About Us

Director's Message

Welcome to Owatonna Parks and Recreation Spring 2015

Snow and cold may be our reality right now, but here at Parks & Recreation, we’re looking forward to green grass and sunny skies.  Spring really is right around the corner.

We’re very excited to have had a few new programs already (Darn Near Full Moon Festival and Sledding Party), some coming up soon (Future Sports Camp) and some more in the works for 2015...look for those to be released in the summer brochure. 

We’re also bringing back NEW favorites too!  Boat & Water Safety Class is April 4th, and Bark & Rec and The Munchkin Market will both be held April 25th.  We are always looking for new and exciting ventures…if you have suggestions, please let us know.

As always, we take pride in our customer service, and two of our goals this past year have been communication and registration.

Our communication plan includes updates to our website, www.ci.owatonna.mn.us/parksrecreation, to make navigation easier.  We have a weekly article in the Owatonna People’s Press each Saturday, while the SeniorPlace article runs each Wednesday. Tune into KRFO on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:40 a.m. for our radio shows.  Be sure to like us on Facebook as well...Park & Rec, Brooktree, SeniorPlace and River Springs Water Park all have pages.

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

SeniorPlace Memberships for 2015 are available for just $37.41!  Our Partnership program has expanded to over 50 local businesses…check out the SeniorPlace page for details and participating businesses.

Brooktree Memberships for 2015 are also available!  The course has had many upgrades, as well as remodeling in the clubhouse.  See the Brooktree page for rates and course amenities.

It’s never too soon to reserve a pavilion for your special event.  Call the office and we’d be glad to find the perfect venue for your graduation, family reunion, birthday party, company outing or other event.

We hope you are able to make time to take advantage of your parks, trails, facilities and programs during this wonderful time of year!  We welcome your comments and suggestions about our facilities and programs.  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 and Recreation

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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