View All Posts

Aug 13

Park Clean-up Kits and Deer Hunt Registration

Posted on August 13, 2020 at 10:01 AM by Jessica Abrahams

Author: Mary Jo Knudson, Recreation Supervisor

Help keep Owatonna’s parks beautiful!  Register online through Max Solutions on our website or call the office to reserve your kit.  Register for the date you wish to pick up the kit.  Each kit contains a bucket, garbage picker and garbage bags.  Kits may be picked up on Wednesdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. outside of the Park Maintenance Shop. Located at 1140 Industrial Road. 

Garbage bags may be left at each location near a garbage can and our crew will pick them up.  Kits need to be returned to the same location by 3 p.m. the following Tuesday after pick-up so we may reload them for the next person. 

We are also encouraging our park system users to Pack In, Pack Out.  This philosophy is used in many park systems nationwide.  We know parks do not produce waste on their own, users produce waste in the parks and together we can make positive changes to keep our parks clean for everyone and ultimately help our environment.  Pack In, Pack Out asks all users to take with them whatever they brought into the park.  And pet owners please remember there is no poop fairy, but there are 36 stocked pet waste stations for you to clean up after your furry family members.

Archery Hunt Registration is now available.  The city archery hunt deadline is Friday, September 11th at 4 p.m.  Cost is $20.  Register at the Parks & Recreation office, or online.  All hunters must be at least 18 years of age and have a Minnesota DNR hunting license.  Dates of the hunt are November 1-28 and November 29-December 23.

All applicants must pass a proficiency test using the same equipment with which they will be hunting.  Tests dates are September 26th or October 3rd.  Two sets of 15 permits will be randomly awarded October 8th from the pool passing the test.  After the drawing, hunters will be called in the order they were drawn to choose their location.

Only antlerless deer may be harvested, but hunters may Earn-A-Buck.  Bag limit is 5 deer per hunter.  Parks available are: Cashman, Hammann, Kaplan’s Woods, Kaplan’s Woods Parkway, North Straight River Parkway, Leo Rudolph Nature Reserve, Manthey Park, Maple Creek Parkway and Kriesel Park.  Mineral Springs Park is available for the second half only. 

For a full application or to register, go to the Parks & Recreation website.  Any questions, please contact Mary Jo Knudson at 507-774-7364 or

Brooktree August special.  Mondays in August, any time, get 18-hole green fees and half a cart for $30.  Call 444-2467 to book your tee time.  Tee times are required, no walk-ins.  If you haven’t played Brooktree yet this year, now is the time!  The course is in great condition and the patio at The Broken Tee offers great views, food and beverages!

Congratulations to Park & Rec Month winners!  Congratulations to Tyler Smith and Nan Silkunas, each won $100 Chamber Bucks in a drawing of all participants.