Park & Rec Report

The Park and Rec. Department Staff extend our warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season! Thank you for your patronage this past year and we look forward to serving you in 2018. Look for exciting things to come with the beginning of RENU projects!

New Rec Center Admission Fees go into effect Jan. 1: Rec Center Admission: $5.25, Walking Track Admission: $2.25, Ultimate Admission $7.25. Punch cards will adjust accordingly.

New Civic Center Admission Fees go into effect Jan. 1: Open Skate/Hockey/Broomball: $4.75, Rock on Ice: $5.25, Skate Rentals remain at $2.25, Skate Sharpening: $4.50. Punch cards will adjust accordingly.

Special holiday break swims: Sunday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 1 from 1-3 p.m.

Winter/Spring Activities Brochure is distributed in The Journal TODAY! Please check out the various offerings. Registration for Winter/Spring activities will open Jan. 8 at 10 a.m.

New Ulm NU-You Community-Wide Weight Loss Challenge – “Going the Distance” is a 60-day weight loss challenge provides resources needed to meet and surpass fitness goals. This program is for anyone and everyone! You can join as an individual or as a team. This program will provide access to the Fitness Centers and weekly group exercise classes offered at the Rec Center, Hy-Vee Shopping Tours and Nutrition information and presentations from local experts in health and wellness. The program kicks off with a wellness fair and weigh-in Jan. 11, 2018 and final weigh-out on March 12. Deadline to register is Jan. 9. For more information or to register, go to or stop/call the Rec Center. Registration for this program is open right now.

Harman Park Skating Rinks will open for the season Tuesday, Jan. 2nd, regular hours are Monday through Thursday from 5-8 p.m., Friday from 5-9 p.m., Saturday from 1-9 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. When all three schools are out, hours will be from 1-8 p.m. On extremely cold days in which outdoor recreation is dangerously cold or extremely warm days in which the ice rinks have turned to water, the decision to close the shelter will be made at 3 p.m. on school days and 12 p.m. on non-school days. The rink lights are controlled by a knob located on light pole closest to the shelter. Knob is operable between 4:30-11 p.m. daily. Lights will turn off at 11 p.m. automatically. A limited number of rental skates will be available for $2.25/pair. Also new this year is during warming house hours we will be offering Coffee for $1.00 and Hot Chocolate for $1.50, so make sure to take a break from skating and warm up with a fresh beverage.

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

Short Track Tuesdays and Saturdays There will be a “short track only” on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 8-10 a.m. from now through March.

Open Broomball Wednesdays 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

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 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.