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Director's Message

Welcome to Owatonna Parks and Recreation Summer 2018

The grass is always greener…on the other side of winter!  Now that people have been able to shake off some of those winter cobwebs, we can look forward to an eventful summer ahead.

Look inside for NEW programs!  Including a junior size course with forward tees at Brooktree Golf Course, the new North Straight River Parkway trail, a new play feature and family memberships at River Springs Water Park, upgrades and redevelopment of the Sid Kinyon Tennis courts, and new activities at our Annual Weekend Out.

Also, see returning popular programs that were new in 2017: Calendar Photo Contest, Woofstock, Rockin’ Around Owatonna, Rec on the Go, and many special events at Brooktree and at SeniorPlace. 

Today more than 40 million people play softball each summer.  Come to Corky’s Earlybird May 3-6 to see nearly 3000 of these players.  Also Friday night at 7 pm on Field #1 – watch the #1 and #2 in the US battle it out! 

River Springs Water Park opens for its 10th summer!  Opening day is June 1 at 4:00pm, come out that evening to kick off the summer right!  Look for daily specials, Facebook specials and special event days throughout the summer.  Check out the climbing wall, body slide and tube slide; for the little ones we have zero depth entry, and a NEW play feature, or if just relaxing is more your style, float along the Lazy River!  Also, look for the 10th Anniversary Specials this summer!

July is Parks and Recreation month.  This July, America celebrates 33 years of Parks and Recreation month, and the enduring, worldwide importance of Parks and Recreation.  From the start, parks were created to serve the people and to give them a place to appreciate nature, exercise, socialize and have FUN.  This mission lives on and continues to intensify.  This July, let’s celebrate the past, present and future of Parks and Recreation.  Each year, our department provides families with unique and fun opportunities for all ages.  This year marks our 8th Annual Owatonna’s Weekend Out.  The weekend kicks off Friday with a Kids Day Special at Brooktree and a Movie in the Park at Brown Park!  So mark your calendar for July 13-15, and look for details about other Weekend Out activities on our website and Facebook page!

We are in our seventh season of Movies in the Park.  Get your blankets and lawn chairs ready for a night under the stars…June 22 and July 13.  We have an exciting lineup, starting with Wonder in June at Central Park, then Leap in July at Brown Park!

Every summer opportunities abound at our local parks!  Our department is especially proud of the high quality parks and trails we have in our community.  Whether you are looking to bring a child to the playground, play some tennis, pitch some horseshoes, have a picnic, take a walk or just relax, we have the park for you. 

SeniorPlace is growing!  We’re working hard to offer programming for seniors and Boomers!  New trips include a MN Arboretum trip and a trip to Day Trippers Theater to watch their production of Drinking Habits.

The Silver Streaks softball is back and gearing up for another season.  And talk about Bang for your Buck…along with your SeniorPlace membership (only $37.58 per person!), you’re part of a business partnership program with many local businesses participating!  Just show your card and in most cases, receive a discount, and in just a few uses and the membership pays for itself.

What’s summer without a few rounds of golf?  Whether you’re an occasional hacker or an avid golfer, you’re sure to enjoy Brooktree.  The 18-hole course provides plenty of challenging holes, scenic views and a great 19th hole at Masters Bar and Grill!  Come and see what’s new and improved at Brooktree! More Brooktree information and many new golf specials are listed later in this brochure.  It’s a great destination to play, relax and enjoy.

Parks and Recreation are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in a community, ensuring the health of family, youth, and contributing to the economic and environmental well-being.  Research has clearly shown that Parks and Recreation helps reduce obesity, depression, and crime, all while building stewardship, cultural diversity, economic development, alternative transportation and academic success.  No community prides themselves on their “quality of life” without such communities having a robust, active system of parks and recreation programs for their pubic use and enjoyment. 

Don’t miss any of our summer activities…stay connected…like our Facebook pages (Owatonna Parks & Recreation, Owatonna SeniorPlace, River Springs Water Park, Owatonna Dog Park, and Brooktree Golf Course), and bookmark our website – www.ci.owatonna.mn.us/parksrecreation

We look forward to seeing you out and about in YOUR Parks this summer, as the “Benefits are Endless” in your “Best Investment,” The Owatonna Parks and Recreation Department!

 

James “Corky” Ebeling

Retired Director of Parks, Recreation and Government Buildings

 

Owatonna Parks & Recreation Mission Statement

The City of Owatonna Parks and Recreation Department provides a diverse system of green spaces, trails, facilities, programs and services to enhance the quality of life for the community.   

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