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Posted on November 5, 2020 at 7:59 AM by Jessica Abrahams
Parks and Recreation would like
to thank all of those who participated in the Park Passport Program this
Fall. Fall is a great time to get out
and enjoy the parks, trails and color changing leaves. We had over 75 passports turned in this
year! We are very pleased with the
number of people who took advantage of
this great program.
We would like to thank all of
the sponsors who helped make our Halloween Spooklacular a success last weekend. Tri M Graphics, Cole’s Electric, Turtle Creek
Nursery and Landscaping, Harland’s Tire, Premier Bank, Johnson Doerhoefer &
Miner PA, Timberdale Trace, Klecker’s Kreations, Sterling Pharmacy, Trinity
Nursery School, Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Fleet Farm, Travel
Leaders, Famers/Beth Hortop Agency, Arbys, Ecumen Hospice, Climate by Design
International, Steele County United Way, True Wealth Advisors, Souba’s Greenhouse, and Knights of Columbus Owatonna. The 400 people who were able to participate
in the event were able to enjoy a petting zoo, hay ride, scavenger hunt and
We have a few other programs and
activities you can participate in yet this year. See below for the details of the great things
Parks and Recreation has to offer.
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: email@example.com 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.
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
Registration for Youth Programs
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 $47.00 (after December 1 $57.00)
(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.
Parents will not be allowed in the facility to watch practices. You must drop off and pick up on time. This program is only open to students in the ISD
761 school district.
Learn to Skate Hockey/U6 Hockey/U8 Hockey
Due to COVID restrictions there will be limits
on number of participants this year so register early! Registration will be
November 19-December 16 (or until the session is full). If you register after December 16 there will
be a $10 late fee. Maximum number of participants for Learn to Skate is 30 per
time slot (total of 2 time slots). 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. .
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 2 running January 2-first week of March. Schedule and safety plan are posted on the
Owatonna Park and Recreation website at www.ci.owatonna.mn.us Cost to participate is $75. Program supervisor is Tony Schwichtenberg and
if you have questions he can be reached at
Due to the current situation, 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.
Owatonna Dogs’ Got
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.
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
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.