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Park & Rec Report

Outdoor Ice at Harman is available to skate and play hockey. Ice conditions vary with daily temps. Conditions are expected to deteriorate with forecasted warmer temps. For evening lights after 5:00, press the button on the light pole. Due to social distancing guidelines, the warming house will not be open. Please plan ahead.

Rec Center is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks must be worn at all times, including when working out or playing sports. Everyone entering must do a self-screening at the door prior to entering. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you may not enter. Everyone must check in at the Welcome desk prior to exercising and maintain 9′ physical distance. Members are asked to limit socializing while in the building. Please bring your own water bottle, as the water fountains remain turned off. We will be CLOSED March 29 through April 4 for the moving of all fitness equipment and operations to the Civic Center, 1212 N. Franklin St. We will be able to service our existing gym rentals for this week, but not fitness users. Beginning Monday, April 5, members and others may walk indoors in the South Arena and use the fitness equipment.

Fitness Classes continued to be offered with membership or $5 walk-in fee. Please check the schedule at newulmmn.gov for dates, times, location and Zoom options. Online, advance 24-hour pre-registration required for Zoom access to Weekend Warrior Classes and Zumba. Please reach out to sandyb@newulmmn.gov or 233-2121, extension 204 to get a link added for a class.

Civic Center is open. Masks must be worn at all times, including when attending classes and sporting practices and games. Everyone entering must do a self-screening at the door prior to entering. If you answer yes to any of the question, you may not enter. Please follow the directional signs for proper traffic flow. Bring your own water bottle, as the water fountains remain turned off. Please check the website for open skate, figure skate, hockey, broomball and rock on ice dates/times.

Rock on Ice is scheduled for Friday, February 26 and March 5. Pre-registration is required online at newulmmn.gov or at the Rec Center. Skate rentals available. Limited to 25.

The Community Center – Meals on Wheels and takeout meals are operating. Call 359-2243 for delivery or reserve a meal for pick up.

Rec Center Construction Update – Helical piers for the pool foundation are complete and work on the pool has started. Sheetrock, taping and painting in several areas is underway. Ceiling lighting and tile is being installed. Construction photos of the progress can be found on our Facebook page.

German Park Amphitheater – Thank you to all past donors! Fundraising continues for Phase 3 performance stage. Any size donation is greatly appreciated. Please make checks out to “City of New Ulm Amphitheater” and mail to Park and Rec. Dept. 122 S. Garden Street New Ulm MN 56073. For credit card donations, or rental reservations, please call 507-359-8340 or email cherylk@newulmmn.gov For general questions call Tom Schmitz at 233-2121 ext. 202 or email toms@newulmmn.gov

Bicycle Friendly Community- representatives reapplied for the Bronze designation. The League of American Bicyclists has recently instituted a public information survey as part of the process. If you are bicycling enthusiast, please consider completing a survey and/or forward to other enthusiasts to assist in obtaining this designation! Please go to www.bikeleague.org for more information.

Memorial/Gift Giving Ideas -purchase one or more paver stone(s) with your inscription(s), in the walkways near Hermann Monument and/or German Park for $200 each, contact the Park & Rec office at 359-8344. Park or trail benches range in price from $1,500 to $3,500 each, call 359-8344.

Email List – review Park and Recreation Commissioner discussion items by subscribing to the meetings through E-Updates. To subscribe, simply go to https://cityofnewulm.civicweb.net/Portal/Subscribe.aspx and check the box next to Park and Recreation Commission, enter email and complete verification code. The next time an update is made, you will receive a notification directly to your email’s inbox.

We will continue to communicate with the Public via Facebook, The Journal and KNUJ

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