New Ulm Park & Recreation News & Events – Week of April 2, 2017

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NEW ULM, MINN. — Activities for the week of April 2, 2017 through the New Ulm Parks and Recreation Department.

Summer Activities Guide: Register online for Park and Rec and Community Education activities beginning April 10

Youth Archery begins Monday, April 3.  Register online or at the Rec Center.

FREE Fitness Fun Day at the Rec Center Friday, April 7 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  FREE Admission to the Rec Center to swim, play in the gym, racquetball or walk the track!  This event is being co-sponsored by Park and Rec., New Ulm Medical Center/Allina Health and Physicians Group of New Ulm.

Self-Paced Triathlon is a great way for competitors to be challenged physically but also work at your own pace, and even call yourself a triathlete.  Competitors will choose which category they would like to compete in with 40 days to reach their goal.  Activity miles may be completed indoors or outdoors. We will rely completely on the honor system when recording mileage totals. All competitors that reach their goal by the end of the event will receive a t-shirt. You do not need to be a member of the Recreation Center to take part in this triathlon.  Swim, Bike, and Run yourself through this challenge!!! Triathlon runs April 10 – May 19.  Cost is only $20 Res and $22 for Non-Res.  

Adult Athletic Leagues registration is currently open for Co-Rec Softball and Co-Rec Sand Volleyball.  League start in the Spring and run through the summer.  If you are interested in adding a team call 507359-8347 or pick up registration materials at the Recreation Center.  

Red Cross Lifeguard Review is being offered to individuals needing to renew their certification.  Classes will be held May 20 and 21.  Please call the PR office at 359-8340 to register over the phone or on online at

Herbicides for Buckthorn in the Spring.  Tordon is the only herbicide that works to kill buckthorn in the spring, but it remains in soil for many years.  It is a carcinogen if it contaminates the water supply. The City of New Ulm does NOT use Tordon. If you decide to use Tordon or any herbicide, follow these rules: 1. Use only in a herbicide blotter (Buckthorn Blaster) available at the Rec. Center front desk or online. Do not use the squirt bottle Tordon is packaged, as it will cause soil and water contamination.  2. Apply only to the rim (cambium layer) of the stump.  3. Use only in the spring from bud break to full leaf flush, (about 12 weeks.) This will likely be early in 2017, due to warm weather into the 40’s and 50’s.  4. Tint herbicide with Rit or pond dye or mark it to avoid treating the stump more than once.  4. Avoid contamination with eyes and skin. Wear protective glasses and rubber gloves.  Roundup is not effective in the spring starting with budbreak. Undiluted purple Roundup concentrate (50% glycophosate) is used to control buckthorn summer through winter, (about 9 months).  Roundup should be used only in a Buckthorn Blaster (herbicide applicator) or a small sponge brush and must be applied within two hours of cutting. Do not cut more than you can treat. Roundup and all herbicides need to be applied only to the rim of the stump.  Roundup is not effective the 3 months in spring when buds are breaking and until leaves are filled out (about 12 weeks.)  Questions: email: Ellen Vancura at or text/call 612-718-9774. 

City Tree Inventory Help Wanted – The City’s Tree Advisory Commission will be conducting an inventory of trees on city parks and streets beginning in early spring, 2017.  Volunteers will be needed to assist with data collection. No experience is necessary and free training will be provided by the University of Minnesota. Interested individuals should contact Shane Omersa at the Park and Rec office at 507-359-8341 or email This will be a great opportunity to be active, increase your knowledge of trees and help maintain the health and enjoyment of New Ulm’s local environment.  

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.  (please note this change).  Civic Center is located at 1212 N Franklin St. Community Center is located at 600 N German St.  

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