Park & Rec Report

Monday Night Concert in German Park on July 23 will have entertainment by The Wendinger Band starting at 7 p.m. Bring the family early to enjoy the Puppet Wagon at 6:15 p.m. or the new Playground at any time!

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 are weekly contests with a winner (chamber dollars) chosen for each category. Last week’s winner was Laura Martens for her photo taken at the Rec Center’s indoor pool. The winner of week 2’s theme, Action Shot will be announced this week and the final contest is this week! The theme is Best Nature or Structure Shot. Please keep in mind that photos must be taken at City-owned parks and facilities. Official rules available online.

Final Municipal Band Concert at German Park for the season is Wednesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. Don’t miss it!

Get to Know Nature and What Lives in the Minnesota 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.

Enjoy a full moon view over Hermann on Friday, July 27. We are extending our hours to 10 p.m. to take in this very unique and picturesque view of the MN River Valley under moonlight! Regular admission applies.

National Night Out will be held in German Park on Monday, July 30 from 5:30 p.m. to dusk. Musical entertainment by the Schell’s Hobo Band, children’s games and activities, food and more! This program sponsored by the New Ulm Police Department, Park and Rec and Fire Departments, along with the United Way.

Munchkin Mayhem is a camp for ages 3 to 5 that uses structured activities and unstructured play through movement, games, activities and much more. Program meets at the Harman Park Shelter Wednesdays August 1 through 22 from 5:45-6:30 p.m. Register online or the Rec Center.

Wow! Zone in Mankato Field Trip is Friday, August 10. Bus will leave from the Rec Center at 12 and return at 4 p.m. Cost is $20 Resident or $22/Non-Resident and includes transportation and admission for bowling, mini golf and laser tag, all in one place for a fun-filled afternoon! Register online or the Rec Center.

Water Access at Minnecon Park is closed until the water recedes. The flood waters have gone down, but still has to go down more. We will keep you posted.

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. 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.

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 12:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. There is a lock box in Lincoln Park with equipment to use. Please call 507-359-8347 for the code to access.

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.