Turkey Trot – Free Event!

Participate in Decorah Parks & Recreation’s Turkey Trot Thursday, November 24 thru Sunday, November 27!

Run or walk the 5k or 1-mile loop that we have marked out in the Decorah Community Prairie anytime Thursday, November 24 thru Sunday, November 27. Submit your run/walk online and send a photo of you completing your turkey trot to decorahrec@gmail.com to be entered in a drawing to win a prize! This can be a fun challenge for individuals or for your entire household. The Decorah Community Prairie is located at the south end of Ohio Street (over the levee) in Decorah.

Winter Program Registration begins November 15

Decorah Parks and Recreation fall program begins Tuesday, November 15. Registration can be completed online or in the Park-Rec Office. 

The following programs will be offered by Decorah Parks & Recreation in November, December, January and February. A complete list of programs and our registration form can also be viewed in our winter brochure.

Turkey Trot – Free event! Run or walk the 5k or 1-mile loop that we have marked out in the Decorah Community Prairie anytime Thursday, November 24 thru Sunday, November 27. Submit your name using the form available Nov 24-27 at https://parks.decorahia.org and send a photo of you completing your turkey trot to decorahrec@gmail.com to be entered in a drawing to win a prize! This can be a fun challenge for individuals or for your entire household. The Decorah Community Prairie is located at the south end of Ohio Street (over the levy) in Decorah.

Biddy Basketball  is open to children ages 3 thru 6. This program meets in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym on Saturday mornings, January 21 thru February 11. Participants 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. Registration is due Wednesday, January 4.

Outdoor Adventures is open to students in Kindergarten thru 2nd grade. This program meets after school Thursdays, January 5 thru January 26. Each week will include a different activity to show off your creativity including building with Legos, arts and crafts, painting, outdoor winter games and more. Students will meet immediately after school in the John Cline Gym and this program will run 3:15 to 4:15 pm. Registration due Tuesday, January 3.

Adult Recreational Volleyball– A free drop in activity! Recreational volleyball is held in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym (enter east doors off of Winnebago Street) on Tuesdays, January 31 thru March 28 from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. A schedule is posted in the gym and online.

Fly Fishing Workshop – Free, open – house event! The Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Decorah Parks & Recreation, and Winneshiek County Conservation will co-host this workshop on Saturday, February 4th from 10:00 am to noon in the Decorah High School Gym. Local casting instructors will discuss equipment, demonstrate basic casts, and work with participants on their fly casting skills. Participants can watch experts and learn how to tie their favorite flies. This workshop is free and open to anglers of all ages and levels of experience. This is a free event—no registration required—just show up!

Middle School Bowling is open to 5th thru 8th grade students. This program is held at Kingpin Entertainment Center on Saturdays, January 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 10:30 to 11:45 am. Participants will receive instruction from members of the High School Bowling team and will bowl one to two games during each class. Registration due Thursday, January 5.

2022 Turkey Shoot Results

2022 Turkey Shoot Results

144 people participated in the 40th Annual Decorah Park-Rec. Turkey Shoot on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. This parent-child free throw contest was held in the Decorah High School gym.  Participants were divided into age categories based on the combined ages of the participating parent and child. A turkey was awarded to the top scoring team in each category.  Turkeys were provided by Decorah Fareway and other prizes were purchased with donations from T-Bocks Sports Bar & Grill, Deco Products, The Family Table, Gunderson Health System, and Total Tree Care.  Turkey and drawing prize winners should pick up their certificate or prize in the Park-Rec. Office, which is open Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please note the Park-Rec Office is closed Friday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

    Turkey Winners                                                                          Prize Drawing Winner

38 & Under     Jake & Theo Reinhardt                                       Justin & Wyatt Kupka

     39-41               Justin & Tate Albers                                             Erick & Truman Kephart

              42-44               Adam & Connor Kuboushek                               Danielle & Daxton Van Gundy

 45-47               Adam & Louis Weber                                           Chris & Camden Cooper

                                                                        48-50                Bobby & Parker Frederick                                  Megan & Ada Lyon

        51-53               Tadd & Harper Schutte                                        Eric Zaft & Cassandra Been

                 54-56               Dom Pechota & Jalen Klees                               Dawn Watson & Carson Bateman

57-59               No entries                                                              Amanda & Payne Webb

60-62               Gregg & Kate Pattison                                        Kerbie & Teagan Dahlen

         63+                  Kathy & Kyan Oftedahl                                      Darin & Sawyer Hendrickson

                                                                                                         Rachel & Oliver Grenko

                                                                                                          Ryan & Raegan Burras

                                                                                                             Dustin & Brenton Noble

                                                                                                           Roger & Grace Huinker

                                                                                                          Sarah & Anna Trimble

                                                                                                              Megan & Lizzie Sherman

Turkey Shoot – Tues, Nov 8

The 40th Annual Decorah Park-Rec. Turkey Shoot will be held in the Decorah High School Main Gym on Tuesday, November 8, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. In this fun family event, a parent and child team up, combine their ages to determine their competition bracket, and each shoot 10 free throws in an attempt to win a certificate for a free turkey. In addition, all teams are eligible for a prize drawing. Winning teams will be posted on the Park-Rec. website and Facebook page by 5:00 pm Wednesday, November 9.  This is a free activity, no need to register, just show up!  This event is sponsored by Deco Products Company, The Family Table Restaurant, Fareway, Gundersen Health System, T-Bocks Sports Bar & Grill, and Total Tree Care.

2022-2023 Basketball Open Gym Schedule

Basketball Open Gym will be held in the Carrie Lee Gymnasium. Please enter the gym using the doors on the East side of the building along Winnebago Street. The basketball open gym schedule is listed below.

Family Open Basketball – Unstructured basketball play. Little Tykes hoops and basketballs will be available for younger kids. All children 4th grade & under must be accompanied by an adult!

Sun, Nov 13                   1-4pm

Sun, Nov 20                   1-4pm

Sun, Nov 27                   1-4pm

Sun, Dec 4                     1-4pm

Sun, Dec 11                    1-4pm

Sun, Dec 18                    1-4pm

Sun, Jan 8                  No Open Gym

Sun, Jan 15                     1-4pm

Sun, Jan 22                     1-4pm

Sun, Jan 29                     1-4pm

Sun, Feb 5                      1-4pm

Sun, Feb 12                    1-4pm

Sun, Feb 19                    1-4pm


Middle School Open Basketball – Special No school day open gym dates for children in 5th – 8th grade

Fri, Nov 25                     1-4pm

Fri, Dec 23                     1-4pm

Mon, Dec 26                  1-4pm

Tues, Dec 27                  1-4pm

Wed, Dec 28                  1-4pm

Thurs, Dec 29                1-4pm

Fri, Dec 30                     1-4pm

Mon, Jan 16                   1-4pm

Fri, Feb 17                      1-4pm

Mon, Feb 20                  1-4pm

Middle School Dodgeball Tournament

The Decorah Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting a Coed Dodgeball Tournament for Decorah 6th, 7th and 8th graders on Friday, November 4th (no school that day) in the Carrie Lee Gym.  The games will consist of 6 players on a court per team, 3 boys and 3 girls.  Teams may have up to 8 players on their roster. Teams need to report to the gym at 8:45am and the tournament will run until approximately 12 noon.

Interested participants are responsible for creating their own teams.  Tournament rules, team entry forms and participant waivers can be found online, or can be picked up in the  Middle School office or the Decorah Park-Rec Office.  Teams must turn in rosters, waiver forms and payment to the Park-Rec office by Friday, October 28.

Late Fall & Winter Pickleball

Outdoor Pickleball Play

Outdoor drop-in pickleball play at the City of Decorah tennis courts will continue during the times listed below as long as weather permits.

Tuesdays: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Thursdays: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Sundays: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Indoor Pickleball Play

Beginning Friday, October 14, 2022 drop-in pickleball play will be held in the North Gym of the Regents Center at Luther College.  Pickleball is a drop in activity open to individuals of all ages and abilities, but all individuals must have a Luther College Community Pass.

Mondays: 10:30am-12:30pm

Tuesdays: 8:00-9:00am easy play & 9:00am-11:00am all skill levels

Wednesdays: 10:30am-12:30pm

Thursdays: 8:00-9:00am easy play & 9:00am-11:00am all skill levels

Fridays: 10:30am-12:30pm

Job Opening: Superintendent of Recreation & Business

Superintendent of Recreation and Business

Job Type: Full Time

The City of Decorah is accepting applications for position of Superintendent of Recreation and Business.  Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation, Health or Business Management or a closely related field, Supervisory experience and a valid driver’s license.  Position subject to post-offer physical examination including drug testing, background check and motor vehicle records check.  Competitive benefit package offered.  Applications and complete job description may be obtained at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 400 Claiborne Drive or online at www.decorahia.org.

For more information call (563)382-3651.  Return application, cover letter and resume along with a minimum of 3 professional, work-related references to:  City of Decorah, Attn: Keri Sand, City Clerk, Tr., PO Box 138, Decorah, IA, 52101 or ksand@decorahia.org

Applications accepted until 12:00 p.m., November 1, 2022. M/F Disabled and Veteran EEO/AA Employer.

For more information visit, https://www.decorahia.org/city-job/superintendent-of-recreation-and-business


Decorah Gear Exchange Oct 8-9

Save the Dates! Decorah Gear Exchange to be held October 8-9, 2022

Six local businesses and organizations are partnering together this fall to bring a new event to the area, The Decorah Gear Exchange. Held October 8-9 at Carl Selland Wayside Park in Decorah, this event will allow individuals to sell and/or buy new or gently used outdoor gear such as kayaks, canoes, tents, backpacks, fishing gear, bicycles, skis, lifejackets, car racks, camp stoves, and more! To note: No firearms or weapons will be accepted.  Proceeds will benefit Decorah Parks and Recreation, further expanding recreational opportunities in the Decorah area.

Those who are looking to sell outdoor gear they no longer need will have two opportunities to drop items off at Wayside Park prior to the sale: Thursday, October 6 from 4-6 PM and Friday, October 7 from Noon-6 PM. The seller will set the price or can take the advice of coordinators. If an item sells, the seller will receive 70% of the sale price, 20% will benefit Decorah Parks and Recreation, and 10% will go towards administrative costs. All items must be brought to one of the gear drop-off times. Unsold items must be picked up on Sunday after the event or will be donated.

The Decorah Gear Exchange is the product of a collaboration between The Getup, The Decorah Hatchery, Decorah Parks and Recreation, Driftless Outdoors, Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities, and Visit Decorah. Questions? Email alyssa@visitdecorah.com.

Thursday, October 6 / 4-6 PM
Friday, October 7 / Noon-6 PM

Saturday, October 8 / 10 AM-5 PM
Sunday, October 9 / 11 AM-3 PM

Sunday, October 9 / 3-6 PM

For more information, visit https://fb.me/e/2Orv09Fx4.

Free Introduction to Pickleball Classes – Oct 6

Decorah Parks & Recreation and local pickleball enthusiasts are hosting free introduction to pickleball classes Thursday, October 6th at the Decorah City Tennis Courts. Classes are free and open to the public with two time slots to choose from. The morning class will run 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and the evening class will run 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Both classes will be identical, and will focus on basic pickleball instruction and score keeping. Registration is not being taken for these classes; participants should show up at the courts at their preferred class time. Participants are encouraged to bring their own paddle and ball. Limited equipment will be available for those who do not have their own. Questions should be directed to the Decorah Parks & Recreation Office via email (parkrec@decorahia.org) or by calling 563-382-4158.