Park & Rec Report

Winter/Spring Activities Guide is distributed in TODAY’S Journal Sunday, Dec. 30. Registration begins Monday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. Be sure to check out our offerings.

Nu-You Lose 2 Win 60-day Weight Loss Challenge- New Ulm’s second WLC providing the Community with resources needed to meet and surpass all types of fitness goals. Program includes access to the Rec Center, including weekly group exercise classes, grocery shopping and nutrition information and presentations from local experts in health and wellness. Grand prizes will be awarded for individuals in 3 categories: Highest percent weight lost, highest percent inches lost, highest body fat percent lost and grand prize for team with highest percent weight lost. Register online or at the Rec Center by Jan. 5.

Rec Center closing at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. The Rec Center will be open on New Year’s Day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with a special Open Swim from 1-3 p.m.

Civic Center will have open skate and open hockey on New Year’s Eve from 9-10:45 a.m. There is also a New Ulm Steel game at 7:10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve! The Civic Center will be closed on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1

Tiny Tot Swim is held the first and third Friday of each month from 9:30-11 a.m. This is a great opportunity for you to spend time with your tot for them to get used to the water! We will have toys out and the tot slide open during this time. Admission is just $2.50 per tot.

Open Pickleball at Rec Center Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1-2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. Memberships, Punch cards, cards or Daily Admission apply.

Open Broomball runs Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Civic Center. Admission is $4.75 per person or punch cards are available for $42.75 for a 12-punch card. This is a non-checking league, open to men and women, ages 18 or older. Players may divide into teams for a fun, competitive workout and challenging game play. Helmets, broomball stick/broom and broomball shoes are required. Shin guards and gloves are recommended. Limited equipment available on a first come-first serve basis.

Outdoor Skating Rinks- crews continue fighting with mother nature over the outdoor rinks. The recent weather and warmer temps have made good ice making difficult. Continue checking the Journal, Facebook and the City’s website for warming house opening announcements.

Tot Swim- held the first and third Fridays of the month; Jan. 4, 18 from 9:30-11 a.m. This is an opportunity to Swim and play with your tot in the shallow part of the pool. Toys provided and tot slide will be open. Whirlpool is closed during this time. Admission is $2.50/tot.

New Fitness Schedule- Please view the new schedule online at

RENU Update: Johnson Park is nearing completion of the design phase; construction is scheduled to begin June and completed in October 2019. The Hermann Heights Park project is in design phase to realign Monument Street and install curb, gutter, parking lots and sidewalks. Proposals have been received and finalists interviewed for Architect and Engineer design services and Construction Management services for the Recreation Center projects. A final selection of firms will be made soon and design phase will begin early 2019. Projects include ADA and mechanical upgrades to the indoor pool, indoor zero depth entry and plunge pool, indoor playground, health and wellness center and gymnastics facility. Discussions on the Dome continue as we look for a location.

 Information on Fees & Hours of Facility Operation: Visit us on the web at: Email or 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.- 9 p.m. Civic Center is located at 1212 N Franklin St. Community Center is located at 600 N German St. Holiday Hours at the Rec Center: Open New Year’s Eve 5 a.m.-1 p.m. and Jan. 1 10 a.m.-4 p.m.