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Oct 22

Fall Programs and Facilities Updates

Posted to Park and Rec Staff Blog by Jessica Abrahams

Author: Eric Anderson, Recreation Manager

West Hills Tennis Center
The Tennis Center is currently open for members only.  Memberships can be purchased online or by calling 507-444-4290.  Pre-registration for court time is required -- reservations can be made by calling 507-444-4290.  Please check the website for the facility Covid-19 Safety Plan.

Current Tennis Court Hours:

Monday-Thursday         3:00pm-9:00pm

Tuesday & Thursday     8:00am-11:00am

Friday                            3:00pm-7:00pm

Saturday                         8:00am-12:00pm

Sunday                           12:00pm-4:00pm

Water Aerobics
Water Aerobics classes are available at the Tennis & Fitness Center Pool.  Classes open for registration 2 weeks in advance.  Registration for the November 9-13 and November 16-20 classes will begin Thursday, October 29th at 7:00am.  Registration can be made online or over the phone by calling 507-774-7105.  Please check the website for the program Covid-19 Safety Plan.


3 day class $15.00 per week

2 day class $10.00 per week

Classes Available:

MW              7:15am-8:10am (Class updated to a 2 day a week class beginning Nov 9th)

MWF           8:30am-9:25am

MWF           10:15am-11:10am

MWF           11:30am-12:25am

T/TH            7:15am-8:10am

T/TH            8:30am-9:25am

T/TH            10:15am-11:10am

T/TH            11:30am-12:25am

T/TH            4:00pm-4:55pm

M/W            4:00pm-4:55pm

T/W/TH       5:15pm-6:10pm

West Hills Social Commons
West Hills Social Commons is now open offering a variety of Adult Leisure Pursuit programs, including Bingo, Bunco, Floor Exercises, Book Club, yoga and more (please note, not all previously offered programs are currently being offered at this time due to social distancing and Covid Safety Plan guidelines).  The next newsletter will be available in November, which will include some new programs and some additional programs starting back up in November.  Please check the website for the facility Covid-19 Safety Plan.

Pre-registration is currently required for all programs.  Registration can be made over the phone by registering online, by calling 507-444-4280, or by emailing  You can also call or email with questions.

Youth Basketball Registration
Registration for 3rd-6th grade basketball will be October 22-29.  This is only being offered to students of the ISD 761 school district.  Separate boys’ and girls’ leagues are formed.  Scrimmages and games will emphasize learning and skill development. T-shirt and basketball included with the fee.  Cost is $67 (after October 29 $77) (price includes a basketball that you get to keep) with practices held at elementary schools once a week starting middle of November and games are held at Owatonna Middle School on Saturday mornings in December 12/19, January16/30, and February 6/13/20.  Parents will not be allowed in the facility for practices and games.  A complete safety plan will be e-mailed to participants.

Registration for K-2 grade basketball will begin November 19.  Watch your e-mails for more information coming later.

Virtual Costume Contest – Win an Electric Scooter!
Even though we can't all come together for a large event, we want to see your Halloween costumes!  Post a picture of your ghost or goblin in their Halloween costume on our Facebook page or email it to: by 11/2.  The costumes will go to a vote on our Facebook page and the top 2 will receive an electric scooter!  Prizes sponsored by Harland's Tire & Auto Center.

Owatonna Business Partnership Downtown Trick or Treating
Downtown Owatonna businesses are offering Trick or Treating on Saturday, October 31st from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  Trick or treating will take place outside the businesses.  Visit the OBP Facebook page for more information.

Owatonna Dogs’ Got Talent!
Does your dog have a special talent?  Submit a short video on the Owatonna Dog Park Facebook Page, or e-mail to  A Facebook poll will determine the winner.  Prizes sponsored by Farmer’s Feed & Pet Supply.  DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 6th.

Various Programs Currently On Hold

**Lap Swim - Is currently unavailable at both the Owatonna Middle School and West Hills Tennis and Fitness Center.

**Adult Volleyball - Due to the current situation of not being able to use school district indoor facilities, the Adult Volleyball Season is on hold.  We hope in the near future to be able to have a season and will communicate it at that time.

Manthey Park Construction

Construction started at Manthey Park.  The current playground is being removed and reinstalled at Morehouse Park and we will be installing a new inclusive playground and Miracle field, along with an additional restroom building and all current amenities will be handicap accessible.  For more information about the project go to the website at

Scholarship Fund

Due to Corky’s Earlybird softball tournament being canceled we will not be getting the usual $5,000 donation to our scholarship fund.  We would like to continue to offer programs at a discounted rate for those who qualify but we need more donations.  If you are willing to make a donation to the Parks and Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund, you can mail in a donation to 540 West Hills Circle or make a donation over the phone with a Visa or Mastercard by calling 444-4321.  Any dollar amount helps and makes a difference in the life of a child.

Sep 18

Engineering Updates 9/18/2020

Posted to Public Works - Engineering Updates by Anna Schwichtenberg

City of Owatonna Engineering

Construction has begun and various projects can be seen around The City of Owatonna. Please slow down and use caution when approaching a construction zone.

We thank you for your patience as these projects are completed.

2020 Construction Projects:

Post Office Sidewalk: Work is planned to start on Tuesday September 22nd on the sidewalk replacement at the SE corner of Broadway and Elm.  Pedestrian traffic will need to route around the work, the roadways will remain open during construction.  Access to the Post Office will be provided from the alley to the east. 

Truman Avenue: A virtual neighborhood meeting with be held at 5:00 on Tuesday September 22nd to discuss the Truman Avenue Project.  This project involves the reconstruction of Truman Avenue from Havana Road to Main Street in 2021.  A sidewalk will be installed on the east side of the roadway.  Information is available on the City’s website to attend this virtual meeting.

18th Street SW (Costco Distribution Site): The road is open to traffic. Yet to be completed is striping, signing and joint sealing which will take place next week. 

Morehouse Park: The bituminous bike path will be paved Monday 9/21, weather permitting. Backfilling and seeding will then take place. 

Stormwater Management: The 12th Annual Watershed Wide Clean-up will take place in Owatonna on September 19th from 9am to 12 noon at Morehouse Park. The event is hosted in conjunction with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership, who helps to find sponsors and coordinate the clean-up event. This year's event will include some changes due to COVID-19. No gathering for group photos or lunch, social distancing will be enforced. Participants will be provided gloves and face coverings prior to signing in. Gear may be picked up ahead of time for participants to complete the clean up on their own rather than attending on September 19th. For full event information, visit the Stormwater Events Page.

Public Works
Street Department: Street patching with hotmix is ongoing as well as tree trimming and removals. Please contact the Public Works Department if you notice an issue that needs to be addressed.

To sign up for various department notifications, use the Notify Me feature on The City of Owatonna Website.

To submit a Public Works Maintenance Request, please call 507-444-4350 or fill out  an Online Public Works Maintenance Request Form.