In case you need another reason to get out of the house and explore Owatonna's fantastic park system, here it is. July is National Park and Recreation Month and the Owatonna Parks and Rec Department is ready to celebrate in numerous ways, including the grand opening of a new playground and the Weekend Out.

Jessica Abrahams with Owatonna Parks and Rec blogs, "Parks are at the center of so many experiences and memories - moments that park and recreation professionals help make happen. Our local parks are often our first experiences in nature, our introduction to a favorite hobby or physical activity. They are places to gather with friends and family, spaces to celebrate life's special moments, spots of respite and healing, sites that connect us with essential community services, and so much more."

Highlights of the month include the grand opening of the We All Play inclusive playground and Miracle Field at Manthey Park on Monday, July 19. A tailgate party starts at 4:30 pm with a ribbon cutting at 5:30 pm. A ball game will follow on the Miracle Field.

Owatonna's Weekend Out is July 23-25.

  • Movie in the Park Friday, July 23 (rain date July 24)
  • Cardboard Boat Regatta & Log Rolling at River Springs Water Park
  • Equipment rental specials at Lake Kohlmier
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