annual dues $215/person (U-M students $140), $330/family (U-M student family $230). sailing.club@umich.edu, michigansailingclub.org


Bowling

Arbor Valley USBC (United States Bowling Congress), 2707 Yost. (734)-973-2695. Serves all area USBC-certified bowlers. Leagues for men, women, and youth bowlers play locally at Bel-Mark and Revel & Roll, (see below). Annual dues, (local and national chapters), $20. arborvalleyusbc.com

Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson. (734) 994-8433. 39 lanes (including 9-lane private party suite), bar & grill, pizza, video games, and darts. Open bowling most days (call to confirm availability). Karaoke Fri. & Sat. nights. belmarklanes.com

Revel & Roll (formerly Colonial Lanes), 1950 South Industrial. (734) 665-4474. 27 lanes, video/pinball room, restaurant. Open bowling daily; phone ahead for lane availability. Leagues year round. Birthday parties, corporate outings. info@revelandroll.com, revelandroll.com


Canoeing, Kayaking, & Paddleboating

Argo Park Canoe Livery, 1055 Longshore. (734) 794-6241. Rents canoes, 1- and 2-person kayaks, tubes, stand-up paddleboards, and 5-person rafts; a driver's license or car key required for deposit. Rental $14-$20/2 hours. River trips of 1.5 and 2.5 hours available with van transportation upstream $20-$30. Season passes available. River day camps, stand up paddle boarding instruction, and other public programs. Open early May-mid-Oct. Before Memorial Day weekend & after Labor Day: weekends 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day: daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m. a2gov.org/canoe

Gallup Park Canoe Livery, 3000 Fuller. (734) 794-6240. Rents canoes, 1- and 2-person kayaks, kids' kayaks, and rowboats; see Argo listing above for trip information and rental fees. Also rents paddleboats for $10/hour. Public programs, river day camps, and a coffee shop. Opens mid-Apr. Before Memorial Day weekend & after Labor Day: daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day: daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m. a2gov.org/canoe

Skip's Huron River Canoe Livery, Delhi Metropark, East Delhi Rd. (734) 769-8686. Rents canoes and kayaks; age 12 & over for kayaks. Open Apr.-Labor Day daily (Closed Wed. May & June); open Sat. and Sun. week after Labor Day-mid Oct. (depending on river conditions). Two boating trips available: an 8-mile (3 hour) trip from Hudson Mills Metro Park to Delhi Metropark and a 3.5-mile (1.5 hour) trip from Dexter-Huron Metropark to Delhi Metropark. Check website for departure times for each trip. Choice of aluminum or premium canoes, single or tandem kayaks. Prices range from $25, (3.5 mile trip), to $45, (8 mile trip). $20 cash deposit for all canoes and kayaks. Reservations and prepayment are required for weekend and holiday trips, 1 or 2 weeks in advance. Metroparks vehicle entrance fee required $10/day, $35/year ($21/year for age 62 & up). skipshuronrivercanoeliveryllc.com S

U-M Rec Sports, 336 Hill. (734) 764-3967. Rents kayaks and canoes, organizes occasional trips. All services and equipment available to the public. See website for hours and fees. advleadtrips@umich.edu, recsports.umich.edu/rentals


Disc Golf

Ann Arbor Area Disc Induced Sports Club (A3Disc), 5980 Plum Hollow Dr. #13, Ypsilanti, MI, 48197. William Gilbert, (734) 649-8220. Hosts leagues and tournaments year round at Hudson Mills Metropark, Independence Lake and Rolling Hills County Parks, Mary Beth Doyle Park, Bandemer Park, The Ponds at Lakeshore in Ypsilanti, "The Gulch" in Hamburg Twp., and Brighton Recreation Area State Park, as well as other parks in the area. Summer leagues for all club members Mon. (Independence), Wed. (Hudson Mills) and Fri. ("The Gulch"). $30 club fee; park vehicle entrance fees extra. jreif746@gmail.com, a3disc.org

Bandemer Park, N. Main at Lakeshore Dr. and off Barton Dr. where it meets Whitmore Lake Rd. 9-hole course along the Huron River.

Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 North Territorial. (734) 426-8211. Two 24-hole courses; $3 daily wristband or $55 ($35 seniors 62+ & juniors 20 and under) annual bag tag to play. Vehicle entrance fee $10/day, $35/year ($21 for seniors age 62+). Facility rents discs for a $10 deposit, Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day 8 a.m.-9 p.m. S

Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Webster Twp. Twenty-four-hole course. (Vehicle fees, see Rolling Hills below.)

Mary Beth Doyle Park, Birch Hollow Rd. east of Stone School Rd. Eighteen-hole course with a pond and a tricky path through the woods.

Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd. (734) 484-9676. Eighteen-hole course with amateur and professional tees. Vehicle entrance fees: see listing under Regional & State Parks. parks.ewashtenaw.org S


Fencing

Ann Arbor Sword Club. (734) 996-4290 afternoons & evenings. Modern competitive fencing, historical swordplay (HEMA), and instruction. Sept.-mid-Aug., Tues. 6:30-10 p.m. at Pittsfield Grange Hall, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Two 9-week introductory sessions (Sept. and Jan.), 6:30-7:30 p.m. More information, schedule, and details at annarborsword.com

YMCA, 400 W. Washington. (734) 996-9622. Classes year round, all levels, age 12 & up. Equipment provided. Instruction and open fencing Thurs. evening & Sat. afternoon. annarborymca.org S


Firearms & Archery

Washtenaw Sportsman's Club. 5095 Ellis, Ypsilanti. (734) 276-4597. Membership sec. Ed Krasny, (734) 971-5077. Annual dues $130, $80 for age 65 & up. Firearms Classes in hunter safety, CPL, rifle, pistol, & shotgun for adults and juniors (Chuck Morgan, (734) 654-3197, cmorgan2002@comcast.net). Archery Outdoor 3-D, field, and practice ranges. Indoor ranges up to 35 yards. All leagues and matches are open to the public. Junior Olympic Archery Development Program. Contact: Jack Romeo: strings37@sbcglobal.net. See website for open times and rates. WSClub.org.S


Flying

Ann Arbor Flyers, 801 Airport Dr. One of the oldest aviation clubs in the country, dating to 1940. Members have access to a fleet of 4 modern aircraft with instrument flight rules capability for wide-ranging aerial adventures. Seasoned instructors for primary and advanced training. Monthly meetings (2nd Wed. of each calendar quarter at 7:30 p.m.) at the airport terminal building and social activities. Meetings open to the public. vp@annarborflyers.com, annarborflyers.com

U-M Flyers, Ann Arbor Airport, 1075 Airport Dr., NW T hangars - row P. (734) 994-6208. For those interested in learning to fly. Emphasis on safety and continuing education. Monthly dues plus fees for lessons and plane rental. For dues information and meeting times, call or see website. information@michiganflyers.org, michiganflyers.org


Golf-Driving Ranges

Indian Trail Golf Center 5440 Earhart. (734) 929-0807. Outdoor driving range with covered tee area and putting surface. Grass tees. Bucket of balls $6, $9, $12, or $18. Open 9 a.m.-dusk, except Tues. noon-dusk. indiantrailgolf.com

Miles of Golf, 3113 Carpenter. (734) 973-9004. Open year round. Practice greens, grass, heated/sheltered tees, club testing and fitting center, lessons, pro shop, repair facility, and tavern. Bucket of balls $8, $10, or $12. Dawn to dusk even when the golf shop is closed. milesofgolf.com

Stonebridge Golf Club, 1825 Clubhouse Dr. (734) 429-8383. Outdoor facility with practice areas for driving, putting, chipping, and sand shots. Bucket of balls $5.50, $8.50, or $12; discounts with range card. Open daily sunrise-sunset. info@stonebridgegolfclub.net, stonebridgegolfclub.net

Zeeb Golf Driving Range, 2735 S. Zeeb Rd. (734) 994-4005. Outdoor driving range with putting green, rain shelter, and regripping service; chipping area and sand trap. Golf instruction available. Bucket of balls $5, $7, or $10. Daily 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Seasonal hours vary. zeebgolf@gmail.com


Golf-Organizations

Huron Valley Women's Golf Club. Est. 1991. Day and evening leagues at a variety of area courses for beginner, intermediate, and experienced women golfers. Nine- and 18-hole leagues available. Annual dues, $50, include membership in the Golf Association of Michigan. hvwgcgolf@gmail.com. hvwgc.org


Golf-Private Courses

Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club, 400 E. Stadium. (734) 663-4044. Membership waiting list 1 year. proshop@aagoc.org, aagoc.org

Barton Hills Country Club, 730 Country Club Rd. (734) 663-8511. Memberships available. Barton Hills residency not required. barton@bartonhillscc.com, bartonhillscc.com

The Polo Fields Golf and Country Clubs. 5200 Polo Fields Dr., (734) 998-1555. Memberships available. No initiation fee. www.polofieldsccmi.com

Travis Pointe Country Club, 2829 Travis Pointe Rd. (734) 662-2582. Memberships available. Call for a tour. travispointe.com


Golf-Public & Semiprivate Courses

Georgetown Country Club, 1365 King George. (734) 971-5500. 9 holes; women par 30, men par 28. Part of a swim, golf, foot golf, and tennis club (memberships available). Greens fees: $12; seniors (age 60 & over) and juniors (age 14 & under) $10. Pull carts only (rental $2). Twilight rates. Open to the public daily Apr.-Oct., weather permitting. Summer 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; call for spring and fall hours. georgetowncc.org S

Huron Hills Golf Course, 3465 E. Huron River Dr. (734) 794-6246. 18 holes, par 67. Overlooking the Huron River, Huron Hills provides some of the city's highest peaks and best topography. Walk-on play is available. Tee-time reservations anytime. FootGolf is now available for parties & special events. Greens fees for 9/18 holes: weekdays $14/$18; weekends & holidays $15/$20; juniors (age 17 & under) and seniors (age 60 & over) weekdays $10/$15. Juniors free with adult after 3 p.m. on Sun. Club rental $10/$15, pull cart rental $3/$5, power cart rental $9/$16. Weekday before noon special: 18 holes with power cart, adults $29, seniors $22. Snack bar. a2golf.org S

Lake Forest Golf Club and Practice Center, 3110 W. Ellsworth. (734) 994-8580. 18 holes, par 72. Public championship course in a natural setting includes 176 nonresidential acres of wide fairways, large greens, woodlands, and wetlands. Practice center includes grass hitting stations, 2 putting greens, and sand and grass chipping areas. Full bar and grill open for lunch and dinner in season. Banquets, outings, leagues, and lessons available with a PGA golf professional. Greens fees for 9/18 holes: weekdays $20/$25 (with cart $27/$39), weekends $20/$25 (with cart $35/$47). Senior (age 55 & over)/Junior rates available Mon.-Fri. Students $3 off any 18-hole rate. Twilight rates daily. Open daily dawn-dusk. golf@lkforest.com, lakeforestgc.com S

Leslie Park Golf Course, 2120 Traver. (734) 794-6245. 18 holes, par 72. Rolling hills and Traver Creek make this a picturesque course, chosen as the best municipal course in Michigan by Golf Digest.Booking Tee times strongly suggested. Greens fees for 9/18 holes: weekdays $17/$25; weekends & holidays $22/$31; juniors (age 17 & under) and seniors (age 60 & over) weekdays, $14/$18. Power carts for 9/18 holes: $9/$16 per rider. Weekday specials (before noon) for 18 holes with power cart, adults $36, seniors $25; weekend afternoon specials (after 2 p.m.) available. Season passes. Snack bar. a2golf.org S

Stonebridge Golf Club, 1825 Clubhouse Dr. (734) 429-8383. 18 holes, par 72. This public course was designed by Arthur Hills. Each set of tees has a USGA rating. PGA pros on staff give lessons. Full pro shop. Reservations recommended. Large banquet room available. Full bar and grill. Greens fees for 9/18 holes vary by day; check website for prices. Twilight, off-season, and senior (age 55 & over) rates. Daily sunrise-sunset. info@stonebridgegolfclub.net, stonebridgegolfclub.net S

Washtenaw Golf Club-A Polo Fields Property, 2955 Packard, Ypsilanti, (734) 434-2040. Eighteen holes, course inspired by Donald Ross. Lessons available by PGA pros. Casual dining. Third oldest golf course in MI. polofieldsccmi.com (click on Washtenaw Golf Club).


Golf-U-M Courses

Radrick Farms, 4875 Geddes. (734) 998-7040. 18 holes, par 72. Designed by Pete Dye, Radrick covers 260 acres and is reserved for U-M faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and their guests. Special "bucket list" package available for golfers not affiliated with the university. radrick1965@umich.edu, umgolfcourse.umich.edu

University of Michigan Golf Course, 500 E. Stadium. (734) 615-4653. 18 holes, par 71. Designed by Alister MacKenzie in 1931, this golf course is nationally rated. Serving primarily the U-M community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) with playing options for all. New clubhouse (2017) available for banquets. umgolfcourse.umich.edu


Ice Skating

A2Ice3, 2121 Oak Valley. (734) 213-1600. "The Cube" contains 3 rinks-2 NHL size and 1 Olympic size-used by clubs and hockey leagues and available for public skating, private party rental, and lessons. Open year round. Public skating fees: adults $4, children (age 12 & under) and seniors (age 62 & up) $3; skate rental $3. Call for hours or check online. a2ice3@a2ice3.com, a2ice3.com S

Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club, 2121 Oak Valley. (734) 213-6768. Member of the U.S. Figure Skating Association. Year-round lessons for skaters of all skill levels in freestyle, ice dance, field moves, power skating, hockey techniques, and synchronized skating. Also offers therapeutic skating and is home to the Special Olympics Figure Skating Team for Area 20--Washtenaw County. Registration available on website. aafsc@annarborfsc.org, annarborfsc.org

Buhr Park, 2751 Packard. (734) 794-6234. Outdoor covered regulation NHL-size rink, with cooled subfloor. Open Nov.-Mar. (except in unseasonably warm weather). Public skating, drop-in hockey, special programs, hourly rentals. Heated lobby, skate rental ($3), lockers, and skate sharpening ($6). Open skating times vary; call ahead. Fees: resident adults $5, nonresident $6; resident youths (age 17 & under) and resident seniors (age 60 & over) $4, nonresident $5. Drop-in hockey and season passes available. a2gov.org/buhr S

Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena, 2150 Jackson. (734) 794-6235. Indoor regulation NHL-size rink, seating for 1,000 spectators, skate rental ($3), skate sharpening ($6), coin-operated lockers, and pro shop. Open Sept.-May. Fees for residents: adults $5, youths (age 17 & under) and seniors (age 55 & up) $4; nonresident fees $1 more. General skating on weekend afternoons and evenings (call for hours). Discount coupons available. Instructional lessons for all ages. Rink may be rented for private gatherings. a2gov.org/vets S

Yost Ice Arena, 1116 S. State. (734) 764-4600. Home to U-M's varsity hockey team, this NHL-size rink offers hockey clinics, public skating, skate rental, skate sharpening, lockers, and concession stand. See website for rates, registration information, and times. yostice@umich.edu, yost.umich.edu S

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In-line Skating

Two favorite in-line skating spots are Gallup Park, with its miles of paved trails, and the path around Traver Pond at Olson Park.

Ann Arbor Skate Park Northwest corner of Veterans Memorial Park, between Dexter and Maple. 30,000 square feet of pools, bowls, runs, ditches, courses, plaza, and stage, all free and open to the public. a2skatepark.org

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Martial Arts & Self-Defense

Ann Arbor has many private martial arts studios; search online for listings.

Rec & Ed. (734) 994-2300, ext. 53234. Aikido, Sanchin Ryu karate, hapkido, self-defense, plus classes for youth and preschool. aareced.com

YMCA, 400 W. Washington. (734) 996-9622. Classes year round in aikido, judo, jujitsu, karate, tae kwon do, and tai chi for all ages and levels. Year-round karate and judo clubs. annarborymca.org S

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Orienteering

Southern Michigan Orienteering Club. Mark Voit, (517) 347-2927. Stages 5-8 orienteering meets each spring and fall. Participants use detailed maps and navigate unfamiliar landscapes. Courses for beginners at every meet. Annual dues $15, family $25; nonmembers and beginners welcome for a small event fee. voit@pa.msu.edu, michigano.org


Pickleball

Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, 2960 Washtenaw. (734) 971-6355. 8 indoor courts. See website for drop-in times, fees & current gym schedule. parks.ewashtenaw.org (click on MLM Rec Center).

Rec & Ed. (734) 994-2300, ext. 53254. Drop-in play twice a week; $5 at the door, $4 online or with a 10-session punch card. Usually held on Fri. & Mon. 6-8 p.m. Days and times vary; see website for schedule. Balls and paddles available. draves@aaps.k12.mi.us, aareced.com


Platform Tennis

This social winter sport is played on a court a third the size of a tennis court, surrounded by 12-foot-high screens. Players use a short-handled paddle and a sponge rubber ball; rules resemble tennis rules.

Ann Arbor Platform Tennis Club. Club members play year round; competitive season Oct.-Apr. Courts are at Huron Valley Tennis Club, 3235 Cherry Hill. Email for season membership dues; includes corporate membership privileges at the adjoining Huron Valley Tennis Club. admin@aaplatformtennis.com, aaplatformtennis.com

Health & Fitness Center at WCC. (734) 975-9950. Outdoor platform tennis during center hours (see General Programs & Facilities). Racquets and balls available. Call for reservations. wccfitness.org

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Racquetball, Paddleball, Handball, Squash, & Wallyball

U-M students, Rec Sports members, and guests of members can use 6 courts at the CCRB and 3 courts at the IMSB. Hours vary. Courts in high demand--reservations the day before play are recommended. CCRB (734-936-0627). IMSB (734-763-3562). See website for details. recsports.umich.edu S

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Rock Climbing

Planet Rock. Climbing gym with instruction. Available for private groups and parties. Pro shop. Daily pass: adults $17, students and military $16, kids $13 (ages 5-13); shoes ($5) & harnesses ($4) extra. Group and party packages. First-time packages ($44) include gear, safety instruction and day pass. Mon.-Wed. & Fri. 3-10 p.m., Thurs. 3-11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. gyminfo@planet-rock.com, planet-rock.com


Running & Track

For information on area running events, contact the groups below or check the Events calendars in the monthly Ann Arbor Observer or AnnArborObserver.com.

Ann Arbor Runners. Volunteer-led group of runners of all abilities and experience levels. Social group running; trail running; local race events. Also plans social gatherings. Meets Wed., Thurs., Sat. & Sun.; check website calendar for times and locations. Annual membership $1.50. meetup.com/A2Runners/

Ann Arbor Track Club,. Promotes fitness, friendship, and fun through running and walking, and track & field activities. Hosts events year-round including races such as the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run, Burns Park 5K/10K, Twinkie Run, Gallup Gallop 5K, Electric Bolt 5K/8K, and Kensington Challenge, as well as training runs, track meets, cross country races, social gatherings, and service activities. Offers weekly coached adult and youth workouts. Annual membership: families $40, adults $30, students (age 21 & under) $20. Additional member fee for indoor track workouts Nov.-Mar. info@aatrackclub.org, aatrackclub.org

Motown-Ann Arbor Hash House Harriers, Local chapter of an international, unorthodox running club for people who make a game of running. The task is to follow a trail designed to be confusing. Each run includes at least 1 pit stop (beer, pop, and water) and is followed by a trip to a restaurant or an organizer's house for socializing and food. Runners and walkers of all abilities welcome. Runs usually on Sat. or Sun. afternoons. See website for complete schedule. moa2hhh@gmail.com, moa2h3.org


Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

Huron Scuba, Snorkel & Adventure Travel Inc., 4816 Jackson. (734) 994-3483. Offers all levels of basic training and continuing education programs in snorkeling, open water, advanced open water, rescue, divemaster DSAT technical diving, and PADI instructor. Full-service professional dive facility with fill station/containment system capable of filling up to 4500psi and providing air, nitrox, trimix, argon, and oxygen. Repairs and services equipment; rentals. facebook.com/HuronScuba, huronscuba.com


Skiing

Cross-country trails. There is no charge to ski the ungroomed trails at these parks: Bird Hills, County Farm, Dolph, Fuller, Gallup, Independence Lake; or the Huron Hills and Leslie Park golf courses; or the U-M's Saginaw Forest. The public schools' Eberwhite Woods is also skiable, as are the prairies at Pioneer High.

Ann Arbor Ski Club. P.O. Box 3258, AA 48106. Year-round sports and social club; non-skiers welcome. Downhill and cross-country skiing trips in Michigan, western states, and Canada, social outings and dances, weekend canoe and bike trips, and other athletic activities such as volleyball, tennis, and golf. Must be 21 or over, annual dues $40. a2skiclub.org

Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 North Territorial. (734) 426-8211. Cross-country skiing daily 7 a.m.-dusk. No trail fees. Groomed trails. Ski rental weekends $9 (youth), $15 (adult) per half day. Vehicle entrance fees (see listing in Regional & State Parks).

Rolling Hills County Park. (734) 484-9676. Cross-country skiing daily 8 a.m.-dusk. No trail fees. Groomed trails. Ski rental $4-$5 for 2 hours. Vehicle entrance fees: see listing under Regional & State Parks.

Washtenaw Ski Touring Club. Ed Steinman, (734) 665-0248. Organizes cross-country ski trips and other outdoor and social activities. Meets early Nov.-mid-March every other Tues. 7 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth. Membership $15, $5 under 18 yrs old; wstcski@gmail.com, wstcski.org


Sledding & Tobogganing

Ann Arbor has great sledding hills. Sites include Buhr, Burns, Leslie, and Veterans parks, and Huron Hills Golf Course. All sites are unsupervised. Rolling Hills County Park (734-484-9676) has sledding and rents toboggans and sled tubes for $1.50/hr. (weekdays), $2/hr. (weekends). Sledding is prohibited in the U-M Nichols Arboretum.


Swimming

Public and nonprofit facilities and groups

Ann Arbor city pools. The city's 3 outdoor public pools at Buhr, Fuller, and Veterans parks (see individual listings below) are open Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day. Fees: adults (ages 18-54) $5, youths & seniors $4, under age 3 free with paid adult. Season passes. Youth day camps, swim teams and American Red Cross lessons for all ages. a2gov.org

Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics (A2QUA). Kelly, (734) 761-2790. Gay and lesbian swim club meets for coached practices Sundays 10-11 a.m., Memorial Day-Labor Day at Fuller Pool; the rest of the year at Mack Pool. All people and all swimming abilities welcome. $8 suggested donation for pool rental; don't let money prevent you from coming. lkelly@provide.net

Buhr Pool, 2751 Packard. (734) 794-6234. Outdoor 25-yard pool with 2 lap lanes, separate zero-depth-entry tot pool, sun deck, and locker rooms. Swim lessons, day camp, water polo camp, and neighborhood swim team; call for dates, times, and fees. Memorial Day to June 18: Open Swim: weekdays 3:30-7 p.m., and weekends & holidays noon - 7 p.m. June 19 to Labor Day: Open Swim: weekdays 1-8 p.m., and weekends & holidays noon-8 p.m. Adult Lap Swim: weekdays noon-1 p.m. Tot Splash, (7 and under): Mon., Wed., Fri. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Tues. & Thurs. noon-1 p.m. Fees: see Ann Arbor city pools, above. a2gov.org/buhr S

Fuller Pool, 1519 Fuller. (734) 794-6236. The largest outdoor pool in town, directly across from U-M Hospital. 50-meter Olympic lap lanes available daily, shallow area with ramp access, children's shallow area, water slide, 12-ft deep diving well, full handicapped accessibility, and family locker rooms. Also a day camp, log rolling, and swim classes. Lounge chairs, charcoal grills (bring own charcoal), and picnic pavilion available. Open swim daily 1-8 p.m., lap swim Mon.-Fri. 7:15 a.m.-1 p.m, Sat. 9 a.m to 1 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fees: see Ann Arbor city pools, above. a2gov.org/fuller S

Health & Fitness Center at WCC, 4833 E. Huron River Dr. (734) 975-9950. Indoor 25-yard, saltwater lap pool with 5 lanes and a handicapped accessible pool lift. Also has a warm-water pool. Swim instruction, water aerobics, and aquatic arthritis classes for all abilities. wccfitness.org

Independence Lake County Park. See listing in Regional & State Parks under City Parks & Nature Areas.

Mack Pool, 715 Brooks (in Ann Arbor Open @ Mack School). (734) 794-6237. This 25-yard indoor pool has 6 training lanes, a wading pool, and a handicapped access ramp. Locker rooms. Closed for summer. Times and season programs announced in Aug. Programs include master's swimming and log rolling. Fees: see Ann Arbor city pools, above. a2gov.org/mack S

Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, 2960 Washtenaw. (734) 971-6355. Lap, family, and open swim times at the 25-yard, wheelchair-accessible indoor pool. Group or private instructional swim and water exercise classes offered year round. Drop-in fees: resident (ages 16-61) $8 (nonresident $9); resident youths (ages 3-15), disabled & seniors (age 62 and up) $6 (nonresident $7). Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-10 p.m. See website for pool schedule. parks.ewashtenaw.org (click on MLM Rec Center).

Rolling Hills Family Water Park, 7660 Stony Creek,Ypsilanti. (734) 484-9676. This 6.5-acre water park includes wave and activity pools, six water slides including a 32-foot-high triple slide, a lazy river, a spray play area, and concessions. Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (May 30-June 2 and June 5-9 open 11 a.m.-5 p.m.); Sat., Sun., & holidays 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Vehicle entrance fees: county residents $6/day ($3.00 for age 62 & over), $30/year; nonresidents $10/day ($6 for age 62 & over), $45/year. Water park admission: county residents $8 weekdays (after 5 p.m. $6.00), $10 weekends & holidays; nonresidents $10 weekdays (after 5 p.m. $7), $13 weekends & holidays (discount for children 36-42" tall, free for children under 36 inches).S

U-M pools. The university has one 25-yard pool open to students, Rec Sports members, and their guests. CCRB's Margaret Bell Pool, (734) 763-3084, has 6 lanes and locker rooms. Hours vary; see website. recsports.umich.edu. S

Veterans Memorial Park Pool, 2150 Jackson. (734) 794-6235. Outdoor 25-yard pool with 4 lanes. Also, locker rooms, zero-depth entry pool, children's water-play area, 125-foot water slide, and vending machines. Handicapped access ramp and ADA chair. Memorial Day to June 18: Open Swim: weekdays 3:30-7 p.m., and weekends & holidays noon - 7 p.m. June 19 to Labor Day: Open Swim: weekdays 1-8 p.m., and weekends & holidays noon-8 p.m. Adult Lap and Tot Splash, (7 and under), weekdays noon-1 p.m. Fees: see Ann Arbor city pools, above. a2gov.org/vets S

YMCA, 400 W. Washington. (734) 996-9622. The Y's aquatics center features a 6-lane, 25-yard pool for lap swim and instruction, and a zero-depth entry warm water family pool. Portable lift available. Lap swimming available all hours. Swim lessons for all ages, youth swim team and synchronized swimming, adult water aerobics, lifeguard certification, and arthritis exercise classes year round. annarborymca.org S


Tennis

Courts are available in Ann Arbor's city parks and public schools and at the U-M. City and school courts are free for public use, first-come first-served, when not occupied by classes or tournaments. There are 3 courts (lighted) at Vets Park (2150 Jackson, 734-794-6235), 8 at Huron High (2727 Fuller, 734-994-2075), and 12 at Pioneer High (601 W. Stadium, 734-994-2151). The U-M has 8 lighted asphalt courts (open daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.) at Palmer Field, 401 Washtenaw (734-763-3084), and 2 on North Campus at Baits Dr. and Hubbard Rd.

Indoor tennis clubs: Chippewa Club, 2525 Golfside (734-434-6100); Huron Valley Tennis Club, 3235 Cherry Hill (734-662-5514); Liberty Athletic Club, 2975 W. Liberty (734-665-3738); Racquet Club of Ann Arbor, 3010 Hickory Ln. (734-971-5441); and Travis Pointe Country Club, 2829 Travis Pointe (734-662-2582). These clubs have pros who can be hired for private and group lessons. Most clubs also have outdoor courts for summer play. Membership prices vary and change frequently; call for details.

Ann Arbor Area Community Tennis Association. Supports and promotes tennis by hosting the Ann Arbor City Tournament, provides intramural tennis each spring for 6th graders at Ann Arbor Public Schools, tennis clinics, and other local events. Provides facility information, Find-a-Partner listings, and announcements. Dues $15, or $25 per family. info@aaacta.org, aaacta.org

Ann Arbor Tennis Club. Organizes 10-week tennis league sessions in fall, winter, and spring. Matches Sat. 6 p.m. and Sun. 6 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at Chippewa Tennis Club, 2525 Golfside. See website for up-to-date information. aatc.royalwebhosting.net

Rec & Ed. (734) 994-2300, ext. 53243. Year-round programs for youth and adults. Adult clinics, beginner Start/Restart program, instructional classes, cardio tennis, and USTA summer league teams. Youth instructional tennis classes (ages 5-15), 10 & Under Tennis, and junior team tennis program, including USTA junior travel teams (ages 9-18). shadigiv@aaps.k12.mi.us, aareced.com

U-M Varsity Tennis Center, 2250 S. State. (734) 615-9347. Eight indoor and 12 outdoor courts. Annual memberships for U-M student, faculty, staff, and alumni $50-$300. Others can be sponsored by a U-M affiliate. Additional hourly indoor court fees $15-$28, depending on time of day. mgoblue.com/vtc

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Triathlon

Ann Arbor Triathlon Club.Group training, club races, educational, volunteer, and social opportunities. All abilities, long course, short course, veterans, and newbies welcome. Members get discounts at related merchants. Dues $30 per year, $40 with membership to the Ann Arbor Track Club or Ann Arbor Velo Club, $50 for all three. aatriclub.org




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