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Park & Rec Report

Park Playgrounds and Restrooms are open! Please use at your own risk, as they are not cleaned or sanitized. Restrooms are cleaned and sanitized once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Portable restrooms are sanitized daily; users are encouraged to carry their own sanitizer and supplies for personal use. Physical distancing is required and no more than 10 people allowed at a time per playground. Please follow CDC guidelines. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Dog, BMX and Skate Parks are open. Please use at your own risk; parks and amenities are not sanitized. Physical distancing is required. No more than 10 people allowed at a time. Follow CDC guidelines.

Picnic Shelter Reservations are not being accepted until we are allowed to open for use.

The Recreation and Community Centers remain closed. We also provide weekly fitness ideas, classes and links. If you aren’t on our e-mail list and wish to be, email cherylk@newulmmn.gov or Follow us on our Facebook Page for the latest information.

Civic Center ice removed until August; no open skate or hockey offered until late summer/early fall.

Monday night Community Concerts are canceled for the month of June.

Summer Recreation Programs are canceled until at least July 13. In the meantime, please follow us on Facebook for ongoing Virtual programs and resources (New Ulm Park and Recreation).

Another noxious weed gone rogue. It’s called Dames Rocket, a phlox-like flower that has escaped from gardens and seems to be following an explosive growth pattern similar to its relative garlic mustard. It has abundant seeds that are spread by animals or people. It crowds out native plants and produces toxins to kill them.

Pull dames rocket out by the roots, and NEVER put them with compost. Place in regular garbage or garbage bag marked: Invasive Species. DNR approved for landfill. You may also cook it under heavy plastic tarp for a long time if you have space. Do not place clump of dames rocket loose on the ground or it will start to spout new plants from under the clump.

Help save our prairies, wetlands and forests. Pull dames rocket and garlic mustard before your favorite places are degraded beyond repair.

Leash Law – This is also a friendly reminder that pets are required to be on a leash at all times, except private property and Dog Park and that owners are responsible for picking up waste. Pets must be on a leash in parks and sidewalks.

Staff are still working, call 507-359-8344 for questions or assistance or email cherylk@newulmmn.gov

Meals on Wheels and Senior Citizens Center takeout meals are still operating. Please call 359-2243 for meals delivery or to call and reserve a meal for pick up/take out.

German Park Amphitheater construction has begun and will be completed this year. The project cost is over $1,200,000 and $930,000 has been raised. Thank you all for responding so generously to support this project! Fundraising continues. The next $100,000 in donations will be matched by a private donor. Any size donation is greatly appreciated. Checks should be made to City of New Ulm Amphitheater and mailed to Park and Rec. Dept., 122 S. Garden Street, New Ulm MN 56073. For credit card donations call 507-359-8340 or questions call Tom Schmitz at 233-2121 ext. 202 or toms@newulmmn.gov

Hermann Heights Park Construction has begun! M. R. Paving & Excavating Inc., continues to work on the retaining wall, entrance road and parking lots  Autumn completion is expected. The entire park, including Hermann Monument, are closed for the summer season.    Please stay out of the park.  

Memorial/Gift Giving Ideas – purchase one or more paver stone(s) with your inscription(s), in the walkways near Hermann Monument and/or German Park for $200 each, contact the Park & Rec office at 359-8344. Park or trail benches range in price from $1,500 to $3,500 each, call 359-8344.

Email List – review what Park and Recreation Commissioners are discussing by subscribing to the meetings through E-Updates. To subscribe, simply go to https://cityofnewulm.civicweb.net/Portal/Subscribe.aspx and check the box next to Park and Recreation Commission, enter email and complete verification code. The next time an update is made, you will receive a notification directly to your email’s inbox.

Information on Fees & Hours of Facility Operation visit us on the web at:

www.newulmmn.gov Email parkandrec@newulmmn.gov or cherylk@newulmmn.gov or call 359-8344. Rec Center, 122 South Garden St.

We will continue to communicate with the Public via Facebook, The Journal and KNUJ

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