Parks & Recreation

Now Hiring!

The Parks and Recreation Department is now hiring for the following positions:

  • Lifeguard
  • Water Safety Instructor
  • Youth Program Supervisor - Hockey
  • Guest Services Lead
  • Football Youth Official

Click here for job descriptions and to apply.


Mosquito Spraying:

The City of Owatonna Parks and Recreation Department will begin spraying for mosquitoes on Thursday evening June 30 (weather permitting). Spraying will begin around the wooded areas and then will continue through the entire city limits.

Special Events:  

Movies in the Park - This summer we have three family-friendly movies planned. The movies will begin at sunset (between 7:30pm and 9:00pm depending on the day). Details for each movie will be posted as the dates near.  Movies are free and concessions are available! Click here for flyer.

July 15  –The Good Dinosaur at Brown Park, click here for flyer

August 12 (rain date August 13) –  Rio 2 at Central Park

July is National Parks and Recreation Month! See below for fun-filled activites and a chance to win a GoPro!

Social Media Photo Contest - Month of July -

1. Take a photo at one of Owatonna’s parks, trails or facilities (such as River Springs Water Park or Brooktree Golf Course) during the month of July.
2. Post to either your page or our Facebook page or on Instagram and use the #goplayowatonna. Contestants must “like” the Owatonna Parks and Recreation Facebook page to be eligible to win.
3. Random winners will be chosen early August.

Prizes include:
A GoPro Hero
Free Bounce House Rental
5 Buy One, Get One Passes to River Springs Water Park
A Round of Golf at Brooktree Golf Course

    6th Annual Weekend Out - July 15, 16, & 17 - We have a weekend filled with fun for the whole family!  Click here for flyer, see below for each day's activities.

    Friday Activities:

    -Camp Out & Movie in the Park: Join us at Brown Park for an exciting night under the stars! Camping set-up will begin at 5:00pm, followed by a variety of activities for the whole family including a bonfire, s'mores, yard games and bounce house!  Campers must pre-register through the Park & Rec office (camping is FREE!).  Campers will receive their own designated camp spot (pop-up tents and small grills only). Papa Murphy’s Pizza will be offering pizza by the slice Friday night and a FREE breakfast will be served in the pavilion Saturday   morning. All campers must be out of the park by 9:00am.  For those of you just interested in the movie, grab your blanket or lawn chair and head out to the park. Movie will begin at sunset. Movie will not be made up if cancelled due to weather. Click here for flyer.

    Saturday Activities:

    -Kaplan Woods Mountain Bike Trail Riding, 9:00am to 12:00pm: Try something new as we partner with Straight River Sports for a Fat Tire Bike Demo on the Kaplan Woods Mountain Bike Trail.  Straight River will have Fat Tire bikes on hand, but you are welcome to bring your own mountain bike.  FREE activity!

    -Morehouse Bike/Skate Park, 1:00pm to 3:00pm: Head to the Skate Park for a fun afternoon!  Check back for more information on this event.

    -Family Concert at Central Park, 6:00pm to 8:00pm: Stop on down to Central Park for an ice cream social provided by Culver's, play some backyard games and listen to some family-friendly music.

    Sunday Activities:

    -Junior Scramble at Brooktree Golf Course, 9:00am start: Shotgun start, 2 person scramble.  $25 per entry includes 9 holes of golf, hotdog, chips, bottle of pop and a chance to win prizes.  Brooktree junior member rate is $15 per person.  Age groups: 10-12 or 13-15.  Deadline to register is July 8th.

    -Caddyshack Tournament at Brooktree Golf Course, 1:00pm start: Shotgun start, 3 person scramble.  We'll play three different team holes, $30 per person, $20 Brooktree member rate.  This tournament is TOTALLY for FUN!  It's recommended participants are at least 21 years of age.  We'll have costume contests, find the gopher, and more!  Entry fee includes 9 holes of golf, prizes and h'ors devours following the tournament.  Deadline to register is July 8th.

    Calendar Photo Contest:

    What do you love about your Owatonna Parks and Trails?  Submit your favorite photo for your chance to win a $25 or $10 gift card and be featured in the 2017 Owatonna Parks and Recreation calendar!  Submit your photo by email to: or mail photos to: 540 West Hills Circle, Owatonna, Attn: Jessica.  Photos must be submitted by November 18, 2016 and must include Photographer’s name and phone number.  The cover photo winner will receive a $25 Owatonna Park and Rec gift card, monthly photo winners will receive a $10 gift card and all winners will receive a free calendar.  *By submitting, you agree that you have taken the photo submitted.  Submitted photos may be used at the discretion of the Owatonna Parks & Recreation, including and not limited to websites, social media outlets, print and online publications, etc.

    Brooktree Golf Course

    2016 Memberships, punch cards and gift cards are now available.  Call or stop in to the Parks and Recreation office to purchase.  For rates, click here.  

    INTRODUCING...Master's Bar & Grille at Brooktree.  Executive Chef Tim Cockram and his staff will be offering a restaurant serving lunch and dinner.  Master's will feature local fresh and affordable food, a full service bar with specialty cocktails, regional taps & bottled beer, wine menu and golf outing packages.  Opening April 11th! 

    Summer Brochure (click on the cover below)

    Browse through our Summer Brochure for information on upcoming programs and events.

    Youth Registration

    We are currently taking registrations for the following:

    • Summer Swimming Lessons
    • Junior Golf
    • Summer Camps

    Register online here, in person at the Parks & Recreation office or call 507-444-4321  

    Adult Registration

    We are currently taking registrations for the following:

    Park Pavilion Rentals

    Pavilion Rentals are available one year in advance.  Call the Parks and Recreation office at 444-4321 or stop by our office to make a reservation. Payment is due at the time of the reservation.




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