New Ulm Community Garden
The Putting Green is delighted to host the New Ulm Community Garden. To learn more, click here.
Minnesota River Trail
Enjoy a walk along the Minnesota River Trail. Interpretive signage was installed in the spring of 2007. This project was developed by Springfield High School students and a professional exhibit development team sponsored by Target, DNR, Brown County, and 3M.
In 2004 a building was donated to us by one of our student board members. He built it himself and it had one small operational solar panel. We remodeled this building to use as our Clubhouse (concession stand and ticket booth). It is solar-powered using photovoltaic panels for 1 kw of power.
In 2006, the New Ulm Public High School construction class added office space to the clubhouse using resource-efficient materials. This is an important live demonstration of renewable energy technology, and a great learning experience for our park’s operators (Putting Green students) and for all our park’s visitors.
Putting Green’s novel learning center is a 30 ft. heavy duty tent dome where we hold events, workshops, and classes. The dome serves as our park shelter and is available to rent for private functions.
Ecopreneurs developed the business plan for the dome and secured funding for its purchase. See www.pacificdomes.com.
Native Plant Gardens
A portion of Putting Green Park, three and one half acres, was planted in native trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers. Planting began in the fall of ’04 and there is tremendous opportunity to create a beautiful and bountiful park. All of the landscaping elements of the park are educational exhibits.
Natural Environment The other six acres of the park make up the natural riverine ecosystem and though this riverside area will not be “landscaped”, it will be made more accessible to people through improvements made to the interpretive river trail, including a pier, monitoring station, and picnic area.