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.

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.