The Decorah Public Library, the Decorah Community School District, and the Decorah Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a BookWalk Friday, January 15 thru Sunday, January 24.
A BookWalk is a fun way to read while enjoying the outdoors. This month’s story is Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester. Pages of the book will be posted beginning on the trail just south of the 5th Ave Bridge and across from Will Baker Athletic Fields in Decorah. The story will continue traveling south along the trail to and around Pulpit Rock Campground.
The BookWalk is free, open to the public, and does not require registration. The story is available in both English and Spanish.
Participants can be entered in a drawing to win a $25 gift card to Cardboard Robot if they fill out this online survey after completing the BookWalk!
Sharp Shooters, Hoopsters and Adult Volleyball Leagues that were suspended in mid-November due to COVID-19 regulations will resume in January.
Women’s Volleyball League will resume Wednesday, January 6. Sharp Shooters Basketball will resume Saturday, January 9. Coed Volleyball will resume Sunday, January 10. Hoopsters Basketball will resume Monday, January 11.
Participants in Sharp Shooters and Hoopsters should check their email for additional information. Participants in Adult Volleyball Leagues should check with their team captain for additional information.
For further information please contact the Decorah Parks & Recreation Office at 563-382-4158.
Ring in the New Year at home! Decorah Parks & Recreation is creating a bag of supplies for families to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home. The bag will include crafts and activities for indoors and outdoors to help make New Year’s a special celebration amidst a year that has been unlike any other.
Families wishing to participate should register their children (bags are geared for ages 2-10 years) online by Wednesday, December 16. New Year’s Eve at Home bags will be available for families to pick up 8am-5pm Tuesday, December 29 outside the Park-Rec Office.
There is no cost to participate in this program, but a box for free will donations will be set up outside the Park-Rec Office throughout pick-up day. Funds received will be used to support this and future free activities offered by Decorah Parks & Recreation. If you have questions please contact the Park-Rec Office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling 563-382-4158.
Free Event for Adults with Special Needs
Decorah Parks & Recreation is hosting a Get-2-Gether (G2G) Drive Thru Santa Event for adults with special needs Saturday, December 19, 10:00-11:30am outside the Spectrum Network Kitchen at 200 Railroad Street, Decorah. Adults with special needs are invited to stop outside of Spectrum Network in Decorah to greet Santa and receive a small goodie bag. Participants should stay in their vehicles. This is a free event, but participants must register online at http://www.get2g.com/ or by calling the Park-Rec Office (563-382-4158) by Thursday, December 17.
Decorah Parks and Recreation hosted a series of free, self-guided, outdoor events Thanksgiving weekend! This included a Turkey Trot (5k and 1 mile loop) in the Decorah Community Prairie, a Fun Fact walk along Ice Cave Road and River Trail, a Downtown Turkey Hunt, and a Carlson Park Adventure. All activities were set up and available for participants to complete Thursday, November 26 thru Sunday, November 29. All participants were entered in a drawing to win Chamber Dollars, which can be used at local Decorah businesses.
Nearly 200 individuals participated in the Thanksgiving Adventure Series. Prize winners were selected at random and are listed below.
Aiden & Everly
Barry, Olivia & Spencer
Kayla, Jenny, Julie & Bob
Gregg, Karen, Kyle & Kate
Thanks to all who participated and a special congratulations to the drawing prize winners!
Decorah Parks and Recreation is hosting a series of free, self-guided, outdoor events Thanksgiving weekend! This includes a Turkey Trot (5k and 1 mile loop) in the Decorah Community Prairie, a Fun Fact walk along Ice Cave Road and River Trail, a Downtown Turkey Hunt, and a Carlson Park Adventure. All activities will be set up and available for participants to complete Thursday, November 26 thru Sunday, November 29. Participants are eligible for drawing prizes.
Run or walk the 5k or 1-mile loop that we have marked out in the Decorah Community Prairie. This can be a fun challenge for individuals or for your entire household. The Decorah Community Prairie is located at the south end of Ohio Street (over the levy) in Decorah. Click here to submit your run/walk or send a picture of you during your turkey trot to email@example.com to be entered in a drawing to win a prize.
Fun Fact Turkey Walk
Find the turkeys on the trail as you walk Ice Cave Road and River Trail. Park in the gravel lot on the south side of Ice Cave Road near Palisades Park. Head west on Ice Cave Road until you reach the gravel parking lot on the south side of Ice Cave Road (near Dunning’s Spring Park) From there travel east on River Trail and follow the trail to return to where you parked. Read the signs along the route and you’ll be sure to learn something about turkeys that you never knew before. Look for a sign on the trail with instructions for your chance to win a drawing prize.
Downtown Turkey Hunt
Stroll downtown and see how many paper turkeys you can find in the storefront windows of local businesses. Be sure to walk the sidewalks on both the north side and south side of water street so you don’t miss any. For an added challenge see if you can figure out what all of the businesses with turkeys in the storefronts have in common. Click here to let us know how many turkeys you spotted and what you think the businesses with turkeys have in common. All participants will be entered in a drawing to win a prize.
Carlson Park Turkey Adventure
Challenge yourself and walk the loop at Carlson park. You’ll find turkeys with activities for you to complete throughout your walking adventure. Carlson Park is one of Decorah’s newest parks and is located adjacent to St. Benedict Cemetery on Pleasant Avenue heading south towards the Fish Hatchery. The park currently includes a 2-mile grass loop through the park. Look for a sign on the trail with instructions for your chance to win a drawing prize.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 563-382-4158 to setup arrange a pick up time.
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 – 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.
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.
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.
Challenge yourself to continue walking and enjoy the outdoors!
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.