Austin Park & Recreation Summer Brochure available online

Published 8:03 am Monday, March 18, 2019

Planning has started for this year Fourth Avenue Fest to be held on Wednesday, June 12.

The pool will be free from 6-8 p.m.

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A season swim pass is $40 for per person.  The pool will open at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 10.  Save the date for the free family fun night on Friday, July 26.

Warming houses closed

Our warming houses have closed for the season and the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center has also stopped renting skies and snow shoes so maybe this is a sign that spring is on the way.

Online registration

Our online summer registration will open up on April 1 for Park & Recreation and Jay C. Hormel Nature Center programs.  Riley Donovan, our Recreation Supervisor, will be starting a new program called Rolling Rec.  We will post on Facebook the details on which Friday afternoons the Rolling Rec van will show up at a neighborhood park near you.  This is a free program offering fun games to play when Rolling Rec shows up.

Master plan

We would like to invite you to fill out a survey for the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center as we are working on a master plan for the center.  This can be found at and on the homepage click the master plan survey button.  Thank you very much.

Summer brochure

Our summer brochure can be reviewed on the city website so you can start your planning.  Hard copies will come home with children from school the last Friday in March. 

Reminder: we have online registration starting April 1 at or on the city web site at

Learn to Play Hockey

The next session of Learn to Play Hockey is scheduled for April 10, 17, 24 and May 1.

This class is geared for those 3 to 8-years-old and is held from 6-6:45 p.m. at Riverside Arena. Cost is $25. 

Equipment can be leased with a cash deposit of $75. Supplies are limited and you must supply your own mouth guard.

Please call Riley at 507-433-1881 if you have any questions.

Summer employment

Are you looking for summer employment?

You can stop in to pick up your application or print the seasonal application off our web site.  Park and Recreation has many part-time job opportunities for ages high school and up. 

Are you retired and looking for something to get you outside?  We may have something for you.  We will have job openings in park maintenance, municipal pool manager, lifeguards and inside workers, gardener position and recreation positions. We will also be hiring a summer recreation assistant.  Always check our city website at  for the employment information.

Riverside Arena

The Austin Bruins play the Brookings Blizzard  tonight. Puck drops at 7:05 p.m.

Public Skates:

  • 5:45-7:30 p.m., March 21;
  • 5:45-7:30 p.m., March 22;
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m., March 23.

Stick Time:

  • 2-3 p.m., March 16;
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m., March 17;
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m., March 21;
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. March 22.

The Riverside Figure Skate Club will hold its annual show Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31.