Oct 22

Fall Programs and Facilities Updates

Posted on October 22, 2020 at 2:19 PM by Jessica Abrahams

Author: Eric Anderson, Recreation Manager

West Hills Tennis Center
The Tennis Center is currently open for members only.  Memberships can be purchased online or by calling 507-444-4290.  Pre-registration for court time is required -- reservations can be made by calling 507-444-4290.  Please check the website for the facility Covid-19 Safety Plan.


Current Tennis Court Hours:

Monday-Thursday         3:00pm-9:00pm

Tuesday & Thursday     8:00am-11:00am

Friday                            3:00pm-7:00pm

Saturday                         8:00am-12:00pm

Sunday                           12:00pm-4:00pm


Water Aerobics
Water Aerobics classes are available at the Tennis & Fitness Center Pool.  Classes open for registration 2 weeks in advance.  Registration for the November 9-13 and November 16-20 classes will begin Thursday, October 29th at 7:00am.  Registration can be made online or over the phone by calling 507-774-7105.  Please check the website for the program Covid-19 Safety Plan.

Cost:

3 day class $15.00 per week

2 day class $10.00 per week


Classes Available:

MW              7:15am-8:10am (Class updated to a 2 day a week class beginning Nov 9th)

MWF           8:30am-9:25am

MWF           10:15am-11:10am

MWF           11:30am-12:25am

T/TH            7:15am-8:10am

T/TH            8:30am-9:25am

T/TH            10:15am-11:10am

T/TH            11:30am-12:25am

T/TH            4:00pm-4:55pm

M/W            4:00pm-4:55pm

T/W/TH       5:15pm-6:10pm


West Hills Social Commons
West Hills Social Commons is now open offering a variety of Adult Leisure Pursuit programs, including Bingo, Bunco, Floor Exercises, Book Club, yoga and more (please note, not all previously offered programs are currently being offered at this time due to social distancing and Covid Safety Plan guidelines).  The next newsletter will be available in November, which will include some new programs and some additional programs starting back up in November.  Please check the website for the facility Covid-19 Safety Plan.


Pre-registration is currently required for all programs.  Registration can be made over the phone by registering online, by calling 507-444-4280, or by emailing SocialCommons@ci.owatonna.mn.us.  You can also call or email with questions.


Youth Basketball Registration
Registration for 3rd-6th grade basketball will be October 22-29.  This is only being offered to students of the ISD 761 school district.  Separate boys’ and girls’ leagues are formed.  Scrimmages and games will emphasize learning and skill development. T-shirt and basketball included with the fee.  Cost is $67 (after October 29 $77) (price includes a basketball that you get to keep) with practices held at elementary schools once a week starting middle of November and games are held at Owatonna Middle School on Saturday mornings in December 12/19, January16/30, and February 6/13/20.  Parents will not be allowed in the facility for practices and games.  A complete safety plan will be e-mailed to participants.


Registration for K-2 grade basketball will begin November 19.  Watch your e-mails for more information coming later.


Virtual Costume Contest – Win an Electric Scooter!
Even though we can't all come together for a large event, we want to see your Halloween costumes!  Post a picture of your ghost or goblin in their Halloween costume on our Facebook page or email it to: parkrec@ci.owatonna.mn.us by 11/2.  The costumes will go to a vote on our Facebook page and the top 2 will receive an electric scooter!  Prizes sponsored by Harland's Tire & Auto Center.

Owatonna Business Partnership Downtown Trick or Treating
Downtown Owatonna businesses are offering Trick or Treating on Saturday, October 31st from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  Trick or treating will take place outside the businesses.  Visit the OBP Facebook page for more information.

Owatonna Dogs’ Got Talent!
Does your dog have a special talent?  Submit a short video on the Owatonna Dog Park Facebook Page, or e-mail to MaryJo.Knudson@ci.owatonna.mn.us.  A Facebook poll will determine the winner.  Prizes sponsored by Farmer’s Feed & Pet Supply.  DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 6th.


Various Programs Currently On Hold

**Lap Swim - Is currently unavailable at both the Owatonna Middle School and West Hills Tennis and Fitness Center.


**Adult Volleyball - Due to the current situation of not being able to use school district indoor facilities, the Adult Volleyball Season is on hold.  We hope in the near future to be able to have a season and will communicate it at that time.


Manthey Park Construction

Construction started at Manthey Park.  The current playground is being removed and reinstalled at Morehouse Park and we will be installing a new inclusive playground and Miracle field, along with an additional restroom building and all current amenities will be handicap accessible.  For more information about the project go to the website at www.weallplayowatonna.com.

Scholarship Fund

Due to Corky’s Earlybird softball tournament being canceled we will not be getting the usual $5,000 donation to our scholarship fund.  We would like to continue to offer programs at a discounted rate for those who qualify but we need more donations.  If you are willing to make a donation to the Parks and Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund, you can mail in a donation to 540 West Hills Circle or make a donation over the phone with a Visa or Mastercard by calling 444-4321.  Any dollar amount helps and makes a difference in the life of a child.



Oct 15

Fall and Winter Program Opportunities

Posted on October 15, 2020 at 8:42 AM by Jessica Abrahams

Author: Tim Truelson, Recreation Manager

As we wrap up many of our fall programs, we hope to be able to have some winter programs for youth and adults. Currently we are taking registrations for learn to skate, U6, and U8 hockey program that begins late October. Registration for 3rd-6th grade basketball will begin October 22.  Registration for K-2 basketball will begin November 19. As of right now, our adult volleyball program is still on hold.  We will get information out on registration, dates, cost, and other details once we are given the go.  When we can offer them, they will be structured like the below descriptions.  Our safety plans on all these sports are posted on our website.

Youth Basketball

Kindergarten-2nd grade basketball

This non-competitive program focuses on developing social skills, sportsmanship, teamwork, and motor skills in a safe environment.  T-shirt and basketball included with fee.  Registration will be November 19 - December 1.  Cost is $46.50 (after December 1 $56.50) (price includes a basketball that you get to keep) with the program taking place at McKinley School with tentative dates of December 12/19, January 16/30, and February 13/20 at various times.

3rd – 6th Grade Basketball  

Separate boys’ and girls’ leagues are formed.  Scrimmages and games will emphasize learning and skill development. T-shirt and basketball included with the fee.  Registration will be October 22 - October 29.  Cost is $67 (after October 29 $77) (price includes a basketball that you get to keep) with practices held at elementary schools once a week starting middle of November and games are held at Owatonna Middle School on Saturday mornings in December 12/19, January16/30, and February 6/13/20.

Learn to Skate Hockey/U6 Hockey/U8 Hockey

Registration is currently taking place.  Due to COVID restrictions there will be limits on number of participants this year per session.   Maximum number of participants for two sessions in Learn to Skate is 30 per session.  U6 and U8 the maximum is 44 per group.  Join us for a fun-filled winter while learning to skate and developing basic hockey skills.  The program is divided into three levels: Learn to Skate, U6 and U8 (Mites).  “Learn to Skate” is for first time skaters regardless of age.  U6 is for players born between 6/1/2013 and 5/31/2015 that already have basic skating skills.  U8 (Mites) is for players born between 6/1/2011 and 5/31/2013 that have basic skating skills.  The U8 (Mites) level will feature an in-house league with 6 to 8 teams.  Players will be divided into equally balanced teams in early to mid-November.  All games will be played on half-ice.  Full equipment is required.  We also welcome youth who were born before 6/1/2011 to join us if they are new to skating or ice hockey so they can give it a try.  This is Owatonna’s starter program that players progress through before becoming active in Owatonna Youth Hockey Association traveling hockey.  A helmet is required for everyone on the ice.  An entire bag of protective equipment is available for rent through the Owatonna Youth Hockey Association rental program for $30 per year.  Skates can be leased at Straight River Sports for an entire season for a reasonable cost. This will take place at the Four Seasons Centre with session 1 running October 27 - December 29.  Schedule and safety plan are posted on the Owatonna Park and Recreation website at www.ci.owatonna.mn.us  Cost to participate in session 1 is $75.  Program supervisor is Tony Schwichtenberg and if you have questions he can be reached at  tony.schwichtenberg@gmail.com  Session 2 registration will Start November 19 and run thru December 16.  After December 16 and additional $10 late fee will be assessed.   

Adult Volleyball

Men’s, Women’s, and Co-Rec leagues available for those 15 or older (as of October 1).  Players are not eligible if they are participating in high school or college level during the season of play.

Women’s Volleyball is offered Wednesday nights.  Games scheduled at the Washington, McKinley, Wilson, and Owatonna Middle School.  No high school or college players allowed in Gold.  No spiking in the Gold League. Men’s Volleyball is also offered Wednesday nights.  Games scheduled at Owatonna Middle School or McKinley School.  Co-Rec Volleyball is offered on Monday nights.  Games scheduled at the McKinley and Washington.  Registration deadline and fees TBD, depending on the number of weeks we can run program this season.  Player fees can now be paid on-line!  Entry Fees are non-refundable.

Park Passport

The Park Passport program is an initiative of Owatonna Parks and Recreation to promote healthy lifestyle choices.  The program encourages families and individuals to explore our parks and trails and exercise by walking the mapped trails. The program is FREE and all access to the parks is FREE!

  • Get your passport on the Park & Rec website or at the Park & Rec Office.
  • Visit the parks listed and find the hidden password.  Parks will have a small sign mounted to a post along the trail.  The signs are approximately 2’-4’ from the ground.  Each sign has a word on the back.  All signs will be up from September 23 to October 21.  
  • Reveal the phrase!  Write the hidden password for each park/trail in the appropriate box to reveal the message.  Submit your completed passport by October 26.
  • Enjoy your time in the parks!  The ten Passport Parks and Trails are Mineral Springs Park, Leo Rudolph Nature Reserve, Dartts Park, Buxton Trail, North Straight River Parkway, Kaplan’s Woods Trail, 18th Street Trail, Manthey Park, Muckle Trail and Kaplan’s Woods Parkway.  A completed passport equals 11 miles of trail walking.

Virtual Costume Contest – Win an Electric Scooter!

Even though we can't all come together for a large event, we want to see your Halloween costumes!  Post a picture of your ghost or goblin in their Halloween costume on the Owatonna Park & Rec Facebook page, or email it to: parkrec@ci.owatonna.mn.us by 11/2.  The costumes will go to a vote on our Facebook page and the top 2 will receive an electric scooter!  Prizes sponsored by Harland's Tire & Auto Center.

Please continue to stay safe and healthy this fall season!



Oct 08

Enjoying Autumn with your Owatonna Parks and Trails

Posted on October 8, 2020 at 9:59 AM by Jessica Abrahams

Author: Jessica Abrahams, Administrative Technician

While it’s always hard watching summer come to an end, I think most of us can agree fall is a great time of year.  Who doesn’t love the beautiful colors or cooler temperatures?  Fall is a great time of year to get out and explore your Owatonna parks and trails!  Here are four reasons to get out now and see what you can find, right here in Owatonna.

1) The weather!  I think this is the main reason I love fall so much.  Our family loves to spend time outdoors and fall's temperatures make it the best season to do so.  The air feels refreshing and no one’s complaining about the heat while we’re out enjoying the Owatonna parks and trails.  I’ve always enjoyed all temperatures we’re lucky to experience in Minnesota (yes, even the cold temperatures) but it is nice to not have to wear too many layers or feel sluggish because of the heat, and just enjoy some temperate weather.

2) Beautiful scenery.  Next, there’s the beautiful fall scenery and the beautiful colors of the leaves.  It always amazes me to see what beauty nature can provide all on its own.  The fall colors are just one more reason to get outdoors and visit a local park or trail; you won’t be disappointed by what you see.  

3) No more bugs.  You no longer hear the buzz of mosquitos!  Also, most of the pollen has cleared up and you won’t find many other annoying pests.  Overall, the outdoors is a more comfortable, inviting place to explore.

4) Your dog loves fall too!  Dogs across area are breathing a sigh of relief now that the temperatures are dropping.  With his/her fur coat no longer a burden, your dog is looking forward to joining you on those nature walks.  Additionally, it’s a great time of year to visit the Owatonna Dog Park to let your pooch run free and possibly make a new friend.

While many fall activities and events aren’t the same as in years past, we’ve got a variety of ways to keep you active, engaged and to have fun this fall.  Check out what we’re offering this autumn season.

Virtual Costume Contest
Post a picture of your ghost or goblin in their Halloween costume on our Facebook page or email it to: parkrec@ci.owatonna.mn.us by 11/2. The costumes will go to a vote and the top 2 will receive an electric scooter!  Prizes donated by Harland’s Tire & Auto Center.

Park Passport
The Park Passport program is an initiative of Owatonna Parks and Recreation to promote healthy lifestyle choices.  The program encourages families and individuals to explore our parks and trails and exercise by walking the mapped trails. The program is FREE and all access to the parks is FREE!

  • Get your passport on the Park & Rec website or at the Park & Rec Office.
  • Visit the parks listed and find the hidden password.  Parks will have a small sign mounted to a post along the trail.  The signs are approximately 2’-4’ from the ground.  Each sign has a word on the back.  All signs will be up from September 23 to October 21.  
  • Reveal the phrase!  Write the hidden password for each park/trail in the appropriate box to reveal the message.  Submit your completed passport by October 26.
  • Enjoy your time in the parks!  The ten Passport Parks and Trails are Mineral Springs Park, Leo Rudolph Nature Reserve, Dartts Park, Buxton Trail, North Straight River Parkway, Kaplan’s Woods Trail, 18th Street Trail, Manthey Park, Muckle Trail and Kaplan’s Woods Parkway.  A completed passport equals 11 miles of trail walking.

Dog’s Got Talent
Does your dog have talent?  Show us!  Submit a video by October 26th, either by Facebook messenger to Owatonna Dog Park or by email to: MaryJo.Knudson@ci.owatonna.mn.us.  Winner determined by Facebook popular vote.  Check out Owatonna Dog Park's Facebook page for more details.  Prizes sponsored by Farmer's Feed & Pet Supply.

Park Clean Up Kits
Help us keep Owatonna’s parks beautiful!
  • Sign up online on the Park & Rec website.
  • Pick-up your bucket of supplies at the park shop.
  • Clean-up a park or trail using our pickers & garbage bags.
  • Leave the trash near a garbage can & drop-off the bucket at the park shop!

Brooktree Golf Course
It’s a great time of year to get a round of golf in and Brooktree is offering fall rates.  Visit their website or call 5007-444-2467 for more information.

West Hills Social Commons
West Hills Social Commons recently re-opened!  Current hours: Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00am-4:00pm. We are offering a limited amount of programming for our Adult Leisure Pursuits members. Please check the website, Facebook page and the newsletter. If you have any questions, please call Dani Bakken at 507-774-7110.  

West Hills Tennis Center Hours  
The Tennis Center at West Hills recently re-opened!  Current hours: Monday-Thursday: 3:00pm-9:00pm; Tuesday/Thursday: 8:00am-11:00am; Friday: 3:00-7:00pm; Saturday: 8:00am-12:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-4:00pm.  For information call the Tennis Center at 507-444-4290.

Stay Connected

We offer a variety of ways for you to stay updated and connected. 

  • Follow us on Facebook on the following pages:
    • Owatonna Parks and Recreation
    • West Hills Social Commons
    • River Springs Water Park
    • West Hills Tennis and Fitness Center
    • Owatonna Dog Park
  • Visit our website: www.ci.owatonna.mn.us/parksrecreation