Decorah Parks and Recreation is working to continue to serve kids and families during this time of social distancing by regularly posting ‘Activities from a Distance’ on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DecorahParkRec/) and website (https://parks.decorahia.org/). Activities from a Distance will include ideas of games and activities for kids and families to enjoy at home, which hopefully will help families in the community during this unprecedented time.
A sample post of Activities at a Distance can be seen below.
Decorah Parks & Recreation is accepting registrations for the spring programs listed below.
Soccer (ages 3 thru 7th grade)
Active in the Outdoors (grades Kindergarten thru 2nd)
Easter Egg Hunt (ages 8 & under)
School’s Out, We’re In (ages 5 thru 8)
Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championship (ages 7 thru 14)
Taekwondo (ages 4 & up)
Softball Leagues (adult men’s & coed slowpitch)
Registration can be completed online at https://decorahparkrec.activityreg.com/selectactivity_t2.wcs or in the Park-Rec Office. For additional information please call the Decorah Parks & Recreation Office at 563-382-4158.
Decorah Parks and Recreation will begin taking reservations for picnic shelters and Whalen Cabin for the 2020 season on Thursday, 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: $50/time slot–11am to 4 pm or 5 to 10 pm; rental for all day is $70. 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.
Participants in the two Biddy BB leagues (Pee Wee 3-4 yrs and Kinder 5-6 yrs) will learn the basic fundamentals of basketball and enjoy actual team competition. Teams are grouped according to age and game rules are modified to accommodate the lower ages and skill levels. Small baskets, balls and fun teaching techniques are used with special emphasis on sportsmanship. Each Saturday consists of a skills session followed by a game. This program meets in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym on Saturday mornings, January 18 thru February 8. PARENTS: Two volunteer coaches are needed for each team. Park-Rec. staff will also assist with this program. If you are willing to coach, please include your name and shirt size when registering your child. REGISTRATION FEE: $20 (includes shirt). Register online or in the Park-Rec. Office. Credit and debit cards are only accepted online.
This program for 5th thru 8th graders is held at Oneota Lanes on Saturdays, January 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Participants will bowl two games during each class time with some instruction provided. In addition, youth in this program will be allowed to bowl for a cost of $2 per game throughout the 2020 calendar year. Registration fee is $25 (lane & shoe rental included). Register online or in the Park-Rec. Office. Credit and debit cards are only accepted online.
156 people participated in the 37th Annual Decorah Park-Rec. Turkey Shoot on Tuesday, November 12. 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, and Total Tree Care. Turkey and drawing winners should pick up their certificate or prize at the Park-Rec. Office by Monday, November 18.
Turkey Winners were Megan & Eli Lyon, Bryan & Beckham Panos, Derek & Elena Thompson, Brian & Grady Huinker, Joe & Maggie Gavle, Mike & Oliver Bollinger, Brent & Claire Storhoff, Matt & Cade Olson, Jon & Jacob Pipho, Larry & Cohen Berland.
Prize Winners were Mitch & Brady Benzing, Jesse & Crosby Butler, Gregg & Kyle Pattison, Lori & Carter Rissman, Kerbie & Tate Dahlen, Megan & Levi Sherman, Mike & Adeline Bollinger, Doug & EmilyGrace Bryce, Sarah & Isaiah Harman, Tadd & Natalie Schutte, Josh & Cora Giddings, Tova Brandt & Emmett Olson, Amanda & Anna Bailey, Matt Kuempel & Kelley Gates, Dan & Tyler Shaw.
The “shoot” will be held in the DHS Main Gym on Tuesday, November 12, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. 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 13. This is a free event–just show up! SPONSORS: Turkeys provided by DECORAH FAREWAY. Drawing prizes provided by DECO PRODUCTS COMPANY, THE FAMILY TABLE, and TOTAL TREE CARE.
The deadline for two Decorah Park-Rec. youth basketball leagues is Friday, October 18. You may register online or register in person at the Park-Rec. Office. Credit and debit cards are only accepted online.
Sharp Shooters is for boys and girls in grades 1st thru 3rd and is held in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym on Saturday mornings, November 9 thru December 7. Registration fee is $25 per child and includes a reversible jersey.
Hoopsters is for boys and girls in grades 4th thru 6th and is held in the Middle School Gym on Saturday mornings, November 2 thru December 7. Registration fee is $30 per child and includes a reversible jersey.
For more information, go to https://parks.decorahia.org or call (563) 382-4158.