Town Talk: Shelter rentals

Town Talk

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New Ulm Park & Rec

Did you know that we rent out shelters at Hermann Heights, German and Harman Parks? These facilities are a convenient and inexpensive place for get-togethers of all sorts. Shelters at Hermann and German are rented out in two different time slots; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or 4-11 p.m. Hermann Heights Park at 14 Monument Street has two identical shelters that are enclosed with operable windows. The shelters have lighting, electrical outlets, garbage and recycling receptacles, stainless steel serving counters and picnic tables that can accommodate about 100 people per shelter. Shelter 1 is closest to Center Street and the restrooms, while Shelter 2 is closest to the new inclusive playground.

German Park, located at 200 N. German Street has an open air picnic pavilion with serving counter, electricity and picnic tables to accommodate approximately 75 people. This park also makes a beautiful wedding venue with its meandering walkways, formal flower gardens, angel fountain and pergola! Couples planning a wedding in German Park are asked to book both the pavilion and band shell areas to avoid any crossover of events. Please note that rentals of park facilities do not guarantee exclusive use. Keep in mind that public park areas are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Just because a shelter is reserved, does not mean the entire park is reserved.

The recently renovated Harman Shelter is even temperature controlled with Heating and AC! There are tables and chairs available for your use. This shelter is booked by the hour and requires a 3-hour minimum. There is plenty to do at Harman Park! The playground has a mega tower for steep thrills and fun play features, outdoor fitness equipment, athletic fields and sand volleyball courts.

Booking a shelter is simple! You may call the main Park and Rec. office at 507-359-8344 and request your date/time. Customers may reserve a shelter however far in advance as needed. Payment is taken at the time of the booking, so the customer will be asked to pay by credit card over the phone or come to the office to make the reservation and pay by cash or check.

Wading Pools

Outdoor Wading Pools in Lincoln (718 S. State Street) and Washington (located at 715 N. State Street) Parks will open for the season June 2 and remain open through August 20. The pools will be open daily, weather pending from 12:30-6:30 p.m. The new hours will give those small children the opportunity to get a swim in before or after naps. We will close at 6:30 p.m. this year because of past extremely low participation rates after 6 p.m.

Wading pools are open to children ages 8 and under. There are no lifeguards on duty at the wading pools, therefore all participants must be accompanied by an adult of 18 years or older who must sign a waiver and be responsible for the conduct and safety of those they bring to the pool.

The staff at the Rec Center front desk monitors the weather and use as their official weather temperature guide and hour to hour forecast. The air temperature must be at least 72 degrees or higher for pools to open. The pools will close for strong winds, heavy rain or lightening.


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