New set up can be instrumental to your walk

Published 12:38 pm Sunday, August 28, 2016

Check out the new play equipment on top of the path between the Austin Public Library and the Municipal Pool.

Take the family and friends to see what kind of music you can make together.


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Three-on-three hockey at Riverside Arena will begin the week of Sept. 12.

Register in our office by Sept. 7. The cost is $45 per participant. All age groups will begin at 6 p.m.

•Mites will play on Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24.

•Squirts/U12/U14 will play on Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25.

•Peewee/Bantam will play on Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 29 and 27.

Please call Jake at 507-396-5027 or email at if you have any questions

Learn to Play Hockey at Riverside Arena starts again on Sept. 14 will go for seven weeks. Cost is $35 per participant. This is geared for those three years old and up. Austin Youth Hockey will allow those that participate the opportunity to rent equipment for a fee of $25. Skates are available for $1.

Please register in our office, open from 8 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 9.


Registration is open for the Parent and Child volleyball camp which starts on Saturday, Sept. 24, and meets the three Saturday mornings after.

Cost is $25 per child participant. This program will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. in Hastings Gym at Austin High School. This camp is geared for second through fourth grade both girls and boys. Participants are encouraged to bring someone 16 and older along with them.

This is a great opportunity for a parent to experience learning a sport with their child. No volleyball experience is necessary. This fundamentals camp will be using stations with instructors teaching movement, vocalization and the basic fundamentals of volleyball.

 Austin Municipal Pool

Our pool is closed for the season; however, we are leaving the splash pad open for the community to use for a few weeks, weather permitting.

Enter from the gate that faces the parking lot where the splash pad is located. This area will not be lifeguard supervised as it is not a body of water and can be treated like a playground. This area will not be supervised as it is not a body of water and can be treated like a playground.

The splash pad will be on a timer allowing the features to shut off at 8 p.m. each day. We hope that the splash pad is treated with respect so we can continue this service.

 Citizen Academy

The Austin Police Department will host the 2016 Citizen Academy 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday’s starting Sept. 13 and going for six weeks. Participants must be an Austin resident or business owner age 21 or older. Fill out your application early as the class size is limited. They are available at the LEC or online at

 Izaak Walton Cabin

Are you looking for a location to host a family event?

The Izaak Walton Cabin is open year-round. We have updated the serving and clean up area this year as well. The cabin is also available Monday to Thursday for meetings at $20 per hour and a $150 deposit. The week-end rate is $170 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. with a $300 deposit. This is a great venue for family gatherings.

 For rent

Many of our Park Pavilions are available for rent to ensure that you have a spot for your family gathering.

The smaller gazebo or pavilions rent for $40 and are located at the following parks: East Side Lake gazebo, Horace Austin gazebo, Lafayette Park pavilion, Lion’s Park east pavilion and Todd Park No. 3 south pavilion. The two larger pavilion’s in Todd Park No. 1 northwest large pavilion and No. 2 northeast large pavilion rent for $70. The Veterans Pavilion is located in Bandshell Community Park and rents for $125 and requires a $100 deposit.

All gazebo’s or pavilions fall under park rules, which means that your event needs to be done at 10:30 p.m. Parks open for the season around April 15 and close no later than Oct. 15 depending on weather. Call our office for availability at 507-433-1881.

Are you looking for a place to rent this fall for a special occasion?

Check availability of the Ruby Rupner Auditorium by calling the nature center at 507-437-7519. The rental fee is $41 per hour between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. with a $100 deposit. There is a sound system available for a $25 additional fee. There is no smoking or alcohol permitted in the Nature Center. The log cabin is also available for your use with the auditorium rental.