Park & Rec Report

Munchkin Olympics promises movement and fun for ages 4-10. These munchkin version of popular Olympic games are offered Saturdays, Nov. 19, December 3, 10, 17 from 9-9:30 for 4-6 year-olds or from 9:45-10:30 for 7-10 year-olds. Register online or at the Rec. Center.

Key Log Rolling Class offered Mondays; Nov. 28, December 5, 12, and 19 from 5:45-6:15 or from 6:20-6:50 p.m. This class will teach participants to log roll, a fun form of recreation that provides physical fitness, balance, coordination, endurance and foot speed, strengthens mental focus and concentration. No prior skill or experience is necessary. Fee is $20 Residents/$22 Non-residents. Register online or at the Rec. Center.

Youth Santa Ceramics for ages 6 and up will be offered Nov. 29 and December 1 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Register online or at the Rec. Center.

Stargazing and Astronomy: Mike Lynch, WCCO Radio meteorologist, will teach a stargazing and astronomy class at Harman Park, 101 North Garden St. on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Mike will do a half-hour indoor orientation of the night sky with maps and constellation diagrams provided. He will then lead the group outside to take in the beautiful celestial show going on over your head. You’ll take a constellation tour and share some of the lore of Big Bear, Little Bear, Cassiopeia, and more. You’ll also use large telescopes to take a closer view of the beauty in the night sky.” This all-ages program is FREE and open to the public, made possible through a partnership between New Ulm Park and Recreation and Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative with funding from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Tiny Tot Open Swim offered Friday, Dec. 2 from 9:30-11 a.m. Cost is $2.25 per child (adults are free; memberships and punch cards do not apply) This is a great opportunity to bring your child to a splashing fun time in the shallow area of the pool during a time designed especially for them! Adults must be in the water and within reach of their child at all times.

Rock on Ice is off this Friday, Nov. 25. Join us from 7-9 p.m. at the Civic Center again on December 2.

Co-Rec Open Broomball Wednesdays at the Civic Center from 7-8:30 (No broomball Nov. 23). League is open to men and women, ages 18 and older. Players divide into teams for fun, competitive and challenging game play. Helmets, broomball sticks/ brooms and broomball shoes are required. Shin guards and gloves strongly recommended. Park and Rec has a limited amount of equipment available based on first come, first serve basis. Regular $4.50 admission applies. Punch cards and annual memberships available for sale at the Civic Center.

Buckthorn Removal Help Wanted: South Market Park (The Bike Trail runs through it from 15th to 13th South) has a large amount of buckthorn that needs to be removed. This is a very large burden because of the volume of buckthorn. There is lots of small buckthorn that is best removed with a lopper and a bingo blotter type applicator. As long as there is less than an inch or two of snow, removal is easy. Anyone willing to donate any amount of time is encouraged to contact Ellen Vancura at 507-354-8744, text or call 612-718-9774 or email She would like to work with any and all volunteers! Even one hour can make a big difference and is much appreciated!

City Tree Inventory Help Wanted: The City’s Tree Advisory Commission will be conducting an inventory of trees on city parks and streets beginning in early spring, 2017. Volunteers will be needed to assist with data collection. No experience is necessary and free training will be provided by the University of Minnesota. Interested individuals should contact Shane Omersa at the Park and Rec office at 507-359-8341 or email This will be a great opportunity to be active, increase your knowledge of trees and help maintain the health and enjoyment of New Ulm’s local environment.

Information on Fees & Hours of Facility Operation: visit us on the web at: Email or or call 359-8347. Rec Center, 122 South Garden St., hours: Monday-Friday 5 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. Civic Center is located at 1212 N Franklin St. Community Center is located at 600 N German St. Please note: The Rec. and Civic Centers will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 24. Rec Center Hours for Friday, Nov. 25 are from 5 a.m.-6 p.m. and Civic Center hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

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