Park & Rec Report

Monday Night Concert in German Park on July 9 will have entertainment by the Ken and Ken Show Band starting at 7 p.m. Bring the family early to enjoy a special Rec on the Go program at 6 p.m. and/or the Puppet Wagon at 6:15 p.m.!

Look for our new FREE Rec On the Go program traveling to a location near you to play games, sports, crafts and other fun activities! Healthy Snacks will be provided for those 18 and under. Visit our website for dates and locations. They will be making a special stop this week on Monday night at German Park prior to the Concert from 6-7:30 p.m. This program is possible through partnerships with Allina Health, ISD 88, Pro Kinship for Kids and the City of New Ulm Public Library and Park and Rec Departments.

July is National Park and Rec month! We are challenging individuals to submit a digital photo discovering one of the wonderful amenities our park and rec system offers. Throughout the month of July, there will be weekly contests with a winner (chamber dollars) chosen for each category. Official rules available online. Weekly themed contests will be listed in each week’s press release.

Hermann Swim Club Session II runs July 10-26. This recreational club focuses on building muscle, stroke improvement, speed, strength and endurance. Register online or at the Rec. Center.

Weight Lifting for Seniors is a 6-week program to help approach strength training in a safe, effective and fun way that keeps you strong for life. Strength training can ward off age-related muscle loss, keep bones strong, promote mobility and function, prevent falls and even help combat depression. Classes are Mondays at 10 a.m. July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13. Register at the Rec Center or online.

Youth Pickleball Camp July 17 and 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Lincoln Park. Focus on basic rules, etiquette, teamwork, movement and socialization that comes with playing. Register online or at the Rec Center.

Municipal Band Concert at German Park Wednesday, July 18 starting at 7 p.m.

Get to Know Nature and Canoeing – Scott Kudelka, DNR Naturalist will teach proper canoeing techniques and safety while exploring the beautiful Minnesota River. Class has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 17 and will meet at Minnecon Park at 1 p.m. Participants must be picked up at Eckstein Landing, near the intersection of Hwy 15 and 37 at 2 p.m. Fee is $5 Residents and $5.50 Non-residents. Pre-registration is required.

Field Trip to Hutchinson’s new aquatic center Friday, July 20. Water park has two water slides, rock climbing wall, water dome, water arch, diving boards and more! Van departs from the Rec Center at 12:30 p.m. and returns at 5 p.m. Fee is $17 Residents or $18.70 non-residents that includes transportation and admission to the park. Pre-registration is required.

Get to Know Nature and What Lives in the MN River: Macroinvertebrates – Scott Kudelka, DNR Naturalist will teach individuals about these aquatic bugs that are found in the bottom of rivers, lakes and wetlands. Discover how they are special and where to find them. A sample will be collected, followed by a talk about why they are important to the natural environment. Tuesday, July 24 from 1-2 p.m. at Flandrau State Park Playground. Please note: Entrance to Flandrau State Park requires a pass to enter.) Register online or at the Rec Center.

Water Access Sites at Minnecon and Adams Parks closed until the water recedes.

The Puppet Wagon is a summertime favorite for all ages. Puppeteers entertain through skits, songs and silly dances. Each show is 20-30 minutes. Shows are canceled for inclement weather. Check out our website for show times and locations.

Open Pickleball at Rec Center Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2:30 p.m. and Saturdays through May from 8-10 a.m. Memberships, Punch cards, cards or Daily Admission apply.

Outdoor Pickleball available at Lincoln Park! Open play is scheduled Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. There is a lock box in Lincoln Park with equipment to use. Please call 507-359-8347 for the code to access.

AARP/United Health Insurance Medicare Supplement- If you have this supplement, you are eligible for a 50 percent discount off your 3-month or annual membership at the Rec. Center! Please inquire at the Rec Center for additional information.

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.- 6 p.m. Civic Center is located at 1212 N Franklin St. Community Center is located at 600 N German St.