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Posted to Park and Rec Staff Blog by Jessica Abrahams
It’s time for spring cleaning! Everyone’s home needs a good spring cleaning to refresh before the beautiful days of summer ahead of us. The parks are no different! When the snow melts we find all sorts of things that were covered up all winter. Our park crew works continuously to keep our parks in excellent shape, free of garbage and debris. But let’s face it, with over 800 acres of parkland and 17 miles of trail, the task is a big one!
The Parks Department is giving residents the opportunity to take pride and ownership in Owatonna’s beautiful parks by offering Adopt-a-Park and Park Clean-Up Kits.
Adopt-a-Park (AAP) is new in 2021. Volunteering for AAP is a chance to assist the Parks Department to maintain a clean, beautiful area and communicate any issues associated with a specific park, trail or open space. Anyone can participate – church groups, organizations, businesses, school clubs, families or individuals. Volunteers are asked for a once monthly commitment April through October. Volunteers are responsible for cleaning their site of trash, debris and downed tree limbs. The also help spread the word of Pack-in, Pack-out and leave no trace! Encourage others to take with them whatever they brought into the park and dispose of properly. Volunteers may also undertake beautification efforts in the adopted area upon approval by the Park Director.
The City provides trash bags, buckets and pickers to volunteers. We also coordinate pickup of trash, debris and limbs. If a project is being done, the parks department will also provide materials required. Volunteers will be recognized on signs at the entrance of the adopted park as well as on the city website and social media.
The City has 38 locations to choose from in all sections of town. A waiver is required of all volunteers. Thank you to those who have already volunteered! Greg Posch, Margaret Michaletz, Lavonne Trotter, Judy Srsen and the Wavrin family have already adopted a park…we appreciate your commitment!
If you’re unable to make a monthly commitment, the Park Clean-Up Kits are better suited for you. Go to the Park & Rec website to register for a kit. Kits include buckets, bags & pickers. You pick up your kit from the Park Shop on Wednesday and return by the following Tuesday. You can go to any park or any trail during that time. Leave the filled garbage bags near a trash receptacle in that area for our crew to pick up!
Just like your home & yard, there’s always cleaning that can be done, and we sure appreciate our volunteers who keep our parks and trails in excellent condition. And besides, it’s a great way to get some exercise and spend more time in nature!
Contact Mary Jo Knudson 507-774-7364, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jesse Wilker 507-774-7086, email@example.com for more information or to adopt your park!
A sure sign of spring is green grass, greens, tee boxes and golf balls flying! Brooktree Golf Course is now open for the season! Mother Nature was kind to us this year and the course opened on March 25th. The course made it through the winter in beautiful condition.
Brooktree offers memberships for Families, Seniors, Juniors and everyone in between! Annual cart rentals are also available. Memberships are available at the clubhouse or at the Parks & Recreation office. Finish off your round with an excellent meal from The Broken Tee…patio opening as soon as weather permits!
The clubhouse opens at 9 a.m. daily (for now), so grab your clubs and head to the links!
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Posted to West Hills Social Commons Blog by Jessica Abrahams
West Hills Social Commons is now open! Our hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm. Below you will find the schedule for the next week.
Monday- April 19
Friday- April 23
9:00- Weight Training
Book Club – Third Monday of the Month at 1:00pm
Calling all avid readers! Adult Leisure Pursuits has a book club! Join the Book Worms at West Hills Social Commons to discuss the monthly books.
AARP Safe Driving Class
AARP Safe Driving Classes are cancelled through September 1, 2021. AARP classes can be taken online at https://www.aarpdriversafety.org. Use the code Drivingskills for a discount.
Steele County Free Fair – Senior Volunteer of the year
Nomination Forms are now available for the 2021 Steele County Citizen Volunteer of the year. The award is sponsored by the Steele County Exchange Club in Cooperation with the Steele County Free Fair. The award recognizes outstanding male and female senior citizens who have contributed time and talent to benefit their community. A Steele County male and female senior citizen aged 70 and over will be selected and honored on Senior day (August 19th) at the Steele County Free Fair. Nomination forms are available at West Hills Social Commons, The Steele County Free Fair Office, Steele county Free Fair Website and the City of Owatonna Website. Deadline for nominations is May 1,2021
Senior Bowling Highlights:
Monday, April 5:
Fifth Frame Strike Jackpot: Willie Peterson
Pins Over Average:
Game 1: Denelle Schroeder 133 ( 50)
Judy Drevlow 190 ( 30)
Game 2: Denelle Schroeder 120 ( 37)
Jim Harlicker 182 ( 36)
Game 3: Denelle Schroeder 138 ( 55)
Series High: Denelle Schroeder 391 ( 142)
Split conversions: Arlene Gleason (3-9-10); Rod Fletcher & Jerry Drevlow (each 2-5- 7); Mike Dettmer (2-10); Dennis Branstad (3-10 twice); Judy Drevlow, Reuben Ebeling, Jim Harlicker (each 3-10)
Friday, April 9:
Fifth Frame Strike Jackpot: Marty Speikers
Pins Over Average:
Game 1: Rod Fletcher 256 ( 62);
Jerry Drevlow 254 ( 56); Willie Peterson 195 ( 39)
Game 2: Chuck Newgard 196 ( 37);
Rod Fletcher 226 ( 32); Marty Speikers 209 ( 28)
Game 3: Chuck Newgard 234 ( 75);
Willie Peterson 192 ( 36); Jerry Drevlow 226 ( 28)
Series High: Chuck Newgard 587 ( 110)
Split conversions: Rod Fletcher (4-5 & 3-6-7-10)