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Jul 30

Summer Outdoor Facilities and Program Opportunities

Posted to Park and Rec Staff Blog by Jessica Abrahams

Author: Eric Anderson, Recreation Manager

Summer isn’t over yet, take advantage of your last few weeks of summer with outdoor opportunities provided by the Owatonna Parks and Recreation.

River Springs Water Park

River Springs has been open since mid-June offering many of the same programming options as in past years, with a few modifications to keep everyone safe during this uncertain time.  Now through August 16 we will continue to offer Tiny Tot swim sessions, Open Swim sessions, lap swim & lazy river water walking sessions and water aerobics classes.  From August 17-August 21 our schedule will be reduced to only offering the morning Lap Swim, Water Walking and Water Aerobics programming options.  There will also be a lifeguard training class taking place from 10am-3pm during this week.  See below for the remainder of this season’s schedule.  We recommend and encourage online or over the phone registration since we do have limited number of spaces available for all open swim or program times.  Please note: as part of our covid-19 protocols, we have closed the lily pad walk, rock wall and tube slide, as well as the lazy river for its normal open swim use; however, we do have the body slide, zero depth play features and turtle slide open.

August 1 – August 16

1.      Lap Swim/Water Walking (1/2 hour sessions)

  • Saturday & Sunday:  10:00am-12:00pm
  • Monday – Friday:  6:00am-10:00am
  • Monday – Friday:  7:00pm-8:00pm

2.      Water Aerobics

  • Monday – Friday Morning: 10:00am-10:50am and 11:00am-11:50am
  • Monday – Thursday Evening:  5:30pm-6:20pm

3.      Tiny Tots

  • Monday – Sunday:  11:00am-12:00pm

4.      Open Swim

  • Monday – Sunday
  • Session 1: 12:00pm-2:00pm
  • Session 2: 2:30pm-4:30pm
  • Session 3: 5:00pm-7:00pm

August 17 – August 21

1.       Lap Swim/Water Walking (1/2 hour sessions)

  • Monday – Friday: 6:00am – 10:00am

2.      Water Aerobics

  • Monday – Friday Morning:  10:00am-10:50am and 11:00am-11:50am

3.      Lifeguard Training class

  •  Monday – Friday 10:00am-3:00pm

Additional Waterpark Details

  1. Social Distancing Guidelines and Procedures are followed.
  2. A mask is required while in the facility lobby, to go into the restrooms/locker room areas and on the deck when social distancing is not an option.  No masks are allowed into the pool.
  3. Concessions are not being sold this season.  You are allowed to bring in your own snacks this season.
  4. No deck chairs are being provide – please bring your own chairs.

Lifeguard Training Class at River Springs (August 17-21)

Registration for the August Lifeguard class is now available.  Register online or by calling the Owatonna Parks and Recreation office.

Fee: $185

Location: River Springs Water Park

Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

Dates: August 17, August 18, August 19, August 20, August 21


  • Swim 300 yards continuously performing front crawl and breaststroke
  • Swim 20 yards, pick up 10-pound brick from 10 feet of water and return it back 20 yards using only a kick, holding the brick with 2 hands on the chest.
  • Must be 15 at the time class ends.
  • You must attend all classes to pass.
  • No refund will be issued if you do not pass.

Get your American Red Cross Lifeguard training fees reimbursed! By working as a Lifeguard for the City of Owatonna Parks and Recreation, you will get reimbursed $150 of your training fees.  Contact us for more information.

Lake Kohlmier

Lake Kohlmier is still open! Currently the hours are Thursdays and Fridays 1:00pm-7:00pm and Saturday and Sundays from 12:00pm-7:00pm.  Starting the week of August 17 through August 30, the beach house will only be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00pm-7:00pm.  The last day the beach house will be open for rentals is August 30. Equipment rental is $6.00 per hour. We have the following equipment available:

  • Single kayak
  • Double kayak
  • Canoe
  • Paddleboard
  • Tandem bike
  • Tag-a-long bike
  • Pedigo bike

West Hills Social Commons

The West Hills Social Commons is still closed until further notice – no Adult Leisure Pursuit programming is currently occurring at the facility.  We are regularly monitoring the covid-19 situation and have been developing a plan to open safely when that time comes.  During this facility closure time, since we do have the warm summer weather, some outdoor programs are being offered in a park pavilion (outdoor program examples: Bingo, Bunco and Book Club). Email Dani Bakken at for more information.

Adult Leagues - Registration Open

We are now taking registrations for Adult Bean Bag League, Fall Kickball and Softball.  Please visit the league pages for more information and to register.  

Aug 07

City Engineer Updates 8-7-2020

Posted to Public Works - Engineering Updates by Anna Schwichtenberg

City of Owatonna Engineering

Construction has begun and various projects can be seen around The City of Owatonna. Please slow down and use caution when approaching a construction zone.

We thank you for your patience as these projects are completed.

2020 Construction Projects:

Cardinal Drive SE Storm Sewer: Bixby Road has been paved, and should be open for traffic by Friday (August 7th) afternoon. The disturbed ditches and other topsoil has been seeded. The project is all but completed at this point.

CIPPS: The contractor has lined another week’s worth of sewer pipes. They are about 90% completed. Expect some repair work on Main St. between Elm Ave and Cedar Ave in the near future (probably the Week of August 10th).

18th Street SW:  Preparation for Concrete Paving began this week. Paving will begin next Thursday and Friday and is expected to be completed August 18th. Access to a temporary driveway for Kibble is located at 39th Ave & 18th St SW.

Street & Utility: Shady Avenue & Greenhaven Lane have received their 1st lifts of pavement this week. Expect the manholes to be placed just prior to the bituminous pavers to come back for the 2nd (final) paving. Cherry Street is prepped for pavement, which is scheduled for Tuesday August 11th. 

Misc. Repairs: Miscellaneous storm sewer, catch basin and pot hole repair is continuing to take place. 

Public Works
Street Department: The Street Department is busy working their way around town to fill pot holes and perform other miscellaneous street maintenance. The tree crew is working on tree trimming and addressing concerns as they are received. 

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