Park Policies & Rules
If you would like to hold an event at one of Owatonna's parks, please review the park policies below and complete the Park Permit Application. Park permits are reviewed and approved by staff and the Park Board.
- Closing Hours: All city parks in the City of Owatonna shall be closed from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. on the following day.
- Liquor in Parks and Beaches: No person or persons shall display, consume, or possess any intoxicating liquor, non-intoxicating malt beverage or intoxicating malt beverage within parking areas, roadways, sidewalks abutting or the grounds in general of Central Park, Cashman Park, or Kaplan’s Woods Parkway in the City of Owatonna.
- Permit Required for Large Container of Alcoholic Beverages: Except in parks listed in previous statement, alcoholic beverages may be carried into any park for consumption, providing that for such purpose no container of greater than two quart capacity shall be allowed without permit from the office of the Director of Parks and Recreation.
- Prohibited Acts: It shall be unlawful for a person to possess, bring, carry, scatter, dump, deposit, leave or have under their actual physical control a glass beverage container in or within a City park, except for receptacles containing milk or baby formula used and possessed for the nursing of infants and receptacles containing prescription medications used and possessed by a person for whom such prescription is prescribed or possessed by a person caring for such person for whom the prescription medicine is prescribed.
- Fires: No fire shall be set in any park except a fire for picnic purposes at grill sites designated by the Parks and Recreation Department.
- Removal of Natural or Vegetative Material: No person shall remove from any park any plant or other natural object which exists in nature.
- Snowmobiles and horses: are not allowed in any parks.
- Pets: All pets must be on a leash, in control by a person. Any feces left by a pet must be removed by the person in control of the pet.
Listed are some of the city ordinances that pertain to the parks in Owatonna. Although these are not all the regulations, they are the ones that include:
- Kaplan’s Woods Parkway
- Maple Creek Greenbelt
- Mineral Springs
- Leo Rudolph Nature Reserve
- Owatonna Soccer Complex
- Steele Country Fairgrounds Park
- West Hills
Use of tobacco Products at Owatonna Parks and Recreation Department and Owatonna Youth Athletic Association Youth events using Owatonna Parks and Recreation Department outdoor facilities.
The Owatonna Parks and Recreation Department believes that tobacco use in the proximity of children and adults engaging or watching youth sports at City of Owatonna owned or operated facilities is detrimental to their health and can be offensive to those using such facilities. Furthermore the Owatonna Parks and Recreation Department believes parents, leaders, coaches, and officials are role models for youth and can have a positive effect on the lifestyle choices they make.
Also cigarettes once consumed in public spaces are often discarded on the ground thus posing a risk to toddlers due to ingestion.
Tobacco use prohibited at outdoor youth recreation facilities owned by the City of Owatonna to include:
- Baseball/softball fields
- Football fields
- Lake Kohlmier beach
- Soccer fields
- Warsinski Outdoor skating facility
Tobacco products shall also be prohibited at the spectator areas, restrooms, and concession areas of these facilities. Appropriate signage will be posted in all these areas by the Owatonna Parks and Recreation Department.
- Effective Date: December 11, 2001
- This policy statement is effective immediately upon the date of adoption
Living with Wildlife
- Department of Nature Resources - How To 'Live With Wildlife' In Your Backyard
- Section 1075 Deer Feeding Prohibition - The City of Owatonna's Deer Feeding Ordinance (PDF)
Please contact the Owatonna Police Department at 507-451-8232 to report anyone violating this ordinance.