Parks & Recreation

Now Hiring!

The Parks and Recreation Department is now hiring for the following positions:

  • Lifeguard
  • Water Safety Instructor
  • Youth Official - Basketball

Click here for job descriptions and to apply.

Archery Deer Hunt

The archery hunt this year runs November 1 - December 20.  A $10 non-refundable application fee is payable at the time of registration.  Registration deadline is September 15, 2016 at 4 p.m.  (This is the correct deadline date, an error was made in the DNR guide.)  All applications must be signed & dropped off at the Parks & Recreation office. 

More details can be found on the application, click here to view.

Special Events:  

Park Passport - The Park Passport program is an initiative of the City of Owatonna Parks and Recreation Department to promote healthy lifestyle choices. How it works:

*Due to park conditions the white Passport signs will not be put up until Friday, September 30 and will be kept out until October 10.  Completed passports will be due to the Park & Rec Office by October 14.

-Click here to get your passport and click here for park maps.  

-Visit the parks listed and find the hidden password.  Parks will have a small sign mounted to a post along the trail with a word on the back. Yellow signs will be placed September 9-22 and then removed.  White signs, in different locations will be placed September 23-October 3.  

-Reveal the phrase!  Write the hidden password for each park in the appropriate box on your passport to see the message.

-Return your completed passport to the Park & Rec office for a chance to win one of many great prizes!  

*There's been some confusion regarding the Passport sign at Kaplan's so here's a hint: Take the first Mountain Bike Trail to the left. If you've been out looking for the sign and haven't been able to find it please call our office at 507-444-4321 and we'll give you the word.

Freestyle Competition, Saturday, October 8th 12:00 - 4:00pm - NOTE DATE CHANGE.  We'll be hosting a Skateboard Freestyle Park and BMX Freestyle Park Competition at the Skate Park at Morehouse Park.  Registration begins at 12:00pm for the Skateboard Competition and at 2:30pm for the BMX Competition.  Anyone is welcome to come watch the competitions!  Click here for flyer and more information.

Music on the Patio at Brooktree - Come to relax and enjoy the view at Brooktree Golf Course!  Music will be featured on the patio from 6:00 to 9:00pm (unless otherwise noted) on the following dates.  Click here for flyer and more information.

Saturday, October 1st - Kozy Lil' Duo

Saturday, October 8th - Becky Borneke

Movie on the Patio at Brooktree, October 14th - Relax by the fire pit on the patio at Brooktree and watch the movie Tin Cup. Pre-movie golf - 9-holes and a cart is just $15 per person. After a round of golf, kick back with your favorite beverages (on special all night!), some snacks and enjoy the movie!  The FREE movie is open to all (this is an edited version).  Click here for flyer and more information.

3rd Annual Trick or Treat Trail, October 29th, 2:00 - 4:00pm - Ghosts and Goblins of all ages grab your trick or treat bags and head out to Manthey Park for our 3rd Annual Trick or Treat Trail!  Visit local businesses along the trail for treats, games, a photo shoot, and crafts.  NEW at this year’s event include a kiddie train ride, a scavenger hunt, trunk or treating and a petting zoo!  We’ll also have not one, but two bounce houses, free hot chocolate and Papa Murphy’s Pizza will be serving pizza until 5:00pm!  Mark your calendars!  This event is sponsored by the following businesses:

-True Wealth Advisors


-Jill Hoggard Academy of Dance

-Tri M Graphics

-Perfect Day Cakes

Calendar Photo Contest:

What do you love about your Owatonna Parks and Trails?  Submit your favorite photo for your chance to win a $25 or $10 gift card and be featured in the 2017 Owatonna Parks and Recreation calendar!  Submit your photo by email to: or mail photos to: 540 West Hills Circle, Owatonna, Attn: Jessica.  Photos must be submitted by October 21, 2016 and must include Photographer’s name and phone number.  The cover photo winner will receive a $25 Owatonna Park and Rec gift card, monthly photo winners will receive a $10 gift card and all winners will receive a free calendar.  *By submitting, you agree that you have taken the photo submitted.  Submitted photos may be used at the discretion of the Owatonna Parks & Recreation, including and not limited to websites, social media outlets, print and online publications, etc.

Brooktree Golf Course

Punch cards and gift cards are still available!  All 2016 Punch Cards must be used by June 1, 2017.  For rates, click here.  

INTRODUCING...Master's Bar & Grille at Brooktree.  Executive Chef Tim Cockram and his staff will be offering a restaurant serving lunch and dinner.  Master's will feature local fresh and affordable food, a full service bar with specialty cocktails, regional taps & bottled beer, wine menu and golf outing packages. 

Fall Brochure (click on the cover below)

Browse through our Fall Brochure for information on upcoming programs and events.

Youth Registration

We are currently taking registrations for the following:

  • Learn to Skate Hockey
  • Tennis Lessons

Registrations begins September 28th for the following:

  • Youth Basketball

Register online here, in person at the Parks & Recreation office or call 507-444-4321  

2016 Youth Tennis Lessons - Registation now open!

The Fall 2016 Junior Tennis and ACE programs are now available for registration.  You can register for these programs online, at the Tennis & Fitness Center or the Parks and Recreation office.

2016 Fall Adult Tennis Leagues - Registration now open!

The Fall 2016 Adult Tennis Leagues are now open for Registration for Men's Doubles, Women's Partnerless Doubles and Mix Doubles.  There is also the Drop-In Rusty Racquets play that will take place on Wednesday evenings starting on October 5.

Park Pavilion Rentals

Pavilion Rentals are available one year in advance.  Call the Parks and Recreation office at 444-4321 or stop by our office to make a reservation. Payment is due at the time of the reservation.



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