Austin Municipal Swimming Pool opens Monday

Published 7:01 am Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Austin Municipal Pool will open at 1 p.m. on Monday.

Hours of open swim are 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

The adult lap swim will be held noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Our season membership is $30 per person, ages 2 and under are free. The daily admission is $3 in the afternoon and $2 for the three evening swims.


If you have not been able to make it in to register for summer recreation or swim lessons, you still have the opportunity to do so.

Our summer recreation programs begin this week and the first session of swim lessons will begin June 20. We offer four; two week sessions of swim lessons throughout the summer with lessons times in the morning and afternoon.

 Summer hockey

For those hockey enthusiasts we have added some more dates for Stick Time. From 6:45 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Saturday and June 25, 5:15 to 7 p.m. June 22 and 29 and 5:15 to 7 p.m. June 28.

Please note on the evening times that if there are no skaters we will close after the first half hour.

Save the date for these hockey camps:

•June 13–17: Austin Bruin’s Youth Hockey School for boys and girls ages 7 to 14. Contact Keenan Kelly at or call 208-761-6849.

•June 20–24: Austin Packers, Coach Fornwald’s Summer Hockey School for Squirts/U10; PeeWee/U12/U15; Girls JV/Varsity. Contact Jason Fornwald at

Austin Youth Hockey will hold their 12th annual Golf Classic, Saturday July 23 at Meadow Greens. Contact Chad Thomas at 507-219-1573 to get your team in.

 Nature center

Thursday kicks off the Summer Special events in the Ruby Rupner Auditorium with naturalist entertainer David Stokes. There will be a senior program at 9:30 a.m. and a family program at 1 p.m. so come out and discover the joys of nature with David. His philosophy “I believe in entertaining while educating … No one is too old to get involved. The secret to life is to participate.”

This is a free program but please RSVP by Wednesday by calling 507-437-7519 or email Thank you and enjoy. The full summer calendar can be viewed on the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center’s web site at

We are especially excited that the Nature Center’s new coffee table book “The Essence of Place: The Story of the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center,” is complete. There will be a program and book signing on Thursday, June 30 with John Duren our photographer and writer Douglas Wood. This 200-page hardcover book is a must have packed full of wonderful photos and well written history of how the Nature Center evolved to what it is today. Program times are 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Mark your calendar for the K-9 Fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. on June 20 at Bandshell Community Park. There will be K-9 demos at 5 and 6 p.m. Hot dogs, chips and beverages will also be available thanks to the following sponsors, Hormel Foods, Hy-Vee, Double K Specialty and Willow Pet Hospital. Free-will offerings will go towards the K-9 program.

 Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild will be stopping in Austin at Packer Arena from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 23. This is their 16th year for the Wells Fargo Minnesota Wild Road Tour. Stop in to Packer Arena for autographs from Wild forward Ryan Cater, Wild defenseman Nate Prosser, former Wild defenseman Keith Ballard and Wild television play-by-play announcer Anthony LaPanta.

 Leagues and camps

Hey kids age 5 to 12 check out the free community soccer league at Kaufman Park locatd at Eighth Street and 11 Avenue SE on Tuesday and Thursday’s from 5 to 6 p.m. ow through July 14. Contact Jenny or Bobby at 507-402-7649 if you have questions. There will be no practice in the rain.

There is another opportunity for a tennis camp offered July 5 through July 16 for students in s fifth through 12th-grade. The cost is $30 for fifth through eighth-graders and $40 for freshman through seniors. Contact Troy Diekman at 507-434-4987, or Levon Larson at 507-437-4321,