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Park & Rec Report

Summer Activities Online Registration begins Monday, April 9 at 10 a.m.

Self-Paced Spring Triathlon will run April 9-May 18. Competitors will choose which category they would like to compete in with 40 days to reach their goal. Activity miles may be completed indoors or outdoors. Competitors that reach their goal by the end of the event will receive a t-shirt. Swim, bike and run yourself through this challenge! Additional information and registration online.

Whirlpool/Spa will be closed April 16-23 for tile re-grouting. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Lifeguard Training Course offered at the Rec. Center April 17-20 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 4:15-9:15 p.m. and Friday from 3:15-7:15 p.m.) This is a blended learning course where part of the material will be done online prior to the classroom training. Participants must be at least 15 years old by the last class date to register and successfully pass pre-course physical fitness test. (see requirements online.) Participants must pass 3 final skill scenarios and written exam with a score of 80 percent or higher. Certification good for 2 years. Registration deadline April 12.

Tiny Tot Open Swim April 20, May 4 and 18 from 9:30-11 a.m. Shallow area of pool will be open to bring your tot for fun! Cost is $2.50 per tot. Whirlpool closed during this time.

Co-Rec Adult Softball and Volleyball Leagues – Recreational leagues start in May. Turn in rosters and registration fees to Joey Schugel, Program Supervisor. If you have questions, please contact him at 359-8343 or email JoeyS@newulmmn.gov

FREE Earth and Family Fair at the Civic Center from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 21. Celebrate Earth Day by joining us for a wide variety of events, including a leisurely bike ride throughout New Ulm with experts from the MN DNR and learn more about our amazing earth and wonders of nature. Get information from a host of different organizations and programs on community services and resources available for young children and families while children create a variety of projects. There will be bike-related products and services, info. on bike clubs and more!

Arbor Day Celebration April 27 at 10 a.m. the Mayor, Public Library and Park and Rec Staff, as well as local students will gather at German Park, where the proclamation will be read and learn about trees.

Wellness Walking: The 6-week Walk with Ease program can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life. This program is based on Arthritis Foundation’s format and provides a space for group walking, followed by a short stretch session, along with Wellness Tips and info. Walking can reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis, increase balance, strength and walking pace, build confidence in your ability to be physically active and improve overall health. This is a FREE program to members. Non-members may purchase a 12-punch walking track punch card for $20.25. This program is offered Tuesdays 7 Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. through May 10.

Buckthorn — Ideal removal is March through the first week in April (or until bud break). Resume removal of buckthorn after leaf out is complete, (often by mid-June or earlier. Use observation since this varies year to year.) Purple Roundup (50 percent glyphosate) must be applied with tinted herbicide using an applicator one-half to one inch around the rim within two hours of cutting. A small brush will also work, but avoid contamination from spilling herbicide on the ground. Rit dye is visible for a few hours up to a day or two. You may also use Markup ¬Æ, which is available for sale at the Recreation Center. Both products are visible for years after application and will help avoid overusing herbicide or skipping a cut. NEVER cut buckthorn without applying herbicide right way. Delayed treatment with herbicide is time consuming, (there are often many individual branches to cut and treat instead of one.)

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 359-8347. Rec Center, 122 South Garden St., hours: Monday-Friday 5 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Civic Center is located at 1212 N Franklin St. Community Center is located at 600 N German St.

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