Park & Rec Report

Lifeguard Training Class offered Dec. 28 and 29 from 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 30 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the New Ulm Rec. Center’s Indoor Pool. Participants must be at least 15 years old by the last class date to register. Completion of a pre-course physical fitness test required to continue with class, which consists of 300-yard swim (6 laps) using front crawl and breaststroke, tread water for 2 minutes with no hands and retrieve a 10-pound brick from 7 to 10 feet of water, swim 20 yards back to the side of the pool, get out without using a ladder or stairs within 1 minute and 40 seconds in order to proceed with the course. There will be 3 final skill scenarios to successfully complete certification and a written exam score of 80 percent or higher. Upon successful completion, a two-year lifeguard certification will be issued. This is a blended learning class that requires 5 to 7 hours of online work to be completed prior to the start of class. Register by Thursday, Dec. 21 online or at the Recreation Center’s front desk. Fee is $173 Residents and $190.30 Non-Residents.

Open Pickleball Saturdays in December through March from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Please note: there will NOT be pickleball February 10 or 17 because of scheduled basketball tournaments.

Short Track Tuesdays and Saturdays: There will be a “short track only” on Tuesdays from 6-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8-10 a.m. from now through March.

Open Broomball Wed-nesdays through Feb. 28 from 7:15-8:45 p.m. at the Civic Center. This non-checking league is open to men and women, ages 18 and older. Players may divide into teams for a fun, competitive and challenging game play. Helmets, broomball stick/broom and shoes are required. Shin guards and gloves are recommended. Park and Rec has limited equipment available on a first come-first serve basis.

Rock on Ice Friday nights at the Civic Center from 7-9 p.m. Please note: starting time is subject to change slightly to accommodate hockey tournament games and other rentals. Be sure to check the schedule at

Harman Park Skating Rinks are in the process of being flooded for outdoor ice skating and hockey. Stay tuned for updates and announcements regarding warming house opening date. If the rinks are flooded and ready, the warming house will be closed on Jan. 1 from 12:30-4 p.m. for a private party.

Shopping Ideas – Looking for the perfect gift for that “hard to buy for” person? Why not give them the gift of healthy activity! We have gift certificates available in any denomination that can be used toward admissions, memberships, punch cards and Park and Rec. activities (swimming lessons, recreational athletics, crafts, etc.) Inquire at the Recreation Center!

More Holiday Gift Ideas: Purchase one or more memorial paver stone(s) with inscription(s). They can be placed in the walkway near Hermann Monument for $200 each and in German Park for $100 each. Contact or the Friends of German Park at 233-2423. Memorial park or trail benches range in price from $1,500 to $2,000 each, German Park Amphitheater Replacement Project…. Contact the Park & Rec Office at 359-8344.

Winter/Spring Activities Brochure will be distributed in The Journal on Dec. 31. Please watch your papers for this publication. Registration for Winter/Spring activities will open Jan. 8 at 10 a.m.

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. The Rec. Center will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25. Hours on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Civic Center is located at 1212 N Franklin St. Community Center is located at 600 N German St.