Use caution as summer break starts

Published 7:01 am Sunday, June 5, 2016

As we approach the end of the school year and nice weather people are out enjoying parks, playgrounds and bike paths either riding or walking so please be cautious while you are driving past them.

Also a reminder that young children are excited to be outside playing and they don’t always remember to watch for cars, please drive with awareness.


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You still have time to registration for Park and Recreation Summer programs, swim lessons and municipal pool memberships. Please also check out the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center as they offer free programming as well as other summer classes. There are also senior specials so check it out. The Summer Brochure located on our city website at You may also view the nature center programs at

 Tennis lessons

Interested in tennis? We offer tennis lessons for those ages 4 to 11 on Monday and Wednesday mornings at the Neveln Tennis Courts. Classes begin on June 13 and the cost is $20 per person. Our tennis camp will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. beginning on June 13 for those in fifth and sixth and 10:30 a.m. to noon for those in seventh to 12th- grade at the Paulson Tennis Courts at Wescott. The cost is $35 per person. Please register for these at our office.

Austin High School is also offering a Packer Tennis Camp July 5-16 for students in grades 5 to 12. The cost is $30 for those fifth- and eighth-grade and $40 for ninth- to 12th-grade. Registration for this camp is at Austin High School.

 Swimming pool

The first open swim session at the pool will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 13. 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.

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.

 Riverside Arena

If you missed the information on Austin’s Riverside Figure Skating Club, they are inviting you to skate with them this June.

All new skaters will receive three free lessons with their professional coach. June session dates are 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday’s, June 2, 9, 16 and 30 and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday June 5. Show up at Riverside Arena on the dates that work for you. Bring your own skates or skates will be available. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Save the date for these hockey camps:

•June 3, 4 and 5: Three-day Power Skating and Skills Hockey Clinic for students ages 4 to 18. Contact John Gould at

•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

 Sola Fide

Have you ever been to the Sola Fide Observatory? The June viewings are at 9 p.m. Saturday and June 2 where you can learn from our resident experts as they host free public programs.

From Interstate 90, take Highway 218 south two and a half miles to County Road 28. Turn right (west) one mile to stop sign. Turn left (south) on County Road 29 for one and a half miles to 180th Street. Turn right and go west for a quarter mile. The driveway is on the right. Enjoy the night sky.

 Pet ordinance

Keep in mind the city’s pet ordinance: “Except as hereinafter provided, no pet animals, including horses, are permitted in public parks. Except for horse’s pet animals are permitted on all public trails and park roadways with the exception of the three fenced ball complexes: Todd Park North and South and RCC. While using the public trails and park roadways, pet animals shall be adequately restrained by a durable leash, cord, chain or other similar restraint and the pet animals shall be under the direct control of their owner, except that pet animals under the supervision of their owner may be unrestrained in the area designated as the dog park.”

The Dog Park area is located east of South Main Street between First and Second Street Southeast along the north side of the river.