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Welcome to Owatonna Parks and Recreation Spring 2018

As I write this letter the forecast is cooler temps and snow is on the ground, but here at Parks & Recreation , we’re looking forward to warmer temps, green grass and sunny skies.  Spring really is right around the corner.

We’re very excited to offer our NEW programs this spring….River Springs Seasons Passes, New Brooktree Membership Options, Fling Golf at Brooktree, New Birthday Party Packages, and a New Software System for registrations.  We are also working on new programs for this summer, if you have any suggestions, let us know.

We’re also bringing back some past ‘new’ favorites, Parent/Child Golf, youth lacrosse classes, and weekly water park specials just to name a few. See dates and other details inside.

As always, we take pride in our customer service and continue to improve our communications and our registration process.  Our communication plan includes updates to our website – www.ci.owatonna.mn.us/parkrec- to make navigation easier, we have a weekly article in the Owatonna People’s Press in every weekend edition, while SeniorPlace articles appear weekly on Wednesdays.  Tune into KRFO on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings at 8:40 a.m. for our radio shows.  Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter as well!

A reminder that we have eliminated the non-resident fees through an agreement with Steele County.  All citizens within the county pay the same fee for recreation programs.  Only participants living outside Steele County pay the outside participant fee.  Please note that adult participant fees and rental fees listed are payable to the Owatonna Parks & Recreation and include sales tax, while youth programs and lessons do not charge sales tax.

SeniorPlace memberships for 2018 are available at the same low price of $37.58.  Our partnership program continues to expand with local businesses and is one of the many benefits that come with a membership.  Check out the SeniorPlace page for details for all the offerings.  “New” hours at SeniorPlace are Monday-Friday 8 am-8 pm, Saturday 9 am-4 pm, and Sunday 8 am-12 noon.  

Brooktree Golf Course memberships are also available now for 2018.  The golf course and clubhouse has had many upgrades in the past, if you haven’t golfed Brooktree recently, you must check it out, as the improvements are amazing!  See the Brooktree pages for the many NEW things in 2018.

It’s never too soon to reserve a pavilion for your special event!  Call the office and we’ll be glad to find the perfect venue for your graduation, family reunion, birthday party, company outing or any other event. We have a bounce house to rent for your event!  If you’re worried about weather, we have rentals available at the Morehouse Chalet, SeniorPlace and the Brooktree clubhouse.

We hope you are able to make time to take advantage of your parks, trails, facilities and programs during this wonderful time of the year!  We welcome your comments and suggestions.  Let us know how we are doing!

“NEW” Check out our virtual suggestion box on our website: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/prsuggestionbox

“The Benefits are Endless” as “Your Best Investment” is your 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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