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Aug 20

Looking for something to do? Check out Parks & Rec – Southernminn.com

Welcome to the first of a monthly series on Faribault Parks and Recreation.

This is our way to inform and educate our readers about what we do, who we are, and the benefits of Parks and Recreation in the greater Faribault area. We had previously written weekly articles from 2004-09. The Parks and Recreation Department is headquartered out of the Faribault Community Center.

It is here you may contact the program supervisors for all of the programs and facilities within our department. Programs such as youth volleyball, basketball, swim lessons, adult softball and volleyball are several of the most visible activities that people are aware of. We also offer a number of lesser known programs such as Safety Camp, Fun Center, taekwondo, cub and flag football. Along with all of the athletic programs we run the Concerts in the Park Series, Pet Parade and many other community events. Many of these programs and activities will be featured in future articles.

Youth programs offered by our department are intended to be instructional and fun. We are not as concerned about who might win a game as we are about everyone playing, having fun and hopefully learning the sport at the same time. It is our desire to introduce activities to youth that they may participate in through their entire life.

Adult programming includes a large number of fitness classes, with group exercise classes at Washington, and yoga, Pilates and water exercise being very successful.

We also develop enrichment programs for youth and adults. These can range from youth firearm and snowmobile training to art, languages, first aid and CPR. We are always searching for new instructors and exciting new programs.

The Parks and Recreation Department is known for its facilities. At the Community Center there is an indoor pool, gymnasium, racquetball courts, a Fitness Center with treadmills, steppers, and a full line of strength machines. The Washington Recreation Center offers classes and public room rentals. Other facilities operated by the department include the Faribault Family Aquatic Center, park shelters, Faribault Soccer Complex, Armed Forces Reserve Center, and softball/baseball fields. We also work very closely with the ice arena to provide indoor ice skating opportunities and skate rentals.

The current park system consists of 38 park areas maintained by our parks maintenance staff. The staff deals with all of the regular maintenance that people expect such as vandalism repair, mowing, cleaning, repair, installation and maintenance of equipment, and tree and trail maintenance. Other responsibilities include hanging banners and holiday decorations. We install and repair the downtown flower baskets with volunteers from the Faribault Senior Center. The parks department also works in conjunction with numerous community groups, providing supplies and fencing.

As Faribault grows we try to meet the desires of the community by continually seeking new programs and amenities. We spend a considerable amount of time planning for the future so we may meet these needs. Items such as replacing outdated and sub-standard playground equipment, acquiring parkland in new developments and linking the Sakatah Singing Hills and Mills Town Trail are a few of the issues we deal with on a daily basis.

Each month another Parks and Recreation staff member will write an article to discuss upcoming programs and activities. I hope that the readers become educated about the benefits of parks and recreation while reading this series. We are here to put your ideas to work, we welcome your input! If you have an area of interest that we may be able to provide programs for, feel free to contact us at the Faribault Parks and Recreation Department at 334-2064.

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