Park & Rec Report

German Park Concert in the Park Series, July 7 at 7 p.m. Entertainment provided by The Afterwhile, a Folk and Bluegrass music group. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Community or Civic Centers. Listen to KNUJ, call the cancellation line or Facebook.

Wednesday Municipal Band Concerts, 7 p.m., German Park July 16, 23, 30

FREE Cycling Class for Rec Center members on Mondays in July at 5:30 p.m. This is a GREAT opportunity to try out cycling for FREE. Non-members pay a $6 fee.

All About Me outdoor swimming lessons are offered at our wading pools Tuesdays and Thursdays at Washington. These classes are designed for toddlers to get used to the water in a smaller group setting and learn simple skills. An adult must be in the water with the child. Pre-registration required at the Rec Center.

Kids Concert in German Park, Thursday, July 10 at 6 p.m. Entertainment by the Cogley Sisters. This concert is being co-sponsored by the New Ulm Public Library.

Pictures in the Park Kid’s Photo Contest Co-sponsored by Southpoint Federal Credit Union. July is National Park and Recreation Month. We invite you to discover our local parks and take pictures doing it! The contest has different age groups and categories for multiple winners. This program is open to youth ages 5-16, broke down by age groups and subject categories. For a complete listing of the Photo Contest Rules, go to our website at

Full Moon Over Hermann, Saturday, July 12 hours extended to 10 p.m. for the unique experience of viewing the MN River Valley under a full moon on top of Hermann! Regular admission applies. In case of inclement weather, the monument will close.

1st Annual Team Cardboard Boat Race – Teams of 2 will build their own boat constructed from cardboard boxes and duct tape, then bring their boat to the Rec. Center pool and compete against other teams. There will be two age groups: Group 1 will be Ages 9-18 and Group 2 will be ages 19 and older. Boats may be a maximum width of 60″ (5 feet) and a maximum length of 84″ (7 feet). There is no max height restriction, other than it must be able to get in to the building. Boats shall be designed to race with a two person crew that will start at one end of the pool and race to the other end and back. The race will be held Wednesday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m. All entrants must Pre-Register at the Rec. Center by July 23, 2014. Cost is $14/Res. or $15.40/Non Res. Fee includes t-shirt, admission to the race at 5:30 p.m. and open swim at 7 p.m.

Itty Bitty Beach Party at Washington Park Wading Pool on Thursday, July 17 from 4-7 p.m. and Sunday, August 17 from 12-4 p.m. at Lincoln Park. We will have beach balls, itty bitty ducks, games and fun! Regular admission applies.

National Dance Day founded for all Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health! Join us, along with Zumba Instructor Rachel Oftedahl for a FREE 60-minute Zumba class and learn one of the official National Dance Day Dances! Please wear clothing you can dance, sweat, and work out, along with a water bottle. Saturday, July 26 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Rec Center. Bring a friend and join the party! No experience necessary.

Yoga in the Park – Coming soon..FREE Yoga in German Park, starting in late July and August. Look for more details in the next couple of weeks.

NETA Group Fitness Classes Offered: NETA is a non-profit fitness professional association, partnering with the City of New Ulm to offer Group Exercise Certification and Kettlebell Specialty Certification. Both of these nationally recognized workshops will be offered at the Rec Center. Please register at by July 10 to receive the early bird discounted prices.

Buckthorn News Nathan Brueske, a 2013 graduate of Cathedral High School, has completed his first year at Vermilion Community College in Ely, MN in environmental management. Nathan has chosen to fulfill his graduation requirement of 160 hours of volunteer time working with the New Ulm Buckthorn Removal Project. His time will be most efficient if he has one or two assistants working with him. He will be volunteering around his part time job, which will be both weekdays and weekends. If you have a few hours to help Nathan, please call or text him at 766-5189. The buckthorn has now leafed out. If you cut buckthorn, it is fine to switch from the more toxic Tordon to using purple Roundup concentrate. Brush on or apply with a herbicide applicator; available at the Rec Center desk for $10.

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.-6 p.m. Open Swim Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday 1-5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. Civic Center located at 1212 N Franklin St., Community Center located at 600 N German St.

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