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Director's Message

Welcome to Owatonna Parks and Recreation Summer 2016


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 at having an eventful summer ahead.  Check out our NEW programs this summer!  They include the calendar photo contest, Woofstock, Lap swim and water walking at River Springs, Party in the Park, many special events at Brooktree and at SeniorPlace. Also new is Master’s Bar and Grill at Brooktree, Pavilions and Restrooms at Jaycee Park and Permanent dugouts on Diamonds 2 and 3 at the Fairgrounds Softball Complex  

Fact:  Trails ranked 2nd out of 18 in importance as a community amenity in a survey sponsored by the National Association of Realtors and Home Buyers.  Check out the many trails offered in your Parks!   

River Springs Water Park will be operating for the 8th summer.  Opening day is June 8th at 4:00pm, join us that evening to kick off the summer right!  Daily specials, Facebook specials and Special Event days are scheduled throughout the summer.  Come check out the climbing wall, body slide or tube slide, and for the little ones we have zero depth entry, and if you’d rather relax, float along the Lazy River!

July is Parks and Recreation month.  This July America will be 31 years of Parks and Recreation month and the enduring importance of Parks and Recreation for the world.  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 will continue to intensify into the future.  This July, let’s celebrate the past, present and future of Parks and Recreation.  Each July, our department strives to provide families with unique and fun opportunities for the whole family.  This year marks our 6th Annual Owatonna’s Weekend Out.  The weekend will kick off Friday night with a camp out and showing of The Good Dinosaur in Brown Park.  So mark your calendar for July 15-17, and look for more details about other Weekend Out activities coming soon!

We’re in our fifth season of Movies in the Park at Central Park.  Mark your calendars for June 17, July 15 and August 12.  Movies will start at sunset each of those nights.  Get your blankets and lawn chairs ready for a night under the stars!  We have an exciting lineup, starting with Daddy Daycare, then The Good Dinosaur, and finishing up withRio 2

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’re 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!  A few events and trips include the Membership Picnic on June 28, Spam Museum tour on July 13, and Saint Paul Saints Game on July 24.  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, just a few uses and the membership pays for itself.

And what’s summer without a few rounds of golf?  Whether you’re an occasional hacker or a Danny Willett, 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.

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 of a community.  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.  There are no communities that pride 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, 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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