10/13/2020

The New Ulm Park and Recreation Commissions will work on a method for determining which neighborhoods should be prioritized for park development. In June 2019, the city council was made aware of two parcels in the upper Cottonwood area that were available for sale that could be developed into a new park. The two parcels are still available. The combined cost of the two parcels is $290,000. There is only $201,735 in the Parkland Dedication account. Other city funds would be needed to cover the cost. Schmitz gave an update on RENU projects. Johnson Park is complete and a grand opening will be held in 2021, pending COVID-19 concerns. Hermann Heights Park is about 80% complete. Schmitz said all that remains is the parking lot payment layer and lighting. The project is on schedule to be complete before the end of the fall. The grand opening will be held in spring. The Recreation Center is approximately 15% complete. The building has limited use and capacity due to construction. The entire building will be closed in April until completion in the fall of 2021. Park and Rec. received a $5,000 cash donation from KNUJ’s Minnesota Twins 2020 Radio Affiliate of the Year Award. This money will be used to make improvements to Youth Baseball and Youth Softball at North Park and Harman Park.

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