Free Slide into Summer Family Fun Night

This free event Tuesday, June 5, 5:30-7pm at the Decorah swimming pool will feature live music from The Buck Hollow Band, face painting, a bouncy house, a water wall, free popcorn, and other items for purchase! This event is sponsored by Decorah Bank & Trust Co. No need to register, just show up!

Free Kids Fishing Day – Sat, June 2

Decorah Parks & Recreation and the Iowa DNR are hosting a fishing day beginning at 1pm at Twin Springs Pond. This event is free and is geared for children ages 12 and under (ages 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult). Children should bring their own poles and bait (worms). Only a very limited amount of equipment and bait will be provided. This event is part of Free Fishing Weekend (fishing license is not needed for Iowa residents from June 1-3). No need to register, just show up!

Summer Registration begins May1

Registration for summer recreation activities and swimming lessons runs May 1 thru May 25.  Get a pool pass at a reduced price if purchased by June 1.  To get summer information and to register online, click on the Online Registration & Activities Info icon.  Credit and debit cards are accepted online.

You may also register at the Park-Rec. Office (checks and cash only) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.  Brochure information can be viewed or downloaded from the online website or you can pick up copies at the Park-Rec. Office, local banks, and the Decorah Public Library.

Soccer Deadline is Fri, March 16

The deadline to register for Decorah Park-Rec. Youth Soccer Leagues is Friday, March 16.  League Divisions are Pee Wee Coed (3-4 yrs), Coed TK/Kindergarten (5-6 yrs), Boys 1st-4th Grade, Girls 1st -4th Grade, and Coed 5th thru 7th Grade.  All games are held at the Will Baker Athletic Fields.  Pee Wee Coed Soccer League is held Saturday mornings, April 21 thru May 12, and the cost per child is $20 (which includes a t-shirt).  All other leagues are held Saturday mornings, April 7 thru May 12, and the cost per child is $25 (which includes a t-shirt).  For more information and to register online, click the Online Registration & Activities Info button.  Credit and debit cards payments are only accepted online.  Registration may also be made in person at the Park-Rec,. Office, but only check or cash payments are accepted.


2018 Spring Recreation Activities

Spring brochures are available at the following link Online Registration & Activities Info or may be picked up at the Park-Rec. Office, local banks, and the Decorah Library.  Activities include Adult Softball Leagues, Youth Soccer Leagues for ages 3 thru 7th grade, Water Wizards for kindergarten thru 2nd grade, and Intro to Taekwondo for ages 4 and up.  Special events include The Great Inflate & Pancake Breakfast, the Easter Egg Hunt, and the Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championship.

Credit and debit card payments are only accepted online.  If you don’t have computer access, we are still accepting registrations by mail or in person at the Park-Rec. Office, but payment must be made by check or cash.



G2G St. Patrick’s Day Party

Adults with special needs are invited to join the Luther College Men’s Soccer Team for a St. Patrick’s Day Party on Saturday, March 17, 2-4pm at the UCC Church (209 W Broadway St.) in Decorah. This event will feature music by Tom Hauber, games, crafts, bingo, a photo booth, snacks, and Culver’s custard. Participants are encouraged to wear green and dress in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.


This is a free event that is made possible through sponsors and community donations, but registration is required. Participants should register for this event by Wednesday, March 14, to allow volunteers to plan accordingly.  Registration can be completed online at or by contacting the Decorah’s Parks and Recreation office, (563) 382-4158 or

Free Tree Workshops

The Decorah Tree Board , the Iowa State University Extension Office, Trees Foreever, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are hosting two free workshops.

Ash Trees and Emerald Ash Borer – Learn to identify Ash trees on your property and how to look for signs of Emerald Ash Borer.  Volunteers will also answer your questions & Concerns. 6pm Tuesday, February 27th in the City Hall Council Chambers. Led by Emma Hannigan

Pruning and Tree Care 101 – Learn the basic pruning techniques to help keep your trees healthy. Hands on lesson and practice on young trees. 6pm Monday, March 12 in the Decorah Parks & Recreation Maintenance Shop near Whalen Cabin. Led by Meredith Borchardt.

Free Fly Fishing Workshop – Sat, Feb 10

Join us in the Decorah High School gym Saturday, Feberuay 10, 10am-12noon for this free event!

This workshop is free and open to anglers of all ages and levels of experience. 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Local casting instructors will discuss equipment, demonstrate basic casts, and work with participants on their fly casting skills. Fly tying demonstrations will also be available.

The Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Decorah Parks & Recreation, and Winneshiek County Conservation will co-host this free workshop. No registration required, just show up.

The Great Inflate & Pancake Breakfast

Join us for our FIRST EVER inflatable event 10am-2pm Saturday, February 24 in the Decorah High School gyms!

Participants can bounce, climb, slide, and run through 7 over-sized inflatables. This event features obstacle courses, a giant slide, toddler zone, and other inflatables provided by KidAgain Inflatable Fun Shows out of La Crosse. The Lions Club will be providing a pancake breakfast for a free will offering that will support the Tree Bank and reforesting Decorah’s parks. The Tree Board will also be available to answer questions and share information.

Registration is taken at the event, but forms can be filled out ahead of time and brought with you to speed up the process on the day of the event.  Click here to download a registration form. Cost is $5 per participant. Observers are free.

This event is sponsored by Deco ProductsGundersen Health System, The Family Table Decorah, and Viking State Bank & Trust

For additional information click here  or contact us via email ( or by phone, 563-3824158.

Ice Rink Opens at 1pm Thursday, December 28

The ice rink and warming house will open for the season at 1pm Thursday, December 28. The ice rink is always open for skating throughout the winter except when the ‘Stay Off Ice’ sign is posted. The Wayside Warming House is open and staffed throughout the season during the hours specified below.

Wayside Warming House Hours

Monday – Thursday     3:00pm-7:00pm

Friday                             3:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday                         1:00pm – 9:00pm

Sunday                            1:00pm – 7:00pm

Please Note: On no school days the warming house opens at 1pm.