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Director's Message

Welcome to Owatonna Parks and Recreation Spring 2016


As I write this letter the forecast is only in the single digits, 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...to name a few...SeniorPlace Aging Mastery Program, Calendar Photo Contest, Wine Women and Golf, Parent and Child Golf, Tin Cup Night and the Caddyshack Tournament.  Look for the NEW logo to check out all of them.  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, Bark & Rec and Munchkin Market included.  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 2016 are available at the same low price of $37.41.  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…including the new Aging Mastery Program (AMP) from the National Coalition on Aging. 

Brooktree Golf Course memberships are also available now for 2016.  Check out the membership deal available now until April 1st!  The golf course and clubhouse has had many upgrades in the past year, 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 2016, especially the NEW Master’s Bar & Grille in the clubhouse.

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.  NEW…now 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!

“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 Park and Recreation Department shall provide a viable, broad-based source of recreational services and facilities serving all residents of the community. The department shall develop and maintain programs to meet the needs of all persons. The department further shall keep itself aware of the needs of the users through ongoing evaluation and assessment.

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