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Posted to Park and Rec Staff Blog by Jessica Abrahams
Author: Mary Jo Knudson, Administrative Specialist
A little over a year ago people began swarming to the parks and trails as an outlet to enjoy being outside and seeing something other than the same four walls. Parks and trails have always been popular in Owatonna, but 2020 saw record numbers. About a year ago, we tried something new…offering individuals and families an opportunity to take a Park Clean Up Kit for a week. The Clean-Up Kit was very popular, and most kits were checked out every week. We were thrilled at the turnout and how passionate our residents were about helping keep our parks clean! Thank you to everyone who participated in our first year!
It is that time again, and our Park Clean-Up Kits are still available to check out. Register on our website, pick up supplies at the Park Shop on Wednesday and return the kits the following Tuesday.
New this year, is the opportunity to take pride and ownership in Owatonna’s beautiful parks by adopting a park or trail. Volunteering for Adopt-A-Park is a chance to assist the Parks Department to maintain a clean, beautiful area and communicate any issues associated with a specific park, trail or open space. Anyone can participate – church groups, organizations, businesses, school clubs, families or individuals. Volunteers are asked for a once monthly commitment April through October. Volunteers are responsible for cleaning their site of trash, debris and downed tree limbs. The City provides safety vests, trash bags, buckets and pickers to volunteers. We also coordinate pickup of trash, debris and limbs. A waiver is required.
Volunteers may undertake beautification efforts in the adopted area upon approval by the Park Director. If a project is approved, the parks department provides the materials required. Volunteers are also asked to help spread the word of Pack-in, Pack-out and leave no trace! Encourage others to take with them whatever they brought into the park and dispose of properly.
Volunteers are recognized on signs at the entrance of the adopted park as well as on the city website and social media. Parks can be adopted (to begin with) for one or two years. Those adopting parks now, will have the first opportunity to continue with their chosen location.
The City has 38 locations to choose from in all sections of town. Our current adopters & adoptees include: Brown Park – Greg & Martha Lutz, Steve & Barb Spencer; Buecksler Park – The Vincelli Family; Dartt’s Park – The Wavrin Family; Hammann Park – The Izaak Walton League; Jaycee Park – Pack 354 & Troop 253 BSA; Kaplan’s Woods Park & Trails – Margaret Michaletz & LaVonne Trotter; Manthey Park – Owatonna Rotary Club; Mineral Springs Park – Owatonna Middle School Student Council; Morehouse Park – Judy Srsen; Walter H. Gainey Park – Greg & Martha Lutz, Steve & Barb Spencer; Lake Kohlmier Area Trails – Greg Posch; 18th Street Trail – Greg Posch; Rose Street Parking #3 Rain Garden – Hair Studio One; and a park TBD – Owatonna Public Utilities Employees’ Club. Thank you volunteers, you definitely love your parks!
Many locations are still available! Choose from any of the following: Archery Park, Central Park, Countryview Park area, Crocus Park, Daikin Soccer Complex, Fairgrounds Park, Fremont Park, Lake Chase, Lake Kohlmier, Leo Rudolph Nature Reserve, Maple Creek, North Bluff Park, Owatonna Soccer Complex at Lincoln, River Springs Water Park area, Sid Kinyon Courts, Summer Park, West Hills, Willow Park, 26th Street Trail, Cashman Park Trails, North Straight River Parkway, Mineral Springs Area Trails, Buxton Trail, or the Muckle Trail.
Contact Mary Jo Knudson 507-774-7364, email@example.com or Jesse Wilker 507-774-7086, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to adopt your park!
If you haven’t already played a round, Brooktree Golf Course is in fine shape! Summer specials include Senior Monday special $30 – 18 holes/cart or $20 – 9 holes/cart. And on Wednesdays, enjoy an 18-hole round of golf for just $32 with a cart and a burger and fries after your round. The specials are until 2 p.m. and do not include league players. The clubhouse opens at 7 a.m. daily, so grab your clubs and head to the links!
Posted to Public Works - Engineering Updates by Anna Schwichtenberg
of work planned for next week in Phase 1 of the project include: subgrade
preparation, test rolling, and aggregate base.
Posted to West Hills Social Commons Blog by Jessica Abrahams
West Hills Social Commons
West Hills Social Commons is now open! Our hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm. Below you will find the schedule for the next week.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Monday- May 17
Wednesday- May 19
Friday- May 21
9:00- Weight Training
11:00- Spring Craft
1:30- Players Choice Dice Game
Book Club– Third Monday of the Month at 1:00pm
Calling all avid readers! Adult Leisure Pursuits has a book club! Join the Book Worms at West Hills Social Commons to discuss the monthly books.
AARP Safe Driving Class
AARP Safe Driving Classes are cancelled through September 1, 2021. AARP classes can be taken online at https://www.aarpdriversafety.org. Use the code Drivingskills for a discount.
Dawnlight Senior Bowling Highlights
Monday, May 3:
High Series Over Average:
Dee Schroeder 427 ( 100)
Pins Over Average:
Game 1: Dennis Branstad 226 ( 53); Reuben Ebeling 196 ( 46);
Dee Schroeder 150 ( 41); Jerry Drevlow 237 ( 37)
Game 2: Judy Drevlow 192 ( 33)
Game 3: Dee Schroeder 163 ( 54); Marty Speikers 215 ( 33);
Judy Johnson 164 ( 31)
Split Conversions: Arlene Gleason: 5-10, 4-5, 3-9-10;
Marty Speikers 3-6-7 & 4-5 twice; Sharon Hassing 3-10;
Judy Johnson 2-4-7-10; Willie Peterson 3-6-7 & 3-10;
Reuben Ebeling 9-10 & 3-10
Friday, May 7:
Fifth Frame Strike Jackpot: Mike Dettmer
Game 1: Marty Speikers 192 ( 10)
Game 2: Rod Fletcher 215 ( 21)
Game 3: Sharon Hassing 173 ( 45); Jerry Drevlow 234 ( 34)
Series Over Average: Sharon Hassing 419 ( 35)
Split Conversions: Willie Peterson 3-7-10; Mike Dettmer 6-7 & 3-10