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Sep 24

Park Maintenance Update

Posted to Park and Rec Staff Blog by Jessica Abrahams

Author: Jesse Wilker, Maintenance Manager

It’s Been a Busy Summer in the Parks!


Parks and trails have always been an important part of Owatonna.  Now more than ever, we see families and people of all ages enjoying being outside, getting exercise and using our park amenities.  Even though it was not a “normal” summer for anyone, our park crew has been very busy!  Not just routine maintenance, but some improvement projects too!


Morehouse Park Trail

The trail is rerouted to go along the river behind the Chalet.  This makes the trail much safer.  Trail users no longer have to go through the parking lot to reconnect to the trail.


Morehouse Park

The crew removed asphalt from the inline ice rink and replaced with grass.  This created a nice multi-use sports area.  Currently it is used Wednesdays & Thursdays for an adult Bean Bag league.  More sports programs are planned for Summer 2021.  This change is going to help the quality of ice in the rink this winter too.


Daikin Soccer Complex

We are finishing the new soccer complex on Rice Lake Street and Willow Avenue.  There are five fields, 1 large, 2 medium and 2 small.  The complex is going to be game-ready in the spring of 2021.


Cherry Street Trail

If you’ve been by Dartt’s Park or Brooktree this year, you saw the street project this summer.  At the same time, we’ve been completing a trail overlay project.  The goal of this project was to make the crossing at Brooktree much safer for our trail users.


We All Play at Manthey Park

The We All Play project timeline may have been delayed due to the pandemic, but work is starting next week.  The main project is an inclusive playground and Miracle Field.  Additionally, there is a new pavilion planned for shelter, restrooms, a concession stand, picnic tables and storage.  First, the park is having the trail redone so that all amenities will be handicap accessible.  The parking lot is being expanded at this time as well.  This is a grant and grass roots project completed with all donated funds.


It is always our goal to maintain our parks and trails to the highest quality possible, add new amenities and features whenever possible, and provide an excellent experience for all users!


Other Park & Rec activities:


Brooktree Golf Course is offering fall pricing - $10 for 9-holes walking, $18 for 18-holes walking.  Cost is just $20 for 9-holes riding or $30 for 18-holes riding.  As always, enjoy a delicious meal and beverage after your round at The Broken Tee.


Check out the Bike & Brew program until October 4th.


Park Clean-Up Kits are available by registering online.


Park Passport runs September 23 through October 21.


Water Aerobics and swimming lessons are back!  Check the website for more information.



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.