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.

2018 Picnic Shelter & Whalen Cabin Reservations begin January 2

Decorah Parks and Recreation will begin taking 2018 reservations on Tuesday, January 2, at 8:00 am.  Each shelter reservation within the Decorah Parks System covers a 6-hour time period and costs $10. Reservations for Monday thru Thursday must be made and paid for 24 hours in advance; reservations for weekends must be made and paid for by 5 pm the Thursday before the desired weekend.  This is a reservation fee, not a user’s fee.  Shelters not posted with a reserved sign may be used on a first come, first served basis.  Whalen Cabin, located in Phelps Park, may be rented at the following rates:  $40/time slot–11am to 4 pm or 5 to 10 pm; rental for all day is $55.  Key must be picked up and rental agreement signed by 5 pm Thursday if a weekend rental, 24 hours in advance if renting Monday thru Thursday.  Fees are non-refundable unless canceled two weekdays in advance.  Scout troops may use the cabin at no cost, however reservations must be made in advance.



Free New Year’s Eve Bash

Decorah Parks & Recreation is hosting a free New Year’s Eve Bash 6:30-10:30pm on Sunday, December 31 in the Luther College Regents Center. 

This event is sponsored by Decorah Bank & Trust and Gundersen Health System and features fun activities for the whole family including open indoor swimming, a bouncy house, basketball, football, tennis, racquetball, and pickleball. The New Year’s Eve Bash is free and open to the public with no registration required.

Pizza, Gatorade, water and other food items will be available for purchase at the concession stand.

Please contact the Decorah Parks & Recreation Office via email, or by phone, (563)382-4158 with any questions.


Family & 5th-8th Grade Open Basketball – Free Activity

Family Open Basketball – a free drop-in activity for 4th grade and under with a parent
This is an opportunity for kids and parents to get out of the house and enjoy some unstructured basketball play time in the gym. Little Tykes hoops and basketballs will be available for younger kids. Baskets will be lowered to 8 and 9 feet for those that are a bit older. This activity will be in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym (enter through the north doors) on Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, November 11 thru February 17. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Click here for the complete Family Open Basketball schedule.

5th-8th grade Open Basketball– a free drop-in activity
Open basketball play for Decorah 5th thru 8th grade students in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym (enter through the north doors) on Sundays and “no school” days, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, November 12 thru February 18. Click here for the complete 5th-8th grade Open Basketball schedule.