Parks & Recreation

Now Hiring!

The Parks and Recreation Department is now hiring the following positions:

  • Maintenance Worker (Parks)
  • Swimming Lessons Instructor (Water Safety Instructor)
  • Water Aerobics Instructor - Substitute

Click here for job descriptions and to apply.

Outdoor Public Skating - Check Back for Opening Date!

The Warsinski Chalet, located at Morehouse Park, is a large warming house complete with skate and cross country ski rentals and food concessions.  The chalet is located at the west end of School Street.  Hours (after opening date): Sundays: 12:00 - 9:30pm; Saturdays, Holidays & School Vacation Days: 11:00am - 9:30pm; Monday - Friday: 3:00 - 9:00pm.  Family bonfires are held Saturday evenings at 5:30pm.  Schedule is subject to change due to weather and ice conditions.

Archery Range

The archery range located at 711 N Elm, hours of operation are 7:00am-dusk. 

Brooktree Golf Course

Closed for the season.  Thank you for choosing Brooktree and supporting Master's...we'll see you in the spring of 2018!

Special Events     

Polar Plunge: January 27, Lake Kohlmier - This frosty fundraiser for MN Special Olympics brings profits in to fund its programs for athletes around the state.  In 2018, we’ll turn up the fun with additional outdoor activities, and concessions will be available to warm up the crowd and raise funds for Therapeutic Recreation.  Look for more details about the plunge and additional fun in the upcoming months.

Owatonna Winter Weekend Out: January 26-28 - We’ve got a fun-filled, snow fun, weekend planned!  Take a look at the weekend’s activities and like our page on Facebook to stay updated on the weekend’s activities.

Friday, January 26 activities include:

Sledding and Movie at West Hills - 5:00pm – Sledding on the Hill - decorate your sled with lights and glow sticks!  6:00pm – Movie, Home Alone, at SeniorPlace.  FREE hot chocolate while you watch the movie.  Some concessions will be available for purchase. All kids 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, January 27 activities include:

Battleship - Jr. High Pool, 10:00am-1:00pm.  Who will be the last one floating? Four person teams use buckets and other tools to "attack" other canoes with water until the competing team's canoe is sunk and/or they tip over. The last canoe floating is the winning team of that heat. To move their canoe, teams must use their hands, buckets, or other water tools. Up to 5 canoes will be in the pool at once. Teams will compete in heats and the winning one or two teams per heat will advance.  *This is a free event but advanced registration is required.

Rock on Ice - Morehouse Park, 6:00-8:00pm.  Music, lights, fun...we’ll be Rockin on Ice!  Bring the whole family down, warm up by the bonfire and enjoy a night skating to the music!

Ice Bocce Ball - Morehouse Park, 6:00-8:00pm.  Get Your Roll On, It’s Bocce Time!  Get your team of two to four together and join us for Bocce on ice! Discover the sport you can enjoy year round! This FREE event is open to all who want to experience this game on ice. 

Sunday, January 28 activities include:

Family Ice Fishing at Lake Kohlmier - 2:30 – 4:30pm

Join us on Lake Kohlmier for an afternoon of ice fishing. Limited equipment and bait will be provided -- holes will be pre-drilled for fishing. Prizes for kids 15 & under who catch the top 3 longest fish. This is a FREE event for everyone to attend. Look for more information to come. 

Winterfest at Brooktree & Master’s Bar & Grille: Saturday, February 10th - Dress for the weather and join other crazy Minnesotans for our first Winterfest!  It’s time for the grown-ups to have fun!  We’ll have the fire pit and a few bonfires on the patio.  We’ll have Bean Bag and Kubb Tournaments, Hammerschlagen contests and more.  If you’re not the competitive type, bring your skis or Fat Tire bike and hit the trails!  To help you keep warm, inside, Master’s is hosting beer and wine tasting, serving food and will have full beverage service.  Keep an eye on the Brooktree/Master’s Facebook page and the Park & Rec website for more information as the event gets closer!

Suggestion Box

Do you have a suggestion for us?  Did we do a good job with something?  We are always looking at ways to improve and love hearing when you enjoy an activity.  Click on the link below, and let us know!

Winter Brochure (click on the cover below)

Browse through our Winter Brochure for information on upcoming programs and events.

Youth Registration

We are now taking registrations for the following: 

  • Tikes & Squirts Basketball
  • Winter Swimming Lessons
  • Future Stars Sports Camp
  • Learn to Skate Hockey - Session 2

Register online here, in person at the Parks & Recreation office or call 507-444-4321  

Park Pavilion Rentals

Pavilion Rentals are available one year in advance.  Call the Parks and Recreation office at 444-4321 or stop by our office to make a reservation. Payment is due at the time of the reservation. 



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