Fall Program Registration begins August 16

Decorah Parks and Recreation fall program begins Monday, August 16. Registration can be completed online or in the Park-Rec Office. 

The following programs will be offered by Decorah Parks & Recreation in September and October. A complete list of programs and our registration form can also be viewed in our fall brochure.

Flag Football is open to students in 1st thru 6th grade. This program is held Saturday mornings, September 11 thru October 16, at Will Baker Athletic Fields.  Game mornings will consist of a short practice followed by a game.  Games will not be rescheduled if cancelled due to weather. Registered players should pick up their shirts and schedules in the Park-Rec Office Thursday, September 9, 8am-5pm. Registration due Thursday, August 26.

Spikesters Volleyball is open to students in 3rd thru 6th grade. This program meets in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym on Saturday mornings,  September 11 thru October 16.  Skills are taught weekly and then put to use in game-like situations.  Shirts and schedules will be available for pick up in the Park-Rec Office, 8:00am to 5:00pm Thursday, September 9. Registration due Thursday, August 26.

Adult Coed Slowpitch Softball: League play is Wednesday evenings beginning September 8 and running thru late October.  Games are played at Diamond #2 (near the Tennis Courts).  Teams consist of at least 5 male and 5 female players, with a roster maximum of 20.  Teams are responsible for umping games; 12-inch game balls are supplied. Official roster forms may be downloaded from our website or picked up at the Park-Rec. Office.  Schedules will be emailed to captains. Games balls will be available in the office on Tuesday, September 7. Registration due Friday, August 27.

Game Plan is open to students in 1st & 2nd grades. This program meets right after school and will include a variety of activities including sports and yard games! This program meets Thursdays, October 7 thru 28, 3:15-4:00pm. Students will meet in the John Cline gym and walk over to the green space in the outfield of Diamond #2.  Maximum of 20 participants. Registration due Friday, October 1.

TOUCH-A-TRUCK – A fun, free, open house event for the whole family. No need to register, just show up! Join us in the parking lot behind the Decorah Fire Department on Saturday, October 9, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Kids will have the opportunity to explore their favorite vehicles including police, fire and emergency vehicles, construction equipment, and city maintenance vehicles.  This event is co-hosted with the Decorah Fire Department in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, and includes a free hot dog lunch.



G2G Event Wed, Aug 18

Decorah’s Get-2-Gether Committee and Decorah Parks and Recreation are hosting a free Summer Celebration for adults with special needs Wednesday, August 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Whalen Cabin near Phelps Park.

Adults with special needs are invited for an evening of live music by The Other Guys, games, bingo, Mabes Pizza and Culver’s Custard. Volunteers will be provided by the Luther College Soccer Teams.

Sponsors and community donations allow G2G volunteers to offer these events at no cost to participants.

Participants should register for this event by Friday, August 13, to allow volunteers to plan accordingly. Registration can be completed online at www.get2g.com or by contacting the Decorah’s Parks and Recreation office, (563) 382-4158

Gnomes in the Park

Paper Cutout Gnome in Park

Decorah Parks & Recreation is hosting a Gnomes in the Parks Scavenger Hunt over Nordic Fest!

Pick up the Scavenger Hunt form at the Decoarh Area Chamber of Commerce or download the pdf version to participate.

Visit Decorah’s parks and natural areas listed on the Scavenger Hunt form. Use the clues to find gnomes in each of the areas and look on the back of the gnomes for the word to fill in the blank next to the clue. Once you have finished your Scavenger Hunt and completed all or some of the clues, return the form to the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce to be entered in a drawing for your chance to win a prize!

Please note, gnomes should not be removed from their locations in the parks.

Fair Fun Run Results

Fair Fun Run Results

The 29th annual Decorah Parks and Recreation Fair Fun Run sponsored by Deco Products Company, Gundersen Health System, Oneota Valley Family Eye Care, Prairie Lakes Church, Stanley Engineered Fastening, and the Family Table, was held on Saturday, July 17th with 90 people registering. The overall male champion in the 3-mile run was Chance Adam of Calmar with a time of 17:56.0. The overall female champion was Brynn Storhoff of Decorah with a time of 21:50.0.  Kids 12 and under were also able to participate in a ¾ mile run.  The overall male champion of the kid’s race was Abram Cummings of Decorah with a time of 4:28.0; the overall female champion was Andi Dibble of Decorah with a time of 5:28.1.  Medals were awarded to 1st through 3rd place finishers in each division.

Kids Race (3/4 mile)

Male 6 & under: Felipe Hernandez, Decorah (6:37.1), Abel Baker, Decorah (6:45.3), Putnam Dibble, Decorah (10:01.4)

Male 7-8: Eli Lyon, Decorah (4:45.0), Judah Mutsune, Decorah (4:58.2), Ossie Nordschow, Decorah (5:00.1)

Male 9-10: Abram Cummings, Decorah (4:28.0), Oskar Simon, Decorah (4:40.5), Brecklin Dodd, Decorah (4:40.9)

Male 11-12: Carlton Norschow, Decorah (5:04.0), Logan Nalean-Carlson, Decorah (5:18.3), Brooks Dodd, Decorah (5:54.7)

Female 6 & under:  Ada Lyon, Decorah (6:19.2), No 2nd or 3rd place

Female 7-8:  Andi Dibble, Decorah (5:28.8), Petra Simon, Decorah (6:16.2), Jaylah Dodd, Decorah (6:56.1)

Female 9-10:  Lydia Fankhauser, Decorah (7:57.0), no 2nd or 3rd place

Female 11-12:  Rachel Weis, Decorah (5:47.4), no 2nd or 3rd place

3-Mile Run

Male 14 & under: Oak Pasche, Decorah (20:21.1), Kyle Pattison, Decorah (21:32.6), Carson Bohner, Decorah (21:33.0)

Male 15-19: Chance Adam, Calmar (17:56.0), Henry Weis, Decorah (17:57.2), Travis Nordheim, Decorah (20:35.6)

Male 20-29:  Peter Kephart, Eau Claire, WI (21:02.8), Zach Steffans, Postville (22:50.3), James Mulvihill. Decorah (26:40.0)

Male 30-39:  Justin Scardina, Decorah (21:38.0), Ben Stenseth, Calmar (37:47.0), Kyle Dahl, Decorah (50:48.1)

Male 40-49:  Michael Casterton, Decorah (21:54.6), no 2nd or 3rd place

Male 50 & over: Jim See, Decorah (22:27.1), Scott Hervey, Decorah (22:51.6), Tom Shroyer (23:11.0)

Female 14 & under: Deborah Hougen, Decorah (22:36.0), Anastasia Simon, Decorah (22:43.2), Clara Hjelle, Decorah (22:43.4)

Female 15-19:  Brynn Storhoff, Decorah (21:50.1), No 2nd or 3rd place

Female 20-29: Elizabeth Uhlenhake, Ossian (27:56.0), Alice Kephart, Eau Claire, WI (28:16.1), Clare Gullekson, Minneapolis, MN (35:01.0)

Female 30-39: Amber Uhlenhake, Ossian (22:24.2), Megan Lyon, Decorah (23:21.6), Stacy Miner, Postville (25:31.0)

Female 40-49:  Amy Robinson, Decorah (24:05.0), Kristin Fankhauser, Decorah (30:42.3), Gwen Strand, Decorah (34:47.0)

Female 50 & over:  Linda Hougen, Decorah (28:26.0), Beth Pesavento, Lemont, IL (26:07.2), no 3rd place



Pickleball Class

Decorah pickleball instructors, Miriam and Daniel Skrade, along with experienced area players will teach you the basics of the game including fundamental strokes, serving, rules of play and terminology. Miriam has taught internationally all levels of the game and both Miriam and Daniel are experience players and coaches. Intermediate and more advanced players can also benefit from this class as tips for players are individualized as the group progresses through different aspects of the game. Classes meet at the city tennis courts and will get you ready to play on your own or at any drop-in pickleball session throughout the year.

This program will be held 6:00-7:00pm, Monday thru Thursday, July 26-29, and is open to individuals ages 12 thru adult. Please note that all children ages 12 thru 16 must register and participate with an adult. Some paddles and balls will be available for use. Please contact the Park-Rec Office (563-382-4158) if you do not have your own equipment.

Cost is $20 per participant. Registration should be completed by Thursday, July 22. Registration can be completed online or in the Park-Rec Office.

Fair Fun Run Sat, July 17

The Fair Fun Run will be held Saturday, July 17. This family friendly event includes a 3/4 mile kids race for children ages 12 and under, and a 3-mle race for older children and adults. Each participant is eligible for a drawing prize distributed during the awards ceremony (must be present to win).  Refreshments are provided.  Awards are given to 1st-3rd place in each age division.

Registration can be completed online or by returning a paper registration form to the Park-Rec Office. Entry fee is $10 with a t-shirt and $5 without a t-shirt. Registration must be completed by Sunday, July 4 to receive a shirt.

Packet up will be held and late registration will be taken 7:00-7:30am at the intersection of E Water St. and Sumner St the day of the event . The 3/4 mile run starts at 8:00 am; 3 mile at 8:30 from the fairgrounds.  The awards ceremony will be held in the Fontanelle Shelter near the Cattleman’s Building on the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds after the last participant finishes (approximately 9:30 am)

This event is made possible with the support of the Winneshiek County Fair Board and these sponsors:   Deco Products Company, Gundersen Health System, Oneota Valley Family Eye Care, Prairie Lakes Church, Stanley Engineered Fastening, and The Family Table.

Free Yoga in the Park

Decorah Parks and Recreation is partnering with local yoga instructors to offer Free Yoga in the Park Saturdays, June 5 – August, 9-10am in the green space west of John Cline School. Bring your own mat or towel. No need to register, just show up!

A complete list of dates and instructors are included below.

June 5: Laree Schouweiler with Driftless Yoga Festival

June 12: Mikah Jaschke with The Yoga Studio

June 19: No Yoga in the Park due to The Driftless Yoga Festival

June 26: Bethany Schroyer

July 3: No Yoga due to 4th of July weekend

July 10: Mikah Jaschke with The Yoga Studio

July 17: Olivia Schnur

July 24: No Yoga in the Park due to Nordic Fest

July 31:

August 7: Bethany Schroyer

August 14: Libby Abbas

May 28 – Deadline for baseball, softball & reduced rate pool passes

The registration deadline for Decorah Parks & Recreation baseball and softball programs and reduced rate pool passes is Friday, May 28.

Registration can be completed and pool passes can be purchased online or in the Park-Rec Office.

Blake Moen named Superintendent of Recreation & Aquatics

Blake Moen begins his position as Superintendent of Recreation and Aquatics with Decorah Parks and Recreation May 4, 2021. Blake is a Decorah High School and Luther College graduate who will oversee the Decorah Municipal Pool and recreational programming. Blake joins the staff just in time for summer registration which began May 3, 2021.

Summer Registration Begins May 3

Registration for Decorah Parks and Recreation for summer programs, activities, swim lessons and pool passes begins at 8:00am Monday, May 3. Registration can be completed online using credit/debit card or in the Park-Rec Office using cash or check.

The Decorah Municipal Swimming Pool will open for the season Tuesday, June 1. Swim pool passes can be purchased for a reduced rate through Friday, May 28. More information including hours, daily admission fees, lap swim, water walking and aquacise classes can be found on the Swimming Pool Website.

Swim lessons begin the week of June 14. Additional information regarding swim lessons is available as a pdf or can be viewed on our Learn to Swim Webpage (for children ages 5 & older) or our Parent-Infant/Toddler & Preschool Webpage (for children ages 3 months thru 4 years old).

Recreation programs and activities begin the week of June 7. A complete list of recreation programs and activities is available as a pdf or can be viewed online. Please note that children registering for summer programs and activities should register based on their grade level during the 2020-2021 school year.

Swim lesson and recreation classes are filled on a first come first served basis, register early for best availability.

The Decorah City Council rescinded Ordinance 1257 Mandating the use of face coverings in public places. This will be effective upon publication Thursday, May 27, 2021. In lieu of this, Decorah Parks and Recreation no longer requires the use of face coverings when participating in Decorah Parks & Recreation programs and events. The Decorah Parks & Recreation Board recommends continued use of face coverings for those who have not received the COVID19 vaccination per CDC guidelines.