Special Events

Park & Rec Month - Participate for a chance to win one of two $100 in Chamber Dollars!

July is National Parks & Recreation Month and we’re celebrating with activities & challenges. For each activity/challenge you complete you’ll be entered into a drawing for $200 in Chamber Dollars.

  • Adventure Race – July 6-31 - Teams consisting of a group of people ranging from 1 person to 5 people complete challenges and earn points. The more points you earn, the more entries you’ll earn for the $100 in Chamber Dollars. The top team will win a $25 Park & Rec gift card. Challenges and scoring can be found on the Adventure Race Information Sheet. Once you’ve completed your race, enter your team’s score here.
  • Virtual Escape Room – July 6-31 - Escape Kaplan’s Woods before Mosquito Hour! You’re about to embark on a challenge with one of the woodland creatures! You must answer questions as you make your way back through the woods going from one sign to the next. Complete the Virtual Escape Room, make your way out of Kaplan’s Woods and be entered into the drawing for the $100 in Chamber Dollars.
  • Clue – July 20-31 (NEW Dates!) - Can you solve the murder mystery? This social distancing has finally gotten to the Parks and Recreation Department staff! We are done with the evil Dr. Covid who started this pandemic. He must be punished! Are you a good enough detective to figure out which Parks and Recreation employee finally snapped? Who did it? Where did they do it? What weapon did they use? Clues will be hidden in Brown, Manthey and Mineral Springs Parks to help solve the crime. Use the Clue Guide Sheet to help solve the crime. Submit your guess and be entered to win the $100 in Chamber Dollars.
  • Movie in the Park – Friday, July 24 at Brown Park - Watch the Secret Life of Pets 2 under the stars! Movie will begin at sunset (approximately 9:00pm). Socially distanced spots will be set up for participants. Rain date is July 25. Pre-registration is required, sign up here to attend.
  • Cardboard Boat Regatta - Saturday, July 25 at River Springs Water Park - The Cardboard Boat Regatta challenges amateur boat builders – youth and adult – to design, build and navigate boats made entirely of corrugated cardboard. The crafty cardboard creations then sail (or sink!) in River Springs Water Park Activity Pool as they compete for a variety of trophies. Spectators have just as much fun cheering on the courageous crews and soaking up the sun. Registration is required, sign up to participate.

City Archery Hunt

  • Registration deadline: September 11
  • Register online (under Activities/Special Events) or at the Park & Rec Office (Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm)
  • Two seasons:
    • November 1-28
    • November 29 - December 23
  • Antlerless Deer only, Earn-a-Buck
  • All DNR regulations apply
  • Proficiency test required
  • No crossbows (being reviewed for 2021)
  • Parks included:  Cashman, Hammann, Kaplan’s Woods, Kaplan’s Woods Parkway, North Straight River Park Area, Leo Rudolph Nature Reserve, Manthey, Maple Creek Parkway, Kriesel Park and Mineral Springs (second season only)
  • $20 non-refundable application fee
  • Random draw if more than 50 hunters apply and if more than 30 hunters pass proficiency test

For more information, contact Mary Jo Knudson, 507-774-7364 or maryjo.knudson@ci.owatonna.mn.us

Park Clean Up Kits

Help us keep Owatonna’s parks beautiful!

  • Sign-up online.
  • Pick-up your bucket at the park shop.
  • Clean-up a park or trail using our pickers & garbage bags.
  • Leave the trash near a garbage can & drop-off the bucket at the park shop!