As Summer winds down, New Ulm Park and Rec Department is Focusing on Fall

Familiar favorites and new programs to be offered this Fall season

Submitted photo Runners and walkers will get to compete in the Hermann 5K, which is celebrating its 10th year this October 6.

NEW ULM — With the end of summer near, now is the time to look ahead to the wide variety of fall activities that the New Ulm Park and Recreation Department offers to those looking to stay busy.

The department is wrapping up yet another busy summer, and it is starting to shift its gears toward the new season coming up. There are still plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy.

One of the more popular fall activities is flag football for youth in grades 1-5. There is also youth volleyball offered for those in grades 3-6. Both youth and adult pottery will also be offered by the Park and Rec department for those looking for an alternative to sports and there will also be fall adult athletics such as pickleball and volleyball.

One of the Park and Rec’s most popular events is also held during the fall season. The Hermann 5K run/walk will be held on Saturday, October 6 and this year marks the 10th anniversary of the event. The run/walk is challenging because it includes hills, steps and of course Hermann the German, where the event wraps up. The course itself goes through Flandrau state park and it’s a challenge for even the more experienced competitors.

In addition to the 5K, the race will include the Hermann Tot Trot for Children ages 3-9 years of age. The Hermann Tot Trot is a special short course with an emphasis on fun for the younger crowd.

Submitted photo Youth and adult swimming is always a popular program offered by the New Ulm Park and Recreation Department.

Another event that will be included this year includes the second annual Floating Pumpkin Patch on Friday, October 12 in which New Ulm Park and Rec puts a unique spin on picking your favorite pumpkin for the autumn season.

Pumpkins will be spread throughout the pool and participants will be allowed to find their favorite pumpkin in the Recreation Center Pool. Once they choose a pumpkin they can take it to a special decorating station.

The pool at the Recreation Center is busy this fall with different sessions of swim lessons hosting a variety of classes in each session. There will also be adult swim lessons offered. The Hermann Swim Club will continue with participants ages 8-17 trained to improve their swim strokes, build muscle, speed, strength, and improve endurance.

Fitness is always a theme with New Ulm Park and Recreation and this year will be no different. The Group Fitness Class schedule has many popular offerings for anyone six days a week. Also making a return is Weightlifting for Women and Weightlifting for Seniors with new session offerings. The Fit and Strong program, Personal Training Packages, and Wellness Walking will all be available for those looking for additional fitness opportunities.

A new series of events this fall is called Bonfire in the Park. This program is a partnership with Park and Rec and the New Ulm Public Library to bring a fun fall family night out around a bonfire. This free series will bring in local musicians and storytellers to lead a variety of songs and stories for the whole family. Dates are Sunday, September 30 at German Park featuring Music from Dick Kimmel, Sunday, October 7 at Hermann Heights Park featuring music from Lee Weber, and Sunday, October 14 featuring music from Andrea Lyn. Time for all three dates will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Submitted photo Youth and adult pottery will also be offered by the New Ulm Park and Recreation Department this fall.

For more information on Park and Rec. or to register for the fall programs or activities visit the City of New Ulm Website at and click on the Park and Recreation tab or call 507-359-8347.