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:

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.

Free Event: Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championships – May 17

Kids racing on trackThe Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championships local track meet will be held at 4:30pm Monday, May 17, 2021 at the Decorah High School track. Youth ages 7 thru 14 as of December 31, 2021 are eligible to participate in this free event!

Registration is required and can be completed online. For a complete list of online registration instructions click here.

Registration can also be completed by filling out the PDF entry form and returning it to the Park-Rec Office no later than 5pm Friday, May 14.


1st place winners at the local meet will advance to the state championships in Marshalltown, Iowa on Saturday, June 19. More information is also available on the LIVE Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championship Website.


Garlic Mustard Awareness Week: April 11-17

Mayor Lorraine Borowski is declaring by proclamation: April 11-17 Garlic Mustard Awareness Week

Garlic mustard is an invasive plant that can take over our woodlands if it is not controlled.

Join Friends of the Park to learn about and help remove garlic mustard at the following events! For all events bring gloves, and a hand diggers or hoe if you have them. We’ll also have tools on hand.

Wednesday, April 14, 4-5pm: Dunning’s Spring parking lot on the south side of Ice Cave Rd.

Friday, April 16, 4-5pm: Palisades parking lot near where the paved road forks up towards Palisades Park.

Saturday, April 17, 10am-noon: Van Peenen parking lot off of Quarry Hill Rd.

Other outings are being planned before and after, and opportunities to adopt a plot will be provided. Please contact: Mary Lewis 563-202-4064 for further information.

Try eating the enemy (garlic mustard) at both La Rana and Rubaiyat during the week of April 11. Both restaurants will serve tasty offerings made from Garlic Mustard.

Prairie Burns Scheduled

Prescribed prairie burns will take place on parts of the Decorah Community Prairie. The burns will take place between April 12 and May 14.  Weather conditions are the major determination as to when the burns will take place. If you would like a notification of the exact day and time of the burns, please call the Park and Rec. office at 382-4158 and leave your phone number. We will try to notify you when the exact date and time are determined.

Prescribed burns are an effective resource management tool utilized to discourage the growth of weeds and woody vegetation while promoting the growth of desired native vegetation in prairie restoration sites.

Job Openings: Summer Lifeguards

Lifeguards in waterThe Decorah Parks and Recreation Department is looking for highly energetic, motivated, and responsible individuals to join our staff as lifeguards!

The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department is now taking applications for lifeguards for the 2021 pool season. The pool season runs mid-May through late-August and offers full and part-time lifeguard positions. For more information and to request an application contact the Decorah Parks and Recreation Office at 563-382-4158 or via email (

The Decorah Parks & Recreation Department is still working to finalize lifeguard certification dates.

Spring Off Road Trail Etiquette & Information

Spring weather has arrived and we are all ready to get outside and enjoy the trails, but unfortunately many off road trails are not ready for bike or foot traffic just yet. Each spring the off road trails go through freeze thaw cycles and walking or riding trails too early in the season can cause significant immediate as well as long term damage. This can also occur after rain, which results in muddy trails.

Decorah boasts a wonderful off road trail system. Please be mindful of trail conditions before heading walking, riding, or running on the trails, and please remember to stay on trails while you’re exploring.

For more information regarding freeze thaw cycles please visit this article by Decorah Human Powered Trails, which was published a few years ago, but is still equally relevant today.

Thanks for being respectful of the trail system and for monitoring trail conditions before you head out to explore!

Easter Egg Hunt – Sun, March 28

Children 8 years and under are invited to participate in Decorah Parks & Recreation’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, March 28th at 3:00pm at Will Baker Athletic Fields!

The Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 3:00pm and children will find a designated number of eggs filled with candy or prizes. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos and egg hunters will receive a participation gift at the close of the hunt. Masks should be worn when social distancing is not possible.

Registration for the Easter Egg Hunt must be completed in the Park-Rec Office by Friday, March 19. Cost is $4 per participant and must be paid with cash or check at time of registration.