Park & Rec Report

Vogel Fieldhouse (gym courts and track only) is closed today, Feb. 12 for a basketball tournament. It will also be closed on Saturday, Feb. 18 for another basketball tournament. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Tot Swim for small children in the shallow section of the pool will be offered Friday, Feb. 17 and March 3 from 9:30-11 a.m. Children must be within reach of an adult at all times. Fee is $2.25 per tot and adults free. Whirlpool is closed during tot swim.

Adult-Child Fit & Fun is a new class teach sportsmanship, respect, and team building skills and at the same time improve fitness levels through specialized activities.  Class is designed and required for one adult to participate with one child ages 2-5 years old to have fun and be active together. Class dates are Sundays Feb. 19, 26, & March 5 from 11:00-11:40 a.m. at the Recreation Center. Cost is $12 Residents, $13.20 Non Residents. Fee covers one adult and one child. Register today!

Day of Play: Winterblast: Monday, Feb. 20 from 12:30-5 p.m. Inflatables, gym games, arts and crafts and other fun activities from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Open Swim offered from 1-5 p.m. FREE admission. Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The Days of Play are sponsored by many New Ulm Businesses and Service Organizations.

Snow Day in Harman Park is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25 from 12-4 p.m. Enjoy ice skating, horse drawn sleigh rides, s’mores over a fire, cider and more. Bring your own skates or rent a pair of ours. Optional Fee of $5 includes the s’mores, cider and carriage/sleigh ride. This event may be canceled due to weather or unsatisfactory ice conditions. Please stay connected through our Sunday Press release in The Journal or visit our Facebook page for the latest updates.

FREE Pickleball Clinic is Thursday, March 2 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Recreation Center. This is a great way to learn about or give pickleball a try. It is a fun sport and a good way to meet others. This Clinic is put on by Park and Rec staff and experienced players and will teach basics rules, strategies and play the game during this FREE Beginner Clinic! 

Summer seasonal employment opportunities are available for Lifeguards, Park Laborers and youth programming staff. If you are interested, please complete and return an employment application available at the Rec. Center or online at Applications received prior to March 1 will be given first consideration.

Days of Play Donations are now being accepted for this year’s activities. These are large scaled community wide events that provide a variety of play experiences for families and anyone else who wants to cultivate a playful spirit. If you, your business or service organization is willing and able to contribute to this great cause, please contact Joey or Cheryl at 507-359-8340.

Winter buckthorn season ends at first bud break – Now until bud break is an ideal time to remove buckthorn without bugs, itchy weeds or humidity! Purple Round Up concentrate will not work until leaf formation is complete once the bud break has started, which has historically been April 1-July 1, depending on the weather and temps. Be sure to carefully after March 15. Applicators are available at the Rec Center front desk. A small sponge paint brush can also work. Tint the herbicide with Rit or pond dye to know what you have treated. Herbicide needs only to be applied to the rim where the bark meets the wood. If you are unsure if it is buckthorn, nick the bark, which is orange.

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.


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