Hoopsters, Sharp Shooters, and Adult Volleyball Leagues Suspended

Decorah Parks and Recreation staff follow the direction of state and local authorities and will work to determine if alternative programming dates are an option in the future. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented time.  If you have questions or concerns please reach out to us by emailing parkrec@decorahia.org or by calling the Park-Rec Office at 563-382-4158.

Click here for the Governor’s Proclamation.

Turkey Shoot Winners Announced!

November 4, 2020 – News Release:  Turkey Shoot Results
76 people participated in the 38th Annual Decorah Park-Rec. Turkey Shoot on Tuesday, November 3.  This parent-child free throw contest was held in the high school gym.  There were 10 age categories (combined ages of parent and child) and a turkey was awarded to the top scoring team in each category.  Turkeys were provided by Decorah Fareway and other prizes by Deco Products Company, The Family Table, Oneota Valley Family Eye Care, and T-Bocks Sports Bar & Grill.  Turkey and drawing winners listed below should pick up their certificate or prize in front of City Hall Thursday, November 5, 8am-5pm. Winners that are unable to pick up their prize November 5, should email recreation@decorahia.org or call 563-382-4158 to setup arrange a pick up time.

Turkey Winners

38 & under: Megan and Ada Lyon

39-41: Andrew and Brandon Bailey

42-22: Bryan and Beckham Panos

45-47: Tadd and Harper Schutte

48-50: Amanda and Payge Webb

51-53: Brian and Grace Huinker

54-56: Jonathan and Mark Bean

57-79: Scott and Noah Milburn

60-62: Gregg and Kyle Pattison

63 & over: Jerry & Will Robinson


Drawing Prize Winners

Zac and Pater Robinson

Tadd and Natalie Schutte

Erick and Fitzgerald Kephart

Brian and Grady Huinker

Josh and Cora Giddings

Tristan and Kurt Hanson

Scott and Dawson Irons

Joe and Elsey Gavle

Kathy and Kyan Oftedahl

Curly and Draiden Todd

Nick and Carter Rissman

Michael Bean and Shirley Zaft

Pop Up Adventure: Decorah Community Prairie Oct 30 thru Nov 1

Pop Up Adventure: Decorah Community Prairie – Outdoor fun for all ages

Your Decorah Community Prairie Adventure awaits! Pumpkin signs will be placed along the trails in the prairie. Signs include activities for kids and fun facts for adults. Make your adventure a little more thrilling by heading out after dark with a flashlight or under the full moon on October 31.

This is a free self-guided event. No registration will be taken. Pumpkin signs will be on the trails Friday, October 30 thru Sunday, November 1. Participants should head to the Decorah Community Prairie at the south end of Ohio Street, choose a trail to explore and enjoy their outdoor adventure.

Turkey Shoot November 3

This free event will be held Tuesday, November 3, 6:30-8:00pm in the Decorah High School Main Gym. No need to register, just show up!

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.

Please note, in accordance with the city mask mandate, face masks must be worn by all participants upon entering the High School and at all times while in the facility. 

This event is sponsored by Fareway Stores (Decorah, IA), Deco Products, Oneota Valley Family Eye Care, T-Bock’s Sports Bar & Grill, and Family Table Decorah.

Youth Basketball Registration due Mon, Oct 26

Registration for youth basketball programs (1st-6th grade) and adult volleyball leagues is now open and can be completed online.

Please note participants, coaches, volunteers, spectators, and anyone who enters school facilities must wear masks at all times, including while participating in Decorah Parks and Recreation programs. 

Sharp Shooters Basketball (1st-3rd grades) will be held in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym on Saturday mornings, November 7 thru December 12.  Participants will be divided into groups based on grade level and each participant will be assigned to attend five 45-minute sessions. All sessions will be held Saturday mornings between 8:00am and 1:00pm. Registration due Monday, October 26.

Hoopsters Basketball (4th-6th grades) will be held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning November 9 and running through December 7. Participants will be divided into groups based on grade level and each participant will be assigned to attend six 45-minute sessions (6:00-6:45pm or 7:00-7:45pm). Registration due Monday, October 26.

Adult Women’s Volleyball: Matches are played in the evenings in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym. A and B divisions. League play is Wednesdays starting November 4. Registration due Friday, October 23.

Adult Coed Volleyball: Matches are played in the evenings in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym. League play is Sundays starting November 8. Registration due Friday, October 23.


Carlson Park Community Input

Thank you to the community for your tremendous support and feedback at the Carlson Park open house events Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3.

Carlson Park is a 110 acre gift to the Decorah Parks System from the Rick and David Carlson Families. Public access to the park is located adjacent to St. Benedict Cemetery on Pleasant Avenue heading south towards the Fish Hatchery. Suggestions and comments for this new park area may be submitted by electronic survey through Sunday, October 11, 2020.

Decorah Parks & Recreation hosted Iowa Healthiest State Walk Wednesday, October 7

Over 100 individuals participated in Decorah’s first Iowa Healthiest State walk October 7, 2020!
Congratulations to all who participated and a special congratulations to our drawing prize winners listed below.
Dave Hobbs
Emily Falck
Cheryl Pellet
Kristi Armour
Elizabeth Lesser
Challenge yourself to continue walking and enjoy the outdoors!

Mini Grant Recipient

Decorah Parks & Recreation was named a recipient of the 2020 Iowa Parks & Recreation Association Community Walk Mini Grant in partnership with the Healthiest Sate Initiative.  Decorah is one of four grant recipients throughout the state of Iowa. 

Flag Football & Spikesters Volleyball Registration due Tuesday, September 8

Decorah Parks and Recreation will offer Flag Football and Spikesters volleyball beginning in mid-September. The registration deadline for both programs is Tuesday, September 8 and can be completed online.

Flag Football is open to students in 1st thru 6th grade. Participants will be assigned a team and will play Saturday mornings, September 19 thru October 17. Saturday mornings will include a short practice followed by a game. Due to COVID-19 participants will receive team masks instead of team shirts for the 2020 season. Participants must wear masks throughout the program. Participants may pick up schedules and their team masks Thursday, September 17, 8:00am – 1:00pm outside the Decorah Municipal Building.

Spikesters Volleyball is open to students in 3rd thru 6th grade. This program will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings September 17 thru October 1. Schedules will be sent to participants after registration is complete.  Due to COVID-19 this program will be held at the outdoor sand volleyball court near Whalen Cabin in Phelps Park and participants will receive team masks instead of team shirts for the 2020 season. Participants must wear masks throughout the program.

Please note, Flag Football and Spikesters Volleyball will be suspended if Decorah Public Schools suspends in person classes and moves to online only learning due to COVID-19.

Decorah City Council Passes Face Covering Ordinance

Friday, August 21st, the Decorah City Council approved the second reading and approved waiving the third reading of Ordinance 1257 This ordinance mandates the use of face coverings in public places within the city limits of the City of Decorah. The ordinance was signed by the Mayor and published August 27th. As of August 27th, 2020 the ordinance is in effect. For more information and to read the full ordinance click here.

Decorah Municipal Pool Closing in August

The Decorah Municipal Swimming Pool will close for the season in August. The last day of public swim will be Friday, August 21.

The Decorah Municipal Pool remains open to those 18 and older for adult lap swim and water walking hours the week of August 24-30.

Lap Swim & Water Walking Hours

Monday thru Friday: 6:45-7:35am, 11:00-11:50am and 12:00-12:50pm.

Saturday & Sunday: 11:00-11:50am & 12:00-12:50pm.

Due to limited end of season hours we recommend you call the Park-Rec Office (563-382-4158) 24 hours in advance or by 12pm Friday for weekend lap swim to ensure lane availability. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

Cost for lap swim & water walking is the same as daily admission. $5 for those ages 18-64 and $4 for those ages 65 and older.

The 2020 pool season was unique. We appreciate the patrons and community members that helped make this season a success.