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.

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.

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.

Decorah Park-Rec Soccer Registration

The deadline to register for Decorah Park-Rec. Youth Soccer Leagues is Monday, March 22.  League Divisions are Pee Wee Coed (3-4 yrs), Kinder Coed (5-6 yrs), 1st-2nd Boys, 3rd-4th Boys, 1st-2nd Girls, 3rd-4th Girls, and 5th thru 7th Coed.  All games are held at the Will Baker Athletic Fields.

Pee Wee Coed Soccer League is held Saturday mornings, April 24 thru May 15, and the cost per child is $20 (which includes a t-shirt).  All other leagues are held Saturday mornings, April 10 thru May 15, and the cost per child is $25 (which includes a t-shirt).  All players will be required to wear shin guards which Park-Rec. provides at the fields.  Masks must be worn by participants, coaches, and staff at all times.

For more information and to register online, go to https://parks.decorahia.org and click on the Online Registration & Activities Info button.  Credit and debit card payments are only accepted online.

Registration may be made in person at the Park-Rec Office using cash or check.

Decorah Park-Rec. Easter Egg Hunt

Decorah Parks & Recreation’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the Will Baker Athletic Fields on Sunday, March 28, beginning promptly at 3 pm.  Children 8 years and under are invited to participate and find plastic eggs filled with candy or prizes.  They will also receive a participation gift at the close of the Hunt.  The Easter Bunny will be there, so bring your cameras!

The deadline to register for the Decorah Park-Rec. Easter Egg Hunt is Friday, March 19.  The $4 per child fee must be paid in person at the Park-Rec. Office located at the Decorah Municipal Center.  There is a signup sheet/waiver for this event and each child who registers receives an official Easter basket which is their ticket into the Hunt.

Biddy Basketball Jamboree

Decorah Parks and Recreation is hosting a Biddy Basketball Jamboree for children ages three thru six in the Carrie Lee Gymnasium. Children ages three and four may sign up to participate in one 30 minute session Saturday morning, February 27 and children ages five and six may sign up to participate in one half hour session Sunday afternoon, February 28. All children must participate with a parent/guardian/adult. Park-Rec staff will introduce participants to basic fundamentals of basketball using fun teaching techniques.

Each session is limited to a maximum of 15 children. Attendance is limited to the registered participant and one adult. Spectators are not permitted due to COVID-19, and to ensure adequate space for program participants. Children, parents, coaches, volunteers, and anyone who enters school facilities must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth at all times, including while participating in the Jamboree. Cost is $5 per participant. Registration is due Friday, February 19. Registration may be completed online or in the Park-Rec Office.  Please note, this program will be suspended if school is suspended or moves to remote only learning due to COVID-19.

2021 Whalen and Shelter Reservations Information

2021 Whalen Cabin and picnic shelter reservation requests may be made by phone beginning Monday, January 4, at 8 am.  Reservation requests must be made by calling  563-382-4158 and leaving a message with your name, phone number, date and reservation request.  Phone calls and messages will be returned in the order they are received.  Messages received before 8 am on January 4 will not be considered. Walk-in and email requests will also not be considered on January 4.

Decorah Park-Rec Offers New Year’s Eve at Home Program

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 ([email protected]) or by calling 563-382-4158.

Decorah Park-Rec Begins Fire Pit Reservation Program

Warm Places in Outdoor Spaces: Fire Pit Reservation Program

Decorah Parks and Recreation is now offering a reservation program for fire pits at Phelps Park Shelter #1, Whalen Cabin, Will Baker Park, and Upper Twin Springs Park.   Firewood will be provided; patrons should bring their own chairs and are responsible for starting and extinguishing the fire.  Fire pits are available 7 days a week, but all reservations must be made Monday thru Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm, by calling the Park-Rec. Office at (563) 382-4158.

There is no reservation fee, but patrons are encouraged to make a free will donation to support the Decorah Parks System.  A cash donation or check payable to Decorah Park-Rec. may be put in an envelope addressed to Decorah Park-Rec. and dropped in the Water Bill Drop Off Slot at the front entrance of the Decorah Municipal Center.  You may also mail it to Decorah Park-Rec., PO Box 513, Decorah, IA 52101.

The 38th Annual Decorah Park-Rec. Turkey Shoot is November 3

The 38th Annual Decorah Park-Rec. Turkey Shoot will be held in the DHS Main Gym on Tuesday, November 3, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Please note that face masks must be worn by all individuals upon entering the high school and at all times while inside the building. 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. Winning teams will be posted on the Park-Rec. website and Facebook by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 4.  This is a free activity, just show up!  This event is sponsored by Decorah Fareway, Deco Products Company, T-Bocks Sports Bar & Grill and The Family Table.

Park-Rec. Youth Basketball & Adult Volleyball Registration Open

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.

 

Flag Football & Spikesters Volleyball Registration due Tuesday, September 8

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.

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