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Dec 03

Winter Activities

Posted to Park and Rec Staff Blog by Jessica Abrahams

Author: Nikki Callahan, Administrative Technician

With winter coming soon it doesn’t mean we have to stay inside and hibernate.  There are so many things we can do in the snow and cold.  We have many miles of trail to explore.  We clean and sweep the trails, so they are safe to walk on.  Bundle up, get out and enjoy our trails.  Playgrounds are open as well so feel free and to bring the kids out to enjoy the playgrounds.  When the snow accumulates, our park crew grooms the trails in Kaplan’s Woods for cross country skiing.  Another activity to enjoy when the snow accumulates is the to go sledding down the large hill in the West Hills Complex.  Please don’t sit inside all winter and get out to enjoy our parks and trails! 


New Registration System

We are excited to announce our new software registration system, CivicRec, is now available at Owatonna Park & Rec! Our project team has been working for several months on the launch of this new registration system with the goal to better and more efficiently serve you, our customers.

Creating your new account:

1)     Visit the Owatonna Park & Rec website: http://ci.owatonna.mn.us/parksrecreation

2)     Click on the Register Now button

3)     On desktop, select Log in/Create Account in the upper left corner, then select Create your OWMMPR Account.

4)     On a mobile device, select Account in the upper right corner and then select Sign Up.

5)     Fill in the required information.

6)     To receive text alerts (i.e. activity cancellations, facility closings), indicate your mobile carrier next to your cell number.

7)     That’s it!  You’re ready to register for our programs.

8)     Add additional members (spouse, children, etc.) at any time in your account settings.  Keep your entire household on one account!

9)     When you’ve found a program, make sure to select the correct account member before adding it to your cart.

If you register for an account by Dec 11, you will be entered into a drawing for a free soccer ball!  Winners of the free soccer balls will be e-mailed with information about pick up date/time. 

Letters to Santa – He’ll Write Back!

Santa is accepting letters November 30th through December 11th and he will write back!  His mailbox will be available outside the Park & Rec Office, 540 West Hills Circle, Owatonna, during office hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm).  Simply drop your letter in his mailbox and he’ll write you back.  Don’t forget to include your address with your letter!

Elf in the Park

Timmy, the elf will be hiding in Owatonna Parks this month. We’ll post a picture of where he was spotted on Facebook, find the location, snap a picture of yourself (or kids) at the spot and be entered into a drawing for a prize! The more times you find the spot, the better your chance of winning. Submit your photos by commenting a photo on the Facebook post or by emailing your photo to parkrec@ci.owatonna.mn.us

Candy Cane Hunt

We will be having a Candy Cane hunt December 20, 21, 22, and 23.  Each  of these 4 days watch our Facebook page for a post with a picture of Santa with the candy canes.  You will need to figure out which park Santa is at and head out to that location.  When you arrive at the location there will be a box filled with candy canes.  Each person can take 1 candy cane.  If the box is empty when you arrive, try again the next day.  Have fun!

Winter Registration

Winter registration is postponed.  We will send out another e-mail when know the registration date for K-2 basketball, session 2 of hockey, and winter swim lessons. 

Winter Weekend Out

Mark your calendars.  Our annual winter weekend out will take place January 29-31.  A full list of activities will be announced soon!

West Hills Social Commons

West Hills Social Commons/Adult Leisure Pursuits will be closed until at least January 3, 2021. We will be offering virtual programming every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday using the Microsoft Teams platform. If you are interested in joining us please call Dani at 507-774-7110 for more information.

We will begin processing 2021 Adult Leisure Pursuits membership when our building is able to reopen. Please watch the newsletter for more information on that.

West Hills Tennis and Fitness Center is closed for all programs and rentals until at least December 21st.

Red Cross Lifeguard Training Classes

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatics emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This course will begin in a virtual class room setting and then move to the pool when Covid-19 guidelines allow. All participants must have high speed internet and access to a computer or Ipad.

  • Option 1: December 14th 3:00pm-7:00pm and December 16th 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Option 2: December 28th 9:00am-1:00pm and December 29th 9:00am-2:00pm

Red Cross Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid

The American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED program helps participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies. The courses in this program teach the knowledge and skills needed to give immediate care to an injured or ill person and to decide whether advanced medical care is needed. This program offers a choice of first aid, CPR and AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience and is offered in traditional classroom or blended learning (online learning with instructor-led skill session) formats. All participants must have high speed internet and access to a computer or iPad.

  • Option 1: December 9th 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Option 2: December 22nd 5:00pm-7:00pm


Sep 18

Engineering Updates 9/18/2020

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:

Post Office Sidewalk: Work is planned to start on Tuesday September 22nd on the sidewalk replacement at the SE corner of Broadway and Elm.  Pedestrian traffic will need to route around the work, the roadways will remain open during construction.  Access to the Post Office will be provided from the alley to the east. 

Truman Avenue: A virtual neighborhood meeting with be held at 5:00 on Tuesday September 22nd to discuss the Truman Avenue Project.  This project involves the reconstruction of Truman Avenue from Havana Road to Main Street in 2021.  A sidewalk will be installed on the east side of the roadway.  Information is available on the City’s website to attend this virtual meeting.

18th Street SW (Costco Distribution Site): The road is open to traffic. Yet to be completed is striping, signing and joint sealing which will take place next week. 

Morehouse Park: The bituminous bike path will be paved Monday 9/21, weather permitting. Backfilling and seeding will then take place. 

Stormwater Management: The 12th Annual Watershed Wide Clean-up will take place in Owatonna on September 19th from 9am to 12 noon at Morehouse Park. The event is hosted in conjunction with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership, who helps to find sponsors and coordinate the clean-up event. This year's event will include some changes due to COVID-19. No gathering for group photos or lunch, social distancing will be enforced. Participants will be provided gloves and face coverings prior to signing in. Gear may be picked up ahead of time for participants to complete the clean up on their own rather than attending on September 19th. For full event information, visit the Stormwater Events Page.

Public Works
Street Department: Street patching with hotmix is ongoing as well as tree trimming and removals. Please contact the Public Works Department if you notice an issue that needs to be addressed.

To sign up for various department notifications, use the Notify Me feature on The City of Owatonna Website.

To submit a Public Works Maintenance Request, please call 507-444-4350 or fill out  an Online Public Works Maintenance Request Form.