Decorah Swim Pool Opens June 29

The 2020 swim pool experience will be completely different in Decorah and across the nation.

The Decorah Municipal Swimming Pool will open for the 2020 season the week of June 29. The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department will follow guidance from the CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health to protect swimmers, staff and patrons. Below is some additional information about what to expect when you arrive at the pool.

Lifeguards in water

Our lifeguards are trained and prepared to keep their eyes on the water. Please look for individuals in red pool ambassador shirts if you have questions or need assistance.

Tent at front of pool

You will notice a red tent at the top of the stairs before you enter the pool area. At that tent we will perform temperature checks and a brief health screening of all patrons. Red marking on the ground will help keep you 6 feet apart as you wait in line.

Circles painted on grass

Circles have been painted on the grass. These are meant to help you social distance when you are not in the water.

Red tape on water slide stairs

Red markings placed on the ground and stairs near the slide and diving boards are in place to help you social distance while waiting in line.

Click here for more information about the 2020 Pool Season and to purchase your season pass!

Summer Recreation Program Information

Decorah Parks and Recreation began offering recreation programs Monday, June 15. Current program offerings are listed below.

Programs July 13-16: Registration due Thursday, July 9

Survival Camp: Each day of survival camp will test and grow your survival skills. The week will include: shelter building, foraging for food in the forest, water survival 101, and fire making. This program is open to participants just finishing 1st-7th grade.

Tennis: This program is open to those that just finished 2nd-7th grade. Tennis is a great sport for all ages! Join our staff and learn the basics or improve your game by learning more advanced skills. Classes are limited to 8 participants and two staff.

Programs July 13-16: Registration due July 9

Critter Camp: Join us for a week of investigating the creepy crawly cuddly critters around us. Each day we will focus on different groups of animals exploring their habitats and adaptations. We will investigate a pond, river, forest, and prairie to see what we can find and learn. Location will change daily and participants should be ready to walk or explore in the water. This program is open to participants just finishing 1st-7th grade.

Tennis: This program is open to those that just finished 1st-7th grade. Tennis is a great sport for all ages! Join our staff and learn the basics or improve your game by learning more advanced skills. Classes are limited to 8 participants and two staff.

It is preferred that all registration be completed online. If this is not possible registration may be completed in the Park-Rec Office. Please note, masks must be worn when entering the Decorah Municipal Building and the Decorah Parks & Recreation Office. 

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Decorah Parks and Recreation is committed to the health and safety of its staff and program participants. Due to COVID-19 additional precautions are in place including, but not limited to reducing class sizes, daily temperature checks for staff and participants, a short daily questionnaire regarding the health and well-being of each staff and participant, and staff wearing masks when providing first aid or in close contact with each other, participants, and the public.

The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department will not offer summer programs for children in Kindergarten and younger. This decision was made due to the difficulty of maintaining social distancing and personal space with children in this age group.

Decorah Parks and Recreation plans to offer a shortened baseball and softball season in July. More information regarding baseball and softball will be released once decisions regarding those programs are finalized later this month.

The 2020 spring soccer season was suspended in March due to COVID-19. The department continues to postpone soccer as a result of the players’ close proximity playing. As long as COVID-19 conditions allow, Decorah Park-Rec hopes to be able to make up this season weekday evenings in August following the completion of baseball and softball.

At this time, registration for summer programs will be taken online and on a week to week basis so that necessary adjustments to programming can be made should the need arise due to COVID-19.

Visiting Dunning’s Spring Park & Ice Cave

Dunning’s Spring Park and Ice Cave have been extremely busy this season. Visitors should park in the gravel lot near the river on the south side of Ice Cave Road. If the parking lot is full visitors may park along Ice Cave Road. Please be respectful of private property.

Dunning’s Spring Waterfall: From the gravel parking lot it is about a 200 yard walk along the paved drive to Dunning’s Spring Waterfall. Please note, there is not parking at the waterfall. The paved drive is open to drop off traffic for those with mobility concerns.

Ice Cave: From the gravel parking lot it is about a ½ mile walk east on Ice Cave Road to the cave. Ice Cave is open to the public with no fee for admission. The cave narrows significantly after the first 10 yards. For more information about the geology of Ice Cave, click here.