Get ready: Summer is coming!

Submitted photo Summer aquatic events continue to be popular among swimmers of all ages at the Park and Rec Department.

NEW ULM — Even with the long winter this year, summer is eventually coming, although it doesn’t feel like it.

The New Ulm Park and Rec Department once again has a variety of activities for the Summer of 2018 for people of all ages throughout the community.

Summer registration begins at 10 a.m. on April 9 and it can be done on the City of New Ulm website at

Some of the activities include swimming, youth athletics and youth recreation and also the new program Rec on the Go will have events that will be held at various sites around the city. Adult athletics will also be offered and July is National Park and Recreation Month.

Aquatic offerings

Submitted photo Soccer is among the many sports offered for youth in the summer.

Six different sessions of swim lessons offered both in the mornings and evenings will begin June 4. The Hermann Swim Club (ages 8-17) will focus on training swimmers and leashing their inner warrior in a team setting. Sessions provide participants the opportunity to improve swim strokes, build muscle, speed, strength, and improve endurance.

“The Hermann Swim Club is a popular program because swimming is such a great lifelong sport that has great benefits not only for kids but once skills and techniques are developed you can swim your whole life,” Joseph Schugel, Recreation Program Supervisor of the Parks and Recreation Department said.

The instructors will provide a safe and fun environment and each session consists of six meeting dates, the first five will focus on developing techniques and skills and have an in-house intra-squad swim meet during the final session date.

Youth Athletics

Traditional programs such as T-ball and bitty ball, sand volleyball, softball and baseball, soccer, and pickleball.

Submitted photo Youth pottery is another special activity for those looking for activities outside of sports.

Look for a new added session to the youth soccer program to include three and four-year olds.

The New Ulm Park and Rec department is very excited to expand youth pickleball programming by breaking in the new outdoor pickleball courts at Lincoln Park:

Youth pickleball camps (Ages 8-18)

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America and is a great game for people of all ages, especially kids. Youth Pickleball will focus on teaching kids the basic rules, etiquette, teamwork, movement, and great socialization that comes with playing this unique sport. In addition to learning this lifelong sport this program will get to break in the new pickleball complex at Lincoln Park. Pick one or more of these great options below and players will be split into groups according to skill and age.

Session I : Monday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 20, 1-3 p.m.

Session II: Tuesday, July 17 and Thursday July 19, 6-8 p.m.

Session III: Monday, August 13 and Wednesday August 15, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Youth Recreation has new program

The New Ulm Park and Rec department has many offerings including the Itty Bitty and Explorer Camps. There are also two theater opportunities including the Children’s Theater Musical: Abracadabra Aladdin! and State Street Theater’s Own Snow White. There will be a full slate of pottery classes and a brand new program called New Ulm Red on the Go:

There will also be free Rec on the Go sites. The Rec on the Go trailer will be bringing recreation to a neighborhood park or location near you.

Rec on the Go staff will set up activities and equipment for youth and teens. There will be games, sports, arts, crafts, and more. Free healthy snacks will be provided for youth 18 and under. The Rec on the Go program will arrive and leave at designated time. Staff is not responsible for any youth after the vehicle and staff has exited the site.

Summer Schedule for Rec on the Go

• Mondays, June 18-August 6 (No Program July 2)

• Harman Park (101 N Garden St) — 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

• Lincoln Park (718 S. State St) –12:30-2 p.m.

• Tuesdays, June 19-August 7 (No Program July 3)

• North Park (1801 N. State St.) — 10:30 a.m.-Noon

• Washington Park (715 N State St) –12:30-2 p.m.

• Thursdays, June 21-August 9 (No Program July 5)

• South Park (1800 S. State St.) — 3-4:30 p.m.

• Riverside Park (101 South Front St) — 5-6:30 p.m.

Look for Rec on the Go at:

Summer Events:

Monday Night Concert Series

Mondays, June 11, July 9, August 13

German Park (200 N. German St) — 6-7:30 p.m.

National Night Out

Monday, July 30

* German Park (200 N. German St) — 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Summer Day of Play & Movie in the Park

Thursday, August 16

German Park (200 N. German St) — 6-8 p.m.

Other Venues:

New Ulm Mobile Village (2526 S Bridge St )

Wednesday, June 27 — 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Wednesday, July 18 — 12:30- 2 p.m.

Tuesday, August 14 — 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Traulich Estates (2201 N Broadway St)

Wednesday, June 27 –12:30-2 p.m.

Wednesday, July 18 — 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Thursday, August 9 — 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Adult athletics

The always popular co-rec softball and sand volleyball leagues and expanded pickleball with the outdoor courts at Lincoln Park:

Join other residents to celebrate the grand opening of the six pickleball court complex at Lincoln Park, 718 S. State St. The event will include a Ribbon Cutting, Informational and Instructional Clinic, free play and giveaways. Enjoy free play all season, call 507-359-8343 with questions.

Thursday, May 10 — 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Special events, community concerts and more

July is National Park and Recreation month and this year’s theme is a Lifetime of Discovery. New Ulm Park and Recreation would like to challenge individuals to submit a digital photo discovering one of the wonderful amenities our park and rec system offers. Whether it be you enjoying a beautiful day in one of our 43 city park units and counting, enjoying one of our indoor facilities, or just having a blast at one of our many program offerings.

Throughout the month of July there will be a three weekly contests with a winner chosen for each category by Park & Rec Staff. Each weekly winner receives Chamber Dollars.

The Park and Recreation Month photo contest will be from July 9-15 (cest selfie); July 16-22 (best action shot) and July 23-29 (best nature shot or structure)

National Night Out will be on Monday, July 30 from 5:30 p.m.-dust. The event will be held at German Park and it will help fight back crime for National Night Out. The Schell’s Hobo Band will provide music entertainment and there will be activities, food, and much more. Look for additional information this summer. There will also be the German Park Concert in the Park Series held on Mondays at 7 p.m. beginning June 4.

“The Summer Concert Series provides free entertainment that allows the local performers to show off their talents to the community,” Schugel said. “It is set in a perfect setting in beautiful German Park and on those nice summer nights with no bugs and low humidity you really can’t find a much better setting.”