Park & Rec Report

Winter/Spring Activities Guide was distributed in last Sunday’s Journal! Registration begins TOMORROW, Monday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. Be sure to check out our offerings.

Nu-You Lose 2 Win 60-day Weight Loss Challenge: There is still time to register for New Ulm’s second WLC! This WLC will provide 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. Participants are not guaranteed a T-Shirt at this point, but registration remains open online or at the Rec Center until Jan. 17.

Child/Adult Fit and Fun is an opportunity to spend time together teaching sportsmanship, respect, team building skills and improve fitness levels through specialized activities. Class is designed and required for one adult to participate with one child ages 2-6, have fun and be active together. For more information or to register, go to

Tot Swim is held the first and third Fridays of the month; Jan. 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 $2.75/tot.

Upcoming Lifeguard Training Courses will be offered at the Rec Center Jan. 17-20 and February 14-17. Participants may register for either session at the Rec Center or online at

WSI (Water Safety Instructor) Class offered March 21-24. Participants may register for either session at the Rec Center or online at

Adult Racquetball League is open to 18 and up for competitive, fun and great workout! Register at the Rec Center by Jan. 21.

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: The warm temps continue to put a damper on flooding of the outdoor rinks. Continue checking the Journal, Facebook and the City’s website for warming house opening announcements.

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.