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Director's Message

Welcome to Owatonna Parks and Recreation Fall 2015

 

It’s hard to begin thinking about Fall when Minnesota is now having the best weather of the year.  But “I Love Fall!” Right now Owatonna truly exemplifies the tagline “The City of Friendliness and Beautiful Parks”….these MN perfect temperatures get neighbors, friends, family, and community members outside to exercise, play, and interact with each other.  Have you visited our parks lately? The maintenance crew has put in a lot of work and have them in beautiful shape.  It won’t be long and the Fall colors will start to appear.  I certainly hope you take the time to get out and enjoy your parks and the beautiful scenery they all have to offer.  Talking about scenery….the Fall is a perfect time to grab your camera for some amazing photos with all the amazing colors.  Whether you enjoy snapping away at historic sites, landmarks, wildlife, scenery, or family and pets enjoying the parks; there are plenty of opportunities around town!

This brochure has us looking ahead to some very popular returning programs, some new & improved, and some “new” programs.  Be sure to take a look at senior place programming.  They are finding some amazing ways to have “new” intergenerational programs…we hope you give them a try!  Speaking about popular….the Trick or Treat Trail last year had an overwhelming attendance, so we’ve improved it!  This year it will be held on Saturday, October 31 from 2-4 pm at Mineral Springs Park.  Check out the details inside.  Staff is working to come up with “new” exciting, family friendly activities!  If you have any suggestions, please feel free to let us know.  Stasis quo is not what you should expect for our staff members and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Boards. 

Another great Fall activity would be to take in some golf at Brooktree Golf Course, as we have many specials in the Fall.  Golfer or not, be sure to check out the “Clubhouse Patio” at Brooktree.  You can enjoy the fire pit while you enjoy the “Famous Burger and Fresh Cut Fries” with your favorite beverage!  Watch for a “Patio Party” we will be having in September.  A NEW community event "Brooktree Fall Shindig" featuring music by Jake Jones on the patio from 7:30 - 9:30pm.  Golfer?  We will have great specials!  Hungry?  Taco bar, pizza speicals, half price appetizers!  Biker?  The Wednesday night Wobblers Group will be meeting at Brooktree this evening!  Thursty?  Beverage specials all night!  Come enjoy the 1st day of Fall, Wednesday, September 23 at Brooktree!

Another "NEW" feature this year, will be extended hours at the River Springs Water Park.  The water park has extended its hours of operation from August 24 to September 7 (Labor Day)!  If weather and staffing permits the park will be open 12 Noon to 4:30pm!

We hope that you are finding ease in registering for our programs by suing our online registration with Max Solutions.  This has been a huge success with over 70% now registering on-line.  Max also has allowed us to keep in touch better with our customers through e-mails and focus on customers with certain interests. 

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our new and improved website at http://ci.owatonna.mn.us/parksrecreationfor all the information you’ll need.  Also check out and “Like” our Facebook pages:  Owatonna Parks and Recreation, Owatonna SeniorPlace, Brooktree Golf Course, River Springs Water Park and the Owatonna Dog Park, for the latest information and specials.

Make sure to take advantage of your Parks and Recreation Programs, Parks, Trails, and Facilities this wonderful time of year!

“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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