About Us

Director's Message

Welcome to Owatonna Parks and Recreation Winter 2016/2017

We sure had beautiful fall and its extension well into November!   As I’m writing this, Brooktree Golf Course is still open, Parks and trails are in heavy use, and the maintenance crew is comfortably working outdoors.  These near perfect temperatures get families, neighbors, friends and community members outside to exercise, play, relax, and interact with each other.  I certainly hope you have a chance to get out and enjoy your parks and programs. 

We have some popular returning programs, new and improved, and programs such as the Junior Lifeguard Class, and Winter Weekend Out!  If you ever have a suggestion for a program, please let us know. 

To give you more information and to communicate with you, we offer many options for you to receive the latest news on upcoming events and activities.  1) Check our website at http://ci.owatonna.mn.us/parksrecreation, where you’ll find everything.  2)  “Like” our Facebook pages 3) Follow us on Instagram 4) Monthly newsletters and mass e-mails (contact us and sign up for these mailings if you’re not in the list and would like to receive them. 5) School flyers sent out to all kids in grades K-6. 6) Promotional Flyers 7) News Releases.  If you have a suggestion to better our communication, let us know!

Parks and Recreation are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in a community, ensuring the health of family and 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, promote themselves as a desirable location for business to relocate, or maintain that they are environmental stewards of their natural resources, without such communities having a robust, active system of parks and recreation programs for public use and enjoyment.  Your Owatonna Parks and Recreation Department is proud of this and to the best of our ability, we will continue to provide service for the citizens of Owatonna. 

Make time to take advantage of your parks, trails, facilities and programs year-round.  

“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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