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May 13

River Springs Water Park Updates

Posted to Park and Rec Staff Blog by Jessica Abrahams

Author: Dani Licht, Recreation Supervisor

River Springs Water Park will open Friday June 4th at 4pm for our 2021 season! Opening Day we will be offering a school’s out admission special of only $4.00.   It’s looking like it’s going to be a HOT Summer and we have a lot in store for you this year. We are excited for everyone to come spend some time with us for this year! River Springs features a Lazy River, Climbing Wall, Body Slide, Tube Slide, Zero Depth Pool Area, Activity Pool, Lily Pad Walk and a large concessions area with various snacks and beverages to choose from. River Springs is open 7 days a week from 12:00-7:00pm for open swim but we offer various other programs including Water Walking, Laps Swim, Water Aerobics and Tiny Tot Time. We are located at 3065 St. Paul Road on the north side of Owatonna, just off of 26th Street. You can find out more information by checking out the Parks and Recreation website @, becoming a Fan of the River Springs Water Park Facebook page or by calling us at 507-774-7370. We look forward to spending the summer with you!

River Springs Water Park – Family Season Passes
Family season passes can be purchased at the Parks and Recreation office as well as at River Springs during the Water Park season. An ID card will be issued to you for unlimited access to Lap Swim, Water Walking, AM and PM Water Aerobics, Tiny Tot Time and open swim hours.

Family Season Pass: Includes 3 people $180.00 ($20.00 for each additional person)

Family Season Pass Requirements

  • A household consisting of up to 2 adults (parents or legal guardians only) and their dependent children.
  • Family members must all live in the same household
  • Only those individuals in the immediate family can be included on the family season pass.
  • Dependents include children 22 years old and under if, they are a full time student in college; otherwise, an individual season pass is required. (College ID will be needed for proof of enrollment)

River Springs Water Park – Programs
Check out some of the programs offered at River Springs this summer.  For more information, visit the Parks and Recreation website or call the River Springs at 507-774-7370.

  • Group and private Swimming Lesson classes are offered all summer, registration opens Monday, May 17th at 7:00am.
  • Water Aerobics classes:
    • Monday – Friday 10:00am and 11:00am
    • Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-6:30pm  
  • Tiny Tot Program: Monday – Sunday from 11am-12pm
  • Water Walk: Monday – Friday from 6-10am and 7:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11am-12pm
  • Lap Swim: Monday – Friday from 6-10am and 7:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11am-12pm
  • Log Rolling Sponsored by “Wottreng Family Dental and Dufresne, Wayne and Associates Monday-Friday 7:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday 11am-12pm

River Springs Water Park – Specials and Events
Every weekday, Monday through Thursday, a daily special is offered.  Here’s what you have to look forward to each week

  • Monday: Grandparents Day.  Grandparents get into River Springs for free with a paid grandchild at normal facility rates (one grandparent per grandchild).
  • Tuesday: Twilight Day.  Admission into River Springs is the Twilight Rate all day.
  • Wednesday: Family Day. All day families get into River Springs for $4.50 per individual or $13.50 per family of up to 6 people ($2.25 charge for each addition person over the 6 people)
  • Friday: Facebook Friday. Check out our Facebook Page every Friday where we will post a new special each week!  

Every Sunday a different Special or Event is schedule to take place at River Springs.  Here’s what is in store for June…

  • June 6: School’s Out Special- All day cost is $4.50 per person.
  • June 13: Family Day Special- All day cost is $4.50 per person or $21 per family up to 6 people, each additional family member is $3.50.
  • June 20: Father’s Day Special.  Dads get into River Springs for free with a paid child at the normal facility rate.
  • June 27: Ducky Dash.  On June 24th, anyone that enters the water park will receive a duck. 
    The Duck’s will race down the Water Slide around the Lazy River and to the finish line with the first ducks arriving winning prizes. 
  • Visit the Parks and Recreation website ( for the complete list of Sunday Specials, Events and all other activities taking place at River Springs this summer.

River Springs Water Park – Groups and Birthday Parties outings
Do you have a large group outing, company picnic or birthday party coming up?  Don’t forget, River Springs offers discount admission rates to large groups and company picnics who pre-register 2 weeks or more in advance and we also have birthday party packages to fit the needs of any size of party.  Reserve your event today by calling River Springs Water Park.

Swimming Lesson/ Tennis Registration
June Swimming Lesson and Tennis Lesson Registration Open’s Monday, May 17th at 7:00am. Register online or over the phone by calling 507-444-4321

Summer Weekend Out
Mark your calendars for July 23-25 for our annual Weekend Out!  We'll offer a variety of activities including a Movie in the Park, Kids Fun Run, Adult Backyard Games Tournament and more!  Check back for details on events and activities.

Lake Kohlmier
Lake Kohlmier will be opening on May 29!
Thursday-Friday 1:00pm-7:00pm
Saturday-Sunday 12:00pm-7:00pm

May 07

Engineering Updates 5/7/2021

Posted to Public Works - Engineering Updates by Anna Schwichtenberg

City of Owatonna Engineering

Construction has begun and various projects can be seen around The City of Owatonna. Please slow down and use caution when approaching a construction zone.

We thank you for your patience as these projects are completed.

2021 Construction Projects:
2021 Project Location Map

2021 Truman Avenue Project Phase 1 (Main Street to Phelps Street): 
Items of work completed this week include: removal of an existing sanitary sewer manhole, removal of existing storm & sanitary sewer pipe, removal of existing pavement from Main St. to Academy St., common excavation for underground sanitary & storm sewer work, installation of proposed sanitary sewer service connection, installation of proposed sanitary sewer main, and installation of proposed sanitary sewer manhole structure at Main St. & Truman Ave

Items for the week of 5/10 will look similar to last week's activity including: removal of existing sanitary/storm sewer pipe, common excavation for sanitary and storm sewer work, installation of sanitary sewer main, service connections and manhole structures. 

Temporary ramps are in place where existing pavement has been removed at these sideroads to allow access across Truman Ave., but drivers are encouraged to take alternative routes if possible to avoid construction activities on the project site.  All other sideroads at Truman Ave. along the project are fully accessible for traffic & pedestrians.  For residents needing to access the cul-de-sac at the East end of Academy Street, a temporary access lane is in place at the East end of the cul-de-sac connecting to Main St.    

2021 Bridge Street: Bituminous pavement was removed at the beginning of the week. Subgrade excavation began May 5th. Stormsewer work is expected to begin the week of May 10th. A Detour Map is available here

2021 N Cedar Streetscape: The downtown streetscape project is moving into final plan development stage. The project is currently advertising for bids, due May 26th and is expected to be awarded by City Council in early June.  A video of the Streetscape Improvements Visualization is available on the project webpage.

26th Street & State Ave Roundabout: Steele County and the City of Owatonna will be constructing a roundabout at the intersection of 26th Street (County Highway 34) and State Avenue (County Highway 45).A Virtual Open House will be held until May 9th.
  • Washington County Roundabout U is a website created to provide guidance and information on a variety of topics related to the use and design of roundabouts. It also offers instructions for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.
  • Roundabout Resource: The Local Road Research Board publishes a wide range of transportation-related educational materials. The roundabout videos found on their website may be useful for those with questions regarding the use and reasoning for these traffic control measures. 
Public Works
Street Department: Pot hole repairs continue around town. The tree crew is preparing to plant boulevard trees. 

WWTP: When you experience slow drains or sewer back-up, it is important to call the Wastewater Treatment Facility (507-444-2452) in addition to calling your plumber. We will inspect the City sewer main and determine if the blockage is in the mainline or the private service line. 

To sign up for various department notifications, use the Notify Me feature on The City of Owatonna Website.

To submit a Public Works Maintenance Request, please call 507-444-4350 or fill out  an Online Public Works Maintenance Request Form.

May 13

West Hills Social Commons Happenings

Posted to West Hills Social Commons Blog by Jessica Abrahams

West Hills Social Commons
West Hills Social Commons is now open! Our hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm. Below you will find the schedule for the next week.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Monday- May 17

Wednesday- May 19

Friday- May 21

8:30- Sewing

9:00- Weight Training

1:00-Book Club

1:30- Bunco

9:00- Weight Training

11:00- Spring Craft

1:00- Billiards

1:30- Players Choice Dice Game

9:00- Weight Training

11:00- Yahtzee


1:30- Bingo

Book Club– Third Monday of the Month at 1:00pm
Calling all avid readers! Adult Leisure Pursuits has a book club! Join the Book Worms at West Hills Social Commons to discuss the monthly books.

  • May 15- Tamarack County– William Kent Krueger
  • June 21– The Icecutter’s Daughter– Tracie Peterson
  • July 19– The Secret of Pembooke Park– Julia Klassen
  • August 16– The Book of Lost Friends– Lisa Wingate
  • September 20– This Tender Land– Will Kent Krueger
  • October 18– Where the Crawdads Sing– Delia Owens
  • November 15– The Winter Sister– Megan Collins
  • December 20– Skipping Christmas– John Grisham               

AARP Safe Driving Class
AARP Safe Driving Classes are cancelled through September 1, 2021.   AARP classes can be taken online at Use the code Drivingskills for a discount.

Dawnlight Senior Bowling Highlights

   Monday, May 3:

   High Series Over Average: 

       Dee Schroeder 427 ( 100)

    Pins Over Average:

       Game 1:  Dennis Branstad 226 ( 53); Reuben Ebeling 196 ( 46);

                       Dee Schroeder 150 ( 41); Jerry Drevlow 237 ( 37)

       Game 2:  Judy Drevlow 192 ( 33)

       Game 3:  Dee Schroeder 163 ( 54); Marty Speikers 215 ( 33);

                       Judy Johnson 164 ( 31)

     Split Conversions:  Arlene Gleason: 5-10, 4-5, 3-9-10;

                       Marty Speikers 3-6-7 & 4-5 twice;  Sharon Hassing 3-10;

                       Judy Johnson 2-4-7-10; Willie Peterson 3-6-7 & 3-10;

                       Reuben Ebeling 9-10 & 3-10

  Friday, May 7:

    Fifth Frame Strike Jackpot:  Mike Dettmer

    Pins Over Average:

       Game 1:  Marty Speikers 192 ( 10)

       Game 2:  Rod Fletcher 215 ( 21)

       Game 3:  Sharon Hassing 173 ( 45); Jerry Drevlow 234 ( 34)

       Series Over Average:  Sharon Hassing 419 ( 35)

    Split Conversions:  Willie Peterson 3-7-10; Mike Dettmer 6-7 & 3-10