Kicking into action: New Ulm Park and Rec looks to resume Spring/Summer activities
After COVID-19 wiped away virtually all activities both indoors and outdoors over the course of the last year, the New Ulm Park and Recreation Department is hoping to resume activities this Spring and Summer.
Of course, the Park and Recreation will follow all COVID-19 guidelines during the programs. Participants may be required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing, and more. Emails with guidelines will be sent prior to the start of the program and could change throughout the season.
Registration for the Summer 2021 season began April 7 (www.newulmmn.gov) and there are many activities available for people of all ages.
The outdoor wading pools will be open daily June 4-August 22 and there are also All About Me swim lessons for children ages 6 months-2 years old with an adult. Water acclimation is also available for those ages 2-3, 3-4 and 4-5. Red Cross Lifeguard training is also available for those ages 15 and up.
Tiny tots T-ball (3-4 years), minor league T-ball (4-5) and major league T-ball (5-6) will be available, with a progression carrying on from year to year and it will focus on fun and fundamentals with the goal of getting children ready for youth softball and baseball.
Sand volleyball (7-13 years) will be played at Harman Park and soccer will be available for age 3-11 at the Johnson Football field.
A Sports and Games program will also be available this year for those age 8-11. Here, a variety of sports and games will be played each week. Those participating can learn the basics of traditional sports as well as other sports like Ultimate, Pickleball and games like capture the flag and dodgeball. Players will learn basic concepts, strategies and teamwork for each sport throughout the summer and it includes a free t-shirt.
Itty Bitty Camp (4-6 years) will provide a fun and safe environment for kids to socialize and get plenty of exercise. Some of the themes are Summer Kickoff, On the Farm, Super Heroes, Diggin Dinosaurs, Into the Sea and Tropical Party.
Explorer Camp (ages 7-11 years) includes themes such as In to the woods, Gold Rush, Mission Impossible, Olympics/Around the World and Ice Age.
Munchkin Mayhem (3-5 years) will meet at Harman Park Shelter and will provide various activities for the younger participants. Children’s Theater (7-13 years) will present “The Rainbow Fish.” Youth Pottery (6-12) and adult pottery will also be featured.
Co-rec adult softball and volleyball leagues will also take place this summer along with Exercise for Chronic Disease/Pain Management.
The Puppet Wagon, a summertime favorite for all ages, will feature shows 20-30 minutes long and will have weekly performances June 14-July 22 at various parks around New Ulm.
New Ulm Rec on the Go, a free program, includes games, crafts and more at local parks.
Monday Night Concerts at the Park begin June 7 with the Concord Singers and goes weekly at the German Park amphitheater.