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Frequently Asked Questions

Parks & Recreation
What does the Parks & Recreation Department do?
Can we reserve a picnic shelter?
Can I reserve a playfield for my team?
How do I make a donation to the Parks and Recreation Department?
How do I report an issue or vandalism in the parks?
What are the hours of the parks?
Am I a City resident?
Forestry
Can I have someone from the City look at my trees and help me evaluate their health?
Who is responsible to maintain the boulevard trees?
Do I need a permit to plant a tree on the boulevard or public right of way?
How do I obtain a copy of the Hastings Tree Preservation Guidelines?
How can I find out what kind of tree to plant?
Outdoor Ice Skating
How many hockey rinks are there and where are they located?
How long does it take to prepare rinks at the beginning of the season?
How many applications of water does it take to make a rink?
How many rinks can each tanker truck flood?
Do the rinks or warming houses close due to weather?
How do I apply for a job?
Hastings Family Aquatic Center
What is the HFAC refund policy?
Do you have lockers available for guests?
What kind of payment does HFAC accept?
What are the best times to visit HFAC?
Can we bring coolers and food into HFAC?
Can we use strollers or wagons?
Can I leave and re-enter?
Do I have to pay if I do not swim?
Can I bring in my own chair?
Does the HFAC have birthday party packages?
Can I reserve the facility after hours for a group?
Does the HFAC offer swim lessons and how do I register?
Hastings Civic Arena
Where is the Civic Arena located?
How does the ice resurfacer work?
How thick is the ice in a typical arena?
Party Wagon
What is the Party Wagon?
What’s in the Party Wagon?
How much does it cost to use the Party Wagon?
How do I reserve the Party Wagon?

What does the Parks & Recreation Department do?
Hastings’ park land totals approximately 400 acres of open space. The Hastings Parks and Recreation Department oversees 33 parks, which includes amenities such as baseball, football and soccer fields; softball diamonds; basketball and tennis courts; outdoor skating rinks; playground equipment; sand volleyball court; disk golf course and picnic shelters. Over 25 miles of trails throughout Hastings are also maintained. This trail system is one of the most scenic trail systems in the entire metro area! The Hastings Family Aquatic Center and the Hastings Civic Arena are operated by this department. In addition, department staff works with various youth and adult athletic associations, schedules field use, and organizes special events and activities for both kids and adults.

Can we reserve a picnic shelter?
Picnic shelters at Roadside Park, Vermillion Falls Park, Lions Park, and Wallin Park may be reserved for a nominal fee for residents. Please contact Kristin at (651) 480-6175 to reserve a shelter or visit the picnic shelter reservation info on our website.

Can I reserve a playfield for my team?
Yes, you may contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (651) 480-6175 to see which fields are available. A Field Reservation form can be downloaded here.

How do I make a donation to the Parks and Recreation Department?
You can make a contribution in several ways. Donations are accepted for a specific program or event, tree purchase, memorial bench, or if you have another way in which you would like to contribute, the Parks and Recreation Department will work with your needs. More donation Info is available online.

How do I report an issue or vandalism in the parks?
If you see a possibly dangerous issue in a park, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department immediately by calling (651) 480-6175. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

What are the hours of the parks?
By City ordnance, all parks open at 6:00 AM and close at 10:00 PM, with the exception of Veterans Park which closes at 10:30 PM. No overnight camping or parking is allowed in City parks.

Am I a City resident?
A resident is any person who lives within the city limits of Hastings. This is not to be confused with the 55033 zip code. City and zip code boundaries are not the same. Even though your mailing address is Hastings, this does not necessarily mean you are a City resident. If you live in a township, you are not a City resident. Some programs have different fees for residents and non-residents. Non-residents must pay an additional surcharge established by the Parks and Recreation Department (More than half of the participants in many of our programs live outside the City of Hastings and the cost of supplying these programs comes exclusively from City taxpayers; fairness requires that non-City residents share the burden of expense). The City of Hastings Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to remove anyone falsifying information from our programs. Please call our office if you have any questions regarding residency

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Forestry

Can I have someone from the City look at my trees and help me evaluate their health?
Yes. The City Forester is available to make a site visit. The Forester is trained to identify disease problems and potential risks associated with trees. The Forester can be contacted by calling (651) 480-6177 or emailing pmahoney@ci.hastings.mn.us.

Who is responsible to maintain the boulevard trees?
On City streets, the property owner is responsible for trimming, cutting, and otherwise maintaining any tree according to City Ordinance 90.05. At periodic intervals a survey of public trees in the City is made to look for diseases that pose a threat as well as for trees that are of risk to the public. If a tree requires removal, the city makes arrangements for its removal or the property owner is notified that it is their responsibility. Trees suspected of being diseased or posing a hazard to the public can be reported to the City Forester for inspection.

Do I need a permit to plant a tree on the boulevard or public right of way?
According to City Ordinance, property owners must obtain a permit before planting a tree along the streets or other public property. You should have the tree species & planting location picked out. Then call Gopher State One for utility locations and obtain a permit from the City Forester.

How do I obtain a copy of the Hastings Tree Preservation Guidelines?
When you are planning to build on or develop land that has significant trees we request that you submit a Tree Preservation Plan to the Planning Department prior to any work. The plan should contain all of the parts prescribed in the guidelines. These guidelines are available from the Planning Department and from the City Forester. More information available here.

How can I find out what kind of tree to plant?
The City Forester has a good knowledge of what kinds of trees do well in Hastings. You can obtain a list of these from him or just stop by the Parks & Recreation Office. Local Nurseries and Garden Centers are also good sources of information on planting the right tree for your location.

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Outdoor Ice Skating

How many hockey rinks are there and where are they located?
There are five outdoor hockey rinks located at Pioneer Park, Lions Park, Wallin Park, Kennedy School, and behind the Civic Arena.

How long does it take to prepare rinks at the beginning of the season?
On a good year with cold weather and good frost conditions, it will take an average of 10 days to prepare the rinks with ice. This does not include preparations like repairing hockey boards, cleaning and repairing warming houses, and repairing and maintaining the rink lights.

How many applications of water does it take to make a rink?
On average, it takes approximately 16 applications of water to make a rink.  Our goal is to have a thickness of 1/2 - 3/4 inch of ice on each rink.

How many rinks can each tanker truck flood?
The City tanker truck holds 2,400 gallons of water.  On a normal flooding day, 2 rinks can be flooded with one truckload.  Each filling of the truck takes approximately 20 minutes, including maintaining the fire hydrant.  To flood 13 rinks on a normal day, it will take the "flood master" approximately 3.5 hours.

Do the rinks or warming houses close due to weather?
Due to extremely cold or unseasonably warm weather, the rinks will close.  Please call the hotline at (651) 480-2392 for up to date information.

How do I apply for a job?
Check the City’s employment page to see if we are hiring for Warming House Attendants.

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Hastings Family Aquatic Center

What is the HFAC refund policy?
If the pool is cleared for over an hour due to inclement weather, guests who purchased a daily admission less than an hour before the pool was initially cleared and can produce a receipt will receive a daily admission to return on another day. Daily admission holders who have been at HFAC over an hour before the pool is closed will not be given a daily admission to return. These policies have been set to ensure the safety and enjoyment for all of our guests at HFAC. If you have any questions, please call (651) 480-6179.

Do you have lockers available for guests?
No, there are no lockers available.

What kind of payment does HFAC accept?
HFAC accepts cash, VISA, Discover & MasterCard. We no longer accept personal checks

What are the best times to visit HFAC?
HFAC is typically less crowded every day after 4:00 p.m.

Can we bring coolers and food into HFAC?
Tables are available at the neighboring park for guests to use; however, food and coolers cannot be brought inside HFAC.

Can we use strollers or wagons?
Strollers can now be brought inside HFAC. Wagons are not permitted inside HFAC.

Can I leave and re-enter?
Guests can get their hands stamped as they leave the front gate, so they can re-enter at a later time.

Do I have to pay if I do not swim?
Yes, each person is counted as part of our total attendance and facility capacity.

Can I bring in my own chair?
No, we have a certain number of chairs available on site. We do not allow outside chairs to avoid overcrowding of the deck in case of an emergency.

Does the HFAC have birthday party packages?
Yes, you may have your birthday party celebration at the HFAC. Click here for more information.

Can I reserve the facility after hours for a group?
The Aquatic Center is available for private rentals during its regular season from 8:30-10:30 PM, seven days a week. More details can be found on our After Hour Rentals webpage.

Does the HFAC offer swim lessons and how do I register?
The HFAC teaches the Hastings Family Aquatic Center Swim Lesson Program. You can register online for swim lessons or you can call the Hastings Parks and Recreation Department at (651) 480-6175 for assistance.

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Hastings Civic Arena

Where is the Civic Arena located?
The Civic Arena is located on the south side of Hastings at the corner of Hwy 61 and Hwy 316. The entrance is located on Hwy 316. The address is 2801 Red Wing Blvd.

How does the ice resurfacer work?
Ice resurfacers are designed to do several things at the same time as the machine is driven over the ice. There is a sharp blade that shaves the ice. These shavings are moved by a horizontal auger to the center of the conditioner and then lifted up into the snow tank by a vertical auger. There are two separate tanks of water on the resurfacer. The wash water tank allows water to enter the ice surface in front of a squeegee which makes slush with the shavings to help wash the ice and fill in the deep gouges. This wash water is recycled by being vacuumed up, filtered and then returned to the wash water tank. The other tank is for ice-making and is visible during the resurface. This water comes out just behind the conditioner and is spread onto the ice surface by a towel. The original ice resurfacer was invented by Frank Zamboni of California in 1949.

How thick is the ice in a typical arena?
In most arenas, the ice is kept between 1" to 1½" thick. The goal is to find a depth that is deep enough to handle the number and weight of skaters and yet thin enough to keep the electrical consumption at a minimum. The thicker the ice surface, the harder the refrigeration system has to work to keep the ice frozen. In most arenas, the ice thickness is checked on a regular basis by using a cordless drill and tape measure. By checking at various locations throughout the arena floor and writing information on a chart, it helps the arena staff know where to reduce or increase ice thickness. This is usually done at least once per week.

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Party Wagon

What is the Party Wagon?
The Party Wagon is a 16' covered trailer that consists of a wide variety of games, tables and chairs to host a wonderful neighborhood block party. You may also reserve the Party Wagon for an individual gathering such as wedding, graduation or family reunion. Rental fees do apply. Please contact Kristin at (651) 480-6182 for more information on the Party Wagon or visit our website.

What’s in the Party Wagon?

6 Tables & Chairs for 40 people
2 Beverage Coolers with spouts
1 Quick Shade Canopy (approx 10’x10’)
Volleyball Set
Badminton Set
Bocce Ball Set
Tug of War Rope
Jump Ropes
Sidewalk Chalk
Hula Hoops
Footballs
Croquet Set
AND MANY MORE ACTIVITIES!!

How much does it cost to use the Party Wagon?
The rental fee for the Party Wagon varies by usage. Please see the Party Wagon Procedures for current rate information.

How do I reserve the Party Wagon?
Please print and fill out the application form

Forms should be mailed to:
Hastings Parks & Recreation
Attn: Party Wagon
920 W 10th Street
Hastings, MN 55033

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