G2G St. Patrick’s Day Party

Adults with special needs are invited to join the Luther College Men’s Soccer Team for a St. Patrick’s Day Party on Saturday, March 17, 2-4pm at the UCC Church (209 W Broadway St.) in Decorah. This event will feature music by Tom Hauber, games, crafts, bingo, a photo booth, snacks, and Culver’s custard. Participants are encouraged to wear green and dress in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.


This is a free event that is made possible through sponsors and community donations, but registration is required. Participants should register for this event by Wednesday, March 14, 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 or parkrec@decorahia.org.

Free Tree Workshops

The Decorah Tree Board , the Iowa State University Extension Office, Trees Foreever, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are hosting two free workshops.

Ash Trees and Emerald Ash Borer – Learn to identify Ash trees on your property and how to look for signs of Emerald Ash Borer.  Volunteers will also answer your questions & Concerns. 6pm Tuesday, February 27th in the City Hall Council Chambers. Led by Emma Hannigan

Pruning and Tree Care 101 – Learn the basic pruning techniques to help keep your trees healthy. Hands on lesson and practice on young trees. 6pm Monday, March 12 in the Decorah Parks & Recreation Maintenance Shop near Whalen Cabin. Led by Meredith Borchardt.

Free Fly Fishing Workshop – Sat, Feb 10

Join us in the Decorah High School gym Saturday, Feberuay 10, 10am-12noon for this free event!

This workshop is free and open to anglers of all ages and levels of experience. 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Local casting instructors will discuss equipment, demonstrate basic casts, and work with participants on their fly casting skills. Fly tying demonstrations will also be available.

The Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Decorah Parks & Recreation, and Winneshiek County Conservation will co-host this free workshop. No registration required, just show up.

The Great Inflate & Pancake Breakfast

Join us for our FIRST EVER inflatable event 10am-2pm Saturday, February 24 in the Decorah High School gyms!

Participants can bounce, climb, slide, and run through 7 over-sized inflatables. This event features obstacle courses, a giant slide, toddler zone, and other inflatables provided by KidAgain Inflatable Fun Shows out of La Crosse. The Lions Club will be providing a pancake breakfast for a free will offering that will support the Tree Bank and reforesting Decorah’s parks. The Tree Board will also be available to answer questions and share information.

Registration is taken at the event, but forms can be filled out ahead of time and brought with you to speed up the process on the day of the event.  Click here to download a registration form. Cost is $5 per participant. Observers are free.

This event is sponsored by Deco ProductsGundersen Health System, The Family Table Decorah, and Viking State Bank & Trust

For additional information click here  or contact us via email (parkrec@decorahia.org) or by phone, 563-3824158.

Ice Rink Opens at 1pm Thursday, December 28

The ice rink and warming house will open for the season at 1pm Thursday, December 28. The ice rink is always open for skating throughout the winter except when the ‘Stay Off Ice’ sign is posted. The Wayside Warming House is open and staffed throughout the season during the hours specified below.

Wayside Warming House Hours

Monday – Thursday     3:00pm-7:00pm

Friday                             3:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday                         1:00pm – 9:00pm

Sunday                            1:00pm – 7:00pm

Please Note: On no school days the warming house opens at 1pm.

2018 Picnic Shelter & Whalen Cabin Reservations begin January 2

Decorah Parks and Recreation will begin taking 2018 reservations on Tuesday, January 2, at 8:00 am.  Each shelter reservation within the Decorah Parks System covers a 6-hour time period and costs $10. Reservations for Monday thru Thursday must be made and paid for 24 hours in advance; reservations for weekends must be made and paid for by 5 pm the Thursday before the desired weekend.  This is a reservation fee, not a user’s fee.  Shelters not posted with a reserved sign may be used on a first come, first served basis.  Whalen Cabin, located in Phelps Park, may be rented at the following rates:  $40/time slot–11am to 4 pm or 5 to 10 pm; rental for all day is $55.  Key must be picked up and rental agreement signed by 5 pm Thursday if a weekend rental, 24 hours in advance if renting Monday thru Thursday.  Fees are non-refundable unless canceled two weekdays in advance.  Scout troops may use the cabin at no cost, however reservations must be made in advance.



Free New Year’s Eve Bash

Decorah Parks & Recreation is hosting a free New Year’s Eve Bash 6:30-10:30pm on Sunday, December 31 in the Luther College Regents Center. 

This event is sponsored by Decorah Bank & Trust and Gundersen Health System and features fun activities for the whole family including open indoor swimming, a bouncy house, basketball, football, tennis, racquetball, and pickleball. The New Year’s Eve Bash is free and open to the public with no registration required.

Pizza, Gatorade, water and other food items will be available for purchase at the concession stand.

Please contact the Decorah Parks & Recreation Office via email, parkrec@decorahia.org or by phone, (563)382-4158 with any questions.


Family & 5th-8th Grade Open Basketball – Free Activity

Family Open Basketball – a free drop-in activity for 4th grade and under with a parent
This is an opportunity for kids and parents to get out of the house and enjoy some unstructured basketball play time in the gym. Little Tykes hoops and basketballs will be available for younger kids. Baskets will be lowered to 8 and 9 feet for those that are a bit older. This activity will be in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym (enter through the north doors) on Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, November 11 thru February 17. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Click here for the complete Family Open Basketball schedule.

5th-8th grade Open Basketball– a free drop-in activity
Open basketball play for Decorah 5th thru 8th grade students in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym (enter through the north doors) on Sundays and “no school” days, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, November 12 thru February 18. Click here for the complete 5th-8th grade Open Basketball schedule.

Palisades Park Closed to Vehicle Traffic

The road through Palisades Park is closed to vehicle traffic for the season. Pedestrians may continue to visit the park and use its trail system. For more information about Decorah’s park system visit https://parks.decorahia.org/decorah-parks.

Dug Road Closed for Repair

Photo of construction equipment and trail closed sign.


Dug Road is closed to all users.

Repairs have begun on the Dug Road portion of the Trout Run Trail. The Dug Road section of the trail will be closed until work is complete. Thank you for your patience during construction.