Shelter & Whalen Cabin Reservations begin January 2

Decorah Parks and Recreation will begin taking reservations for picnic shelters and Whalen Cabin for the 2020 season on Thursday, 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:  $50/time slot–11am to 4 pm or 5 to 10 pm; rental for all day is $70.  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

Join us for this fun, free, family friendly open house event in the 6:30-10:30pm Tuesday, December 31 in the Luther College Regents Center. The New Year’s Eve Bash will include open swimming, tennis, racquetball, basketball, pickleball, a bouncy house, and many other games and activities for all ages. Pizza, Gatorade, water and other snacks will be available for purchase. This event is sponsored by Decorah Bank & Trust and Gundersen Health System.

Please enter the Luther College Regents Center using the circle drive entrance on the west side of the building. No registration required, just show up.

Open Basketball

Decorah Parks and Recreation hosts open basketball play for kids of all ages in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym (enter east doors off of Winnebago Street) on Sundays, November 10 thru February 16 (excluding January 12), from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. All children in 4th grade and under must be accompanied by an adult. Little Tykes hoops and basketballs will be available for younger kids, lowered hoops for those that are a little bit older, and regular 10 foot hoops for those in 4th grade and above. Special open gym will also be available on no school days for kids in 5th thru 8th grade. A complete schedule is posted in the gym and online. This is a free, drop in activity. No need to register, just show up.

 

Biddy Basketball Deadline is December 20

Participants in the two Biddy BB leagues (Pee Wee 3-4 yrs and Kinder 5-6 yrs) will learn the basic fundamentals of basketball and enjoy actual team competition.  Teams are grouped according to age and game rules are modified to accommodate the lower ages and skill levels.  Small baskets, balls and fun teaching techniques are used with special emphasis on sportsmanship.   Each Saturday consists of a skills session followed by a game.  This program meets in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym on Saturday mornings, January 18 thru February 8. PARENTS:  Two volunteer coaches are needed for each team. Park-Rec. staff will also assist with this program.  If you are willing to coach, please include your name and shirt size when registering your child.  REGISTRATION FEE:  $20 (includes shirt). Register online or in the Park-Rec. Office.  Credit and debit cards are only accepted online.

Middle School Bowling Deadline is December 20

This program for 5th thru 8th graders is held at Oneota Lanes on Saturdays, January 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 10:00 to 11:30 am.  Participants will bowl two games during each class time with some instruction provided.  In addition, youth in this program will be allowed to bowl for a cost of $2 per game throughout the 2020 calendar year.  Registration fee is $25 (lane & shoe rental included).  Register online or in the Park-Rec. Office.  Credit and debit cards are only accepted online.