Programs & Activities

Youth Sports (2017 – 2018)

Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championships
Friday, May 26th, 2017 at the high school track. Held in conjunction with the Winterset Middle School field day. Specific information and registration forms will be handed out at school. Top finishers of the meet advance to the State meet held June 10 in Marshalltown. No fee. Rain date is Tuesday, May 30.

Youth Blastball
Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21, and 28. Registration ends May 26. Girls and boys ages 3 & 4 (age determined on September 15, 2017). Beginning baseball/softball game. Held at Martin Marietta Fields – Softball Complex. Girls 9:00-9:45 am, boys 10:00-10:45 am. Fee $15.00.

Youth T-Ball
PRACTICE SESSIONS: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 6, 8, 13, 15 & 22. Girls & boys ages 5 & 6 (age determined on September 15, 2017). Youth develop beginning fundamentals of baseball /softball. Held at Martin-Marietta Softball Complex with two evening games held at Giffin Fields. Fee is $20 per child.  Age 5, 9:00 – 10:00 am, fee $20.00; age 6, 10:15 – 11:15 am, fee $20.00. GAME SESSIONS: Tuesday, June 20, 6:00 or 7:00 pm; Tuesday, June 27, 6:00 or 7:00 pm. Registration ends May 26.

Little Legends Golf Lessons
June 12th-16th at Lakeview Country Club. Boys and girls K-6th grade (16/17 school year). K-3rd from 9:00 to 10:00 am, 4th-6th from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Fee $49. Golf clubs, balls, instruction and other equipment is provided. Registration forms are available at the schools and the WPRD. Make checks payable to Little Legends Golf. Contact Brett West with questions, 515-577-7910.

Winterset Youth Golf Tourney
Friday, June 16th. Check in at 8:30 am, golf at 9:00. Fee $15. Held at Lakeview Country Club. Boys and girls, K-6th grade (16/17 school year). Event includes putting/chipping contest, hole prizes, adjusted golf format. Adult volunteers needed. Co-sponsored by WHS Golf Program, Winterset Optmist Club, Lakeview Country Club and the WPRD. Event included with Little Legends Golf Lessons. Registration ends June 2.

Winterset Junior Golf Tournament
Date to be determined. Check in from 8:00 to 8:30 am at Lakeview Country Club. Grades 6-8 (9 holes), fee $20.00. Grades 9-12 (18 holes), fee $25.00. Grades levels are for 16/17 school year. Adult volunteers are needed to assist with this event. Co-sponsored by the Winterset Optimist Club, Lakeview Country Club and the WPRD. Register online at activityreg.com, at the WPRD office or at LVCC. Registration ends on Thursday, June 30.

Youth Sports Camp
August 14th through the 17th. 10:00 am to Noon. Camp will be held at various parks in the city. Two different sports will be featured each day. Great way to get your little one active and to try different activities. Equipment and instruction will be provided for all activities. Registration ends July 28. Fee $30.

  • Mon, Aug. 14 at City Park North Shelter: Frisbee Golf and Boccee Ball
  • Tues, Aug. 15 at City Tennis Courts: Tennis and Soccer
  • Weds, Aug. 16 at Whistle Stop Park: Golf and Basketball
  • Thur, Aug. 17 at Martin Marietta Softball Complex: T-Ball and Flag Football

Youth Tennis Lessons
Boys and girls, grades 2 – 8. Fee $15.00.

  • Session I – beginner, grades 2, 3, 4. Tues. & Thurs., May 2, 4, 9 & 11 3:30 – 4:30 pm.
  • Session II – beginner, grades 3, 4, 5, 6. M-Th July 10-13, 8:45 – 9:45 am.
  • Session III – advanced beginner, grades 3, 4,5,6. M-Th July 10-13, 10:00-11:00 am.
  • Session IV – intermediate, grades 5, 6, 7, 8. M-Th July 17-20, 8:30 – 9:30 am.

Balls, racquets and instruction provided. Lessons held at city tennis courts. Pre-register at least 1 week in advance.

Winterset Tennis Rally
Wednesday, July 26. Boys and girls, grades 2 – 6. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at City Tennis Courts, no fee. A fun-filled day of tennis match play, games and contests. Prizes awarded. Balls, racquets and supervision provided. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a sack lunch and your swim suit. Free swimming at the aquatic center following the rally. Call or email to register.

Youth Fall Tennis Fun
August 22, 24, 29 and 31, 3:30 to 4:30, at City Tennis Courts. 2nd-4th grade boys and girls, fee $15.00. Basic skills are taught using fun drills and tennis games. Balls and racquets are provided. Registration ends August 19.

Youth Flag Football
August 28th to mid October at Martin Marietta Fields – Softball Complex. 2nd-4th grade boys and girls (2017/18 school year), fee $20.00. Participants are divided into teams with adult volunteer coaches. If YOU are interested in coaching, contact the WPRD. Games held primarily Monday evenings, practices determined by coaches. Registration ends August 18.

Girls Instructional Volleyball
September 12 to Oct. 19, Tuesdays and Thursdays. 5th and 6th grade girls. Fee $20.00. Held at Elementary gym. Program teaches fundamentals and provides an opportunity to play organized games. Registration ends Sept. 8.

Youth Basketball
November 4th through December 30th at the Junior High and Elementary gyms. 2nd – 6th grade boys and girls. Fee $20. Designed to teach proper fundamentals, have fun with friends and play games. Volunteer coaches guide teams. If you are interested in coaching, contact the WPRD. Registration ends October 20.

Turkey Toss
Saturday, November 18th at the High School gym. 9:00 am to noon, no fee. Child and parent form a team to compete in a free throw shooting contest. Three age groups for boys and girls: 3rd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, and high school. High score in each age group wins a free turkey.

Little Husky Basketball Clinic
Held 6 Saturdays in December/January at the Middle School Gym. Boys and girls grades K-1st. Fee $20 (no ball), $25 (with ball). Focus on dribbling, passing and shooting. Instruction provided by high school coaching staff and players. Registration ends 11/27.

Baseball Clinic
Held in early March (2018), after school at the hitting facility at the Elementary gym. 3rd-8th grade boys. Fee $15.00.  Includes an accuracy and speed contest on the last day. Instruction provided by the varsity baseball coaching staff. Registration ends February 16th.

Youth Activities (2017 – 2018)

Easter Egg Hunt in City Park (2017)
City Park North Shelter, Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11:00 am. Boys and girls up to nine years old. The Easter Bunny will be present! Sponsored by Madison County Realty.

Playground in the Park
For 3 to 8 year-old boys and girls, South Shelter at City Park. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10:00 to noon.

  • Playground I: June 26 – 29 Fee $30.00
  • Playground II: July 17 – 20 Fee $30.00
  • Playground III: August 7 – 11 Fee $30.00

Program includes crafts, stories, hikes, games, snacks and playground. One of the highlights is a group hike to Clark Tower on last day. Sack lunch needed on this day. Registration ends June 9.

Skateboarding Class
Keep an eye out for further information regarding a skateboarding class to be held in June at the NEW Winterset Skate Park. Exciting opportunity to learn about the basics of skateboarding. TBD.

Junior Fire Academy
July 10, 11 & 12, 9:00 am to noon, Winterset Fires Station. Boys and girls, 3rd-5th grade (as of 2016-17 school year). Fee $20.00. Learn about fire safety, fire fighting techniques and about the firemen’s equipment. Registration ends June 30. Limited to 15 participants.

Junior Police Academy
August 1, 2, 3, 4, from 10:00 am to Noon at the South Shelter in City Park (last day will be at Law Center). The Winterset Junior Police Academy is an opportunity for kids to learn about police training and related topics and is presented by officers of the Winterset Police Department. Cadets will experience activities including: physical agility training, fingerprinting, evidence collection, a K-9 demonstration, and more. Cadets will receive a Winterset Junior Police Academy T-shirt. Class size 16. Registration ends July 21.

Halloween Trick or Treat Night
Monday, October 30 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm on the Winterset Square, 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the community. Keep in mind: dress children in bright clothing, carry a blinking flashlight or other noticeable device. Be careful with full facial masks so as not to block the line of sight. Parents assist little ones. Drivers, follow all traffic signs, drive slowly, and look out for little ghouls!

Notes from the North Pole
Register child by December 8 to receive a letter from Santa. Letters mailed directly to your child with Santa’s name and return address on the envelope. Unique idea for all your nieces, nephews or grandchildren. Register at the WPRD office or call 515-462-3258. All boys and girls, no fee.

Snowman Building Contest
Join us on Saturday, December 30th. Come with friends, by yourself or bring your family out to the open field south of the city tennis courts from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and build your best snowman creation. Hot cocoa will be provided. Register by December 22. Fee $5.00.

Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance
Friday, February 9th at the Jackson Building from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. K-4th grade girls. Fee $30.00/couple, $10.00 per additional daughter. Fathers and daughters, grandfathers and granddaughters, uncles and nieces are all invited to join us for an evening of music, dancing and fun. A local photographer will be on hand to take your picture at an additional charge. Registration ends January 19, 2018. Space is limited to 150 young ladies. Register early!

Community Activities (2017 – 2018)

Easter Egg Hunt in City Park
City Park North Shelter, Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11:00 am. Boys and girls up to nine years old. The Easter Bunny will be present! Sponsored by Madison County Realty.

Movie Night in the Park
Friday, June 23, approximately 9:00 pm. North Shelter at City Park. All ages, no fee. Family fun with a movie in the park. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Movie sponsored by Madison County Realty. Register by Friday, June 9.

NEW! 2017 “First Friday” Concert Series at City Park
Concert series is held at the North Shelter area on three Friday evenings, June 2, July 7, and August 4. Beginning at 6:00 pm, food and favorite beverage served. Live music from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. There is no admission charge for the concert series. No carry-in beverages or food allowed. Watch for further information. Sponsored by Madison Co. Chamber of Commerce and WPRD.

Dive-In Movie Night
Saturday, August 12 at Winterset Aquatic Center. All ages. No fee. Swim from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, with movie at approximately 9:00 pm. Fun family evening of swimming followed by a movie at poolside. Movie sponsored by Madison County Realty. Register at the Aquatic Center by Friday, July 28.

Halloween Trick or Treat Night
Monday, October 30 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm on the Winterset Square, 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the community. Keep in mind: dress children in bright clothing, carry a blinking flashlight or other noticeable device. Be careful with full facial masks so as not to block the line of sight. Parents assist little ones. Drivers, follow all traffic signs, drive slowly, and look out for little ghouls!

Turkey Toss
Saturday, November 18th at the High School gym. 9:00 am to noon, no fee. Child and parent form a team to compete in a free throw shooting contest. Three age groups for boys and girls: 3rd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, and high school. High score in each age group wins a free turkey.

Notes from the North Pole
Register child by December 8 to receive a letter from Santa. Letters mailed directly to your child with Santa’s name and return address on the envelope. Unique idea for all your nieces, nephews or grandchildren. Register at the WPRD office or call 515-462-3258. All boys and girls, no fee.

8th Grade Introduction to Horseshoes
This program is a part of the 7th and 8th grade Physical Education curriculum. During three P.E. classes in September, the 8th grade students learn about the game of horseshoes and have an opportunity to pitch several shoes. Instructions, horseshoes and court preparations are provided by the WPRD.

Covered Bridge Horseshoe Tournament
Saturday, October 14th at Madison County Fairgrounds. Check in from 8:30 to 9:30 am. Pitching begins at 10:00 am. Fee $10.00. Sanctioned by the Iowa Hawkeye Horseshoe Pitchers Assn. Divisions are determined by ringer percentages. Persons who are not members of IHHPA will compete in open division.

Snowman Building Contest
Join us on Saturday, December 30th. Come with friends, by yourself or bring your family out to the open field south of the city tennis courts from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and build your best snowman creation. Hot cocoa will be provided. Register by December 22. Fee $5.00.

Outdoor Ice Rink
Is located on a grassy area adjacent to the tennis courts at 1201 W. Jefferson. The 50 X 100 ft. portable rink debuted in 2016/17. The rink will open when colder temperatures set in for the winter. We expect the rink to open, most winters, in early January. However, the rink opened on December 18 in 2016 and was well received by the community. As the winter weather arrives, watch for further information on the 2017-18 skating season — opening date, special activities such as hockey time, family skating, broom ball, lessons, skate rentals, hot chocolate and burn barrel, to name a few.

Cross Country Skiing in the Park
Are you looking for new ways to stay active in the winter? Here is a great opportunity to learn and try cross country skiing and to see the benefits of this wintertime activity. Open to all ages. Instruction and equipment will be provided. Call the WPRD by November 17 if you are interested in learning to cross country ski.

Ballroom Dancing Lessons
Lessons will be offered in January/February, 2018. Get out your dancing shoes and dance the winter blues away. Lessons will be held for one hour, one time a week. Watch for more information on this exciting opportunity to learn the basics of a few different ballroom dances such as the waltz, swing dancing and the fox trot. Class instructed by a professional ballroom dancer and instructor.

Skateboarding Class
Keep an eye out for further information regarding a skateboarding class to be held in June at the NEW Winterset Skate Park. Exciting opportunity to learn about the basics of skateboarding. TBD.

Adult Activities (2017 – 2018)

Adult Softball: Two leagues offered
1) Adult Coed (5 men and 5 women). Fee $250. Tuesday and Thursday evenings, May 9- July 20. Must be at least 18 and out of high school.
2) Coed Church (at least 3 women). Fee $125. Monday evenings May 8-June 12. Team members must be church members. All games are played at MM Fields Softball Complex. Anyone interested in forming a new team should contact the WPRD. Registration ends April 21.

Co-ed Adult Softball Tourney
Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6. Pool play with seeded single elimination tourney to follow. Contact Brad and Becky Porter at 515-491-1167 for registration forms, rules and questions. Limited to fist 16 teams. Registration ends April 21. Fee: $120 per team.

Adult Tennis
Adult men and women, Fee $10. Beginning in April a men’s and women’s Tennis Drop-in League is planned. Courts will be reserved for a couple hours one day per week for each league. Also, with enough interest a “tennis ladder” league for singles or doubles could be scheduled. To register or to provide feedback contact WPRD at 462-3258 or email jpletchette@cwmu.net.

Women’s Volleyball League
September 6th to Nov. 1st. Wednesday evenings at the Junior High Gym. Women 18 and older (out of high school). A league fee $125, B league fee $100. Two divisions of play offered. New teams are always welcome. Registration ends August 25.

Adult Basketball Open Gym
Wednesdays, Nov. 1 – April 4, 6:45 – 9:00 pm. Adults 18 and older (out of high school). No fee. High School Gym. For more information, contact WPRD.

Adult Co-Ed Volleyball Leagues
Wednesday evenings, Jan. 31 through April 4 at the Junior High Gym. Fee $125. Men and women 18 years and up, out of high school. Season begins in January with tourney finals played in April. Three men and three women make up a team. Captains meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 24, 2017. Registration ends January 12, 2017.

Fitness (2017 – 2018)

A Walk in the Park
Enjoy fresh air and natural beauty at City Park! Every mile walked/run by a sedentary person gives him/her an extra 21 minutes of life. For a longer distance and a little more rugged terrain, hike to Clark Tower (2 miles). Trail maps are available.

John Wayne 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at 9:00 am. Sponsored by the Winterset Rotary Club and Madison County Health Care System. Pre-registration is encouraged. Fee before May 1st: $25. After May 1st, $30. Day of race: $35. Fourteen age divisions offered with  medals. Benefits CRISP, Wildwood Hills Ranch and Healthy Kids Initiative. Contact Bob Kaldenberg at 515-462-4731, rakaldenberg@gmail.com. Registration forms also available at City Hall, or register online at www.getmeregistered.com.

Mayor’s Bike Ride
Saturday, June 4th, 2017. Check in at 8:00 am at the parking lot of the Winterset Aquatic Center. The ride will be to City Park and back. Purpose: to bring awareness for the need of a biking/jogging/walking trail. Co-sponsors: Winterset Police Department, Madison County Cycling Club and the WPRD. Kids wearing a helmet will receive a certificate for a free ice cream cone. No fee.

Yoga in the Park
Saturdays, June 3, 17, July 8, 29, and August 12, 2017. 9:30-10:30 am at North Shelter in City Park. fee $2.00. Bring a mat or towel and water. No registration for the class is required. Instructor is Melissa Dickhaut. Fee paid to the instructor on site.

BRAMCO Bike Ride: Annual Bike Ride Around Madison County
Saturday, June 10th, 2017 at 9:00 am at City Park North Shelter. Fee $25.00 ($30 for late registration). See www.madisoncountycycleclub.org. for registration forms and further information. Tip: register early to receive discount on fee. On-site registration is accepted beginning at 8:00 am. Cyclists will choose either a 45 mile or 60 mile route, all paved. Sponsored by the Madison County Cycle Club.

Lap Swim
Offered in the afternoon Monday thru Friday, 5:15 – 6:00pm beginning June 5, Winterset Aquatic Center. Morning lap swim is Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00-8:45 am June 20, 22, 27, and 29. If there is good attendance at the June morning times then July 11, 13, 18 and 20 from 7:00-7:45 am will be added. Swim from deep end to the double slide area. Purchase a season pass or pay $3.50 per day. Those interested to swim in the morning lap swim must call the pool to register. If no registrations, morning lap swim will not be held.

H2O Fit
Begins Monday, June 19 and ends Aug. 11. Classes are held M – TH from 5:15 – 6:00 pm at Winterset Aquatic Center. This popular, high-energy water aerobics class will help tone and sculpt your body with NO impact to your joints. Move to the rhythm of popular music and have fun while getting and invigorating workout. Combine Cardio intervals with water resistance, and may incorporate resistance tools. Classes are led by instructors from Kardio Kick Gym. Excellent for weight loss and body definition. Swimming skills not needed. Fees $90 unlimited, $65 – 16 classes, $50 – 10 classes or $6.00 per class. The cost to pay as you go is $6.00 / class. Rain days will be made up on some Fridays or at the end of the session. To purchase go to Kardio Kick Gym (1018 N 8th street), call Marsha 515-468-0795, or go online at kardiokickgym.com. Registration deadline is June 5.

16th Annual Cannonball Pump and Run
Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at Monumental Park (Cannonball Park), 201 W. Court Ave.  Fee $25. Check in from 6:30 to 7:00 am. Lifting starts at 7:00 am. 5K starts at 8:30 am. Fifteen age divisions offered with medals. Proceeds go to Winterset Rotary Scholarship fund and WHS Activity Fund. Register online at www.getmeregistered.com. Forms available at City Hall. Questions: Contact Bob Kaldenberg 515-462-4731 or rakaldenberg@gmail.com. Sponsored by Winterset Rotary club.

Annual Covered Bridge Race 4K & 8K Run/Walk
Saturday, October 14th at Winterset City Park. 8:45 am Children’s Race (fee $25/$30/$35), 9:00 am 4K/8K Run Walk ($15/$20/$35). Thirteen age divisions offered with medals. Sponsored by the Winterset Rotary Club for the benefit of the City Park Maze. Register online at www.getmeregistered.com. Questions: contact Bob Kaldenberg at 515-462-4731, rakaldeberg@gmail.com.

Cross Country Skiing in the Park
Are you looking for new ways to stay active in the winter? Here is a great opportunity to learn and try cross country skiing and to see the benefits of this wintertime activity. Open to all ages. Instruction and equipment will be provided. Call the WPRD by November 17 if you are interested in learning to cross country ski.

Winter Walking
The weather getting too cold to walk outside? Here are two opportunities to continue walking during the cold winter months. Monday through Friday (except when the bank is closed), 10:00 am to noon, upstairs at Farmers & Merchants State Bank. Enter side door off of 1st Avenue. You may also walk at Hy-Vee during regular business hours Monday through Sunday. Don’t let the winter cold keep you from getting in your daily walk.

Ballroom Dancing Lessons
Lessons will be offered in January/February, 2018. Get out your dancing shoes and dance the winter blues away. Lessons will be held for one hour, one time a week. Watch for more information on this exciting opportunity to learn the basics of a few different ballroom dances such as the waltz, swing dancing and the fox trot. Class instructed by a professional ballroom dancer and instructor.

Outdoor Ice Rink
Is located on a grassy area adjacent to the tennis courts at 1201 W. Jefferson. The 50 X 100 ft. portable rink debuted in 2016/17. The rink will open when colder temperatures set in for the winter. We expect the rink to open, most winters, in early January. However, the rink opened on December 18 in 2016 and was well received by the community. As the winter weather arrives, watch for further information on the 2017-18 skating season — opening date, special activities such as hockey time, family skating, broom ball, lessons, skate rentals, hot chocolate and burn barrel, to name a few.