Oct. 9, 2006

New Germany Commercial Club

By Jenni Sebora

Residents in New Germany, as well as in Hollywood and Camden townships, got to know their neighbors at the first-ever “get-to-know your neighbors” city-wide party a few weekends ago.

The New Germany Commercial Club organized and sponsored this first-ever celebration as a way for neighbors and residents to come together, commercial club member Kevin Rittgers noted.

Residents enjoyed fun, food, and camaraderie at Lindstrom Park. Roasted pork, beans, hot dish, and other goodies were served. Live music, casual volleyball play, and conversation were also enjoyed by all at this not-for-profit celebration.

Hopefully, Rittgers noted, this will become an annual event.

The New Germany Commercial Club was first organized by local businesses in 1934, and later opened up to community members in the ‘70s.

It is a volunteer organization created to advance community interest and civic participation in providing area residents and visitors with recreational facilities and family-oriented activities.

The club maintains and updates city parks, supports youth programs, and hosts holiday parties for children throughout the year.

“We’re basically a parks department,” Rittgers said.

There are four parks in New Germany that offer a variety of activities for people of all ages – Lindstrom, Gazebo, the baseball park, and Tower Park.

Lindstrom Park features seasonal softball leagues, tennis courts, and horseshoes. The baseball park features seasonal baseball leagues, and the Gazebo Park is used for a variety of events.

Tower Park was the location of the commercial club’s most recent project. New playground equipment was installed by the commercial club, as well as by other community volunteers, including playground users themselves, children.

Commercial club member Pat Blauer noted that this project was definitely a community effort.

October is a busy month for the commercial club. This year, the annual fish fry will initiate the club’s October events.

Sunday, October 15, 11-2 p.m., the fish fry will be hosted at the New Germany fire hall. Fish, as well as real German potato salad, beans, coleslaw and beverages, including coffee and milk, will be served.

Rittgers noted that this fish fry is basically the commercial club’s only fundraiser, and it is a popular event, enjoyed by many for over 25 years.

Capping off the club’s events in October is the annual Halloween party. Youngsters can enjoy games and goodies at the city hall.

After Halloween, the commercial club gears up for the Christmas holiday season. The hanging of the town’s Christmas lights is sponsored by the commercial club.

The commercial club also has interest in the Dakota Rail Regional Trail proposition, reported commercial club member Bruce Johnson.

This is a 44-mile scenic corridor from Wayzata to Hutchinson that is proposed to become a paved trail for several uses such as, walking, biking, running, in-line skating, skateboarding, bird watching, dog-walking, and snowmobiling.

According to Carver County Parks Coordinator Marty Walsh, Mayer and New Germany are potential sites for trailhead and parking facilities.

This is because the trail right-of-way is wider in these cities, reported Walsh.

The commercial club has committed $2,000 toward the purchase of trees to be planted in the Dakota Rail Corridor along Broadway Street as part of a city beautification project, according to club secretary/treasurer Shirley Jaeger

New Germany Commercial Club

The club meets the

fourth Monday

of the month in the

New Germany City Hall council room at 7 p.m.

For more information,

call Kevin Rittgers,

(952) 353-1671 or

Pat Blauer,

(952) 353-2221.

Specific contacts

Softball, Eric

(952) 353-2285


(952) 353-2245

Little League, Jesse

(952) 353-2333

Volleyball, T Road

(952) 353-2220

Fish Fry, Steve

(952) 353-2571

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