Summer recreation brochure in final stage of development

Published 5:40 am Saturday, February 15, 2020

By Kevin D. Nelson
Austin Parks and Recreation

The Smashing for Cancer Demo Derby, was postponed due to last weekend’s snowstorm. It has been rescheduled for today at the Mower County Fairgrounds.

Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

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What’s next at Jay C. Hormel Nature Center? The Paul LeDuc Endangered Animals Art Show is next weekend on Feb. 22-23. As always, check the Nature Center web site for upcoming events at–events.

There are reportedly excellent conditions for cross-country skiing at the Nature Center. Check ahead for facility and rental hours. Please keep in mind that the interpretive center/ski rental shop will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of Presidents’ Day. City offices will be closed on Monday as well.

Summer rec

Our summer recreation brochure is in its final stage of development and proofing. The publication should be ready in early March, so watch for it after that time in schools and local businesses as well as at the Park and Rec office. Online registration will begin April 1 for programs offered through both Park and Rec and Jay C. Hormel Nature Center.

Our registration deadlines for summer softball and kickball are just two months away. Watch for updates on Facebook. Summer weather is approaching! 

Summer work

Park and Recreation is accepting applications for many summer/part-time jobs for ages high school and up. Are you retired and looking for something to get you outside? We may have something for you. We have job openings in park maintenance, municipal pool management, lifeguarding, and recreation. Wages have increased since last year for many of these seasonal positions. Check the City website at for the related employment opportunities.

Packer Arena public skate dates

  • 1-3 p.m. today
  • 5:15-7:15 p.m., Friday.


Snow conditions on Skinner’s Hill are reportedly very good.

Outdoor rinks will continue to be maintained as weather and temperatures permit.