208 East Main Street
Manchester, Iowa 52057
(563) 927-3636

Recreation

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NEW THIS YEAR: The Parks & Recreation Department is now offering ONLINE recreation program registration (excluding swim lessons). You can now register from the comfort of your home. Simply follow this link to access the online registration portal: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/CityofManchester0

The Parks & Recreation Department offers many recreation programs and special events……..something for everyone – toddlers, youth, adults and active seniors!

Registration forms are available at City Hall and online. The Parks & Recreation Department can also add your e-mail address to a database and information will be sent to you as classes become available. All registration forms must be completed, signed and fee paid in full before registration will be accepted. A parent or legal guardian must register any child under 18. All registrations must be returned to City Hall or completed online. There are no refunds after the first scheduled session unless cancelled by staff. Refunds prior to the first session are assessed a $5 processing fee.

Program Changes: The department reserves the right to cancel, postpone or modify programs due to weather, enrollment, or any unforeseen circumstance. Dates and times are subject to change.

  • Adult Recreation Programs
  • Youth Recreation Programs
  • Fun for All Ages
    • Adult & Co-Ed Volleyball
    • Basketball League (Men’s)
    • Cornhole League
    • Dodgeball League
    • Fitness & Yoga
    • Adult Volleyball Co-Ed & Women’s

      Get your team signed up for women’s or co-ed volleyball. Women play on Monday evenings, co-ed play on Wednesday evenings. Registration begins in October, leagues start in November. Must be 18+ and out of high school. All games take place at West Delaware Middle School gym.

      Cost: $150/team

      Please return registration and payment to City Hall, 208 E Main Street, Manchester, Iowa 52057.

      No registrations will be accepted after the schedule has been made.

      PLEASE CONTACT PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR DOUG FOLEY FOR A REGISTRATION FORM.

    • Basketball League

      This league is open to all males 18+ and out of high school. No college basketball players. Games are held on Sunday afternoons at the West Delaware High School Gym. Registration begins in October, the league starts in November.

      Cost: $250

      PLEASE CONTACT PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR DOUG FOLEY FOR A REGISTRATION FORM.

    • Cornhole League

      Cornhole…..bags…..bean bag toss…..baggo…. Call it what you want, either way it’s a tailgate classic. The Manchester Parks & Recreation Department and Del Co Fairgrounds have a league for all the backyard players.

      • Games start in January
      • Thursday Evenings at the Delaware County Fairgrounds Community Center
      • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
      • Men and women encouraged to play.
      • This is a low competition, fun league. There will be side games/contests each night.
      • Alcohol will be served at the Community Center.
      • Sign up at the City Office.

      PLEASE CONTACT PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR DOUG FOLEY FOR A REGISTRATION FORM.

    • Dodgeball League

      Everyone’s favorite playground game is back for another season.

      Manchester Parks & Recreation is once again offering a Dodgeball League. All players must be a registered freshman in highschool or older. So get your team together and warm up your arm……it’s dodgeball time!

      Wednesdays in March & April at the Delaware County Recreation Center. Cost is $75/team. Set up will depend on the number of teams entered.

      PLEASE CONTACT PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR DOUG FOLEY FOR A REGISTRATION FORM.

    • Fitness & Yoga Classes

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      Group Fitness Classes are offered year round. Classes will vary due to popularity and demand. Classes are a combination of step aerobics, kick boxing, and strength training. All classes will be held in the west room of the Delaware County Community Center.

      Yoga Classes are offered periodically throughout the year. Location to vary.
      Instructor: Julie Preussner

      Registration: For more information, please call 563.927.3636 or e-mail Parks & Recreation Director, Doug Foley.
      Cost: $5 per class. A 12-session punch card is available.

    • Baseball/Softball (Manchester Kids League)
    • Basketball Clinics
    • Broadway Kids
    • Day Camps
    • Flag Football
    • Football (Manchester Youth Football League)
    • Kids & Critters Camp
    • Soccer (Pee Wee)
    • Soccer (Youth Co-Ed)
    • Summer Reading Program
    • Swimming Lessons
    • Swim Team (Manchester Marlins)
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball
    • Learn to Ski
    • Baseball/Softball (Manchester Kids League)

      Please visit the following website for more information: mkl.baberuthonline.com.

    • Basketball Clinics (Winter)

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      Clinics are held in January

      • Girls, Grades 1 & 2
      • Boys, Grades 1 & 2

      YOUTH BASKETBALL (GRADES 3-6)
      Clinics are held in Fall & Winter

      • Girls, Grades 3 – 6
      • Boys, Grades 3 – 6

      All clinics are held at West Delaware Middle School

      • Offensive Skill Sessions
      • Ball Handling, passing, and shooting
      • Defensive Skill Sessions
      • Positioning and rebounding
      • Team Development & Play
      • T-Shirt
      • Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before the start of your session.

      COST: TBD, includes T-shirt

      Please mail form and money to:
      Rich McMahon / West Delaware Basketball Clinic
      236 Winslow Drive
      Manchester, IA 52057

      Players may sign up the first day of the clinic. Please send in your entry form as soon as possible in order for us to order the correct number of t-shirt sizes. Please call 563-920-7059 or 563-927-5048 for additional information.

      *Schedules subject to change based on number of participants

      REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN FALL/EARLY WINTER

    • Broadway Kids (Summer)

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      Join this group of young performers as they prepare for a performance at the WDHS Hanson Auditorium on the final evening.

      REGISTRATION OPENS: Spring NO PROGRAM LIMIT

      • Registrations taken daily, Monday through Friday, 8-4pm
      • Date: TBD
      • Ages: 8 – 12
      • Location: Hanson Auditorium, West Delaware High School
      • Time: 9am – 12pm
      • Fee: $45
      • Deadline: TBD
    • Day Camps (Summer)

      Day Camps are being offered through a partnership of the Delaware County ISU Extension Office, Manchester Regional Education Partnership (NICC/UIU), Delaware County Conservation and the City of Manchester Parks & Recreation Department. These programs offer hands-on activities meant to challenge skills. Classes may change from year to year. Please contact the Extension Office or Manchester Regional Education Partnership (MREP) for the most updated information.

      The ISU Extension Office also offers the following Youth Clubs: Archery Club, Fishing Club, Knitting, Crochet & Needlecraft, 4-H.

      For more information on these clubs or to join, please contact the ISU Extension Office at 563.927.4201.

    • Flag Football (Grades 1-4) (Fall)

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      This program stresses the basic fundamental football skills, team work, fair play, and good sportsmanship. Teams and games will be coached and officiated by parent volunteers.

      STARTS: Season tentatively begins in September (length determined by number of teams)
      LOCATION: Fields along East Acers Street, behind the WD Middle School
      FEE: $25.00
      DEADLINE: TBD

      1st & 2nd Grades:
      When: Saturdays and some Monday/Wednesday Evenings

      3rd & 4th Grades:
      When: Tuesday & Thursday Evenings


    • Football (Grades 5-6) Manchester Youth League (Summer/Fall)

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      The Manchester Youth Football League is a separate entity from the City of Manchester Parks & Recreation Department.

      This program is offered to kids completing grades 5 – 6.

      For more information on how to register and/or how to become involved with this league, please contact City Hall at 563.927.3636.

    • Kids & Critters Camp (Summer)

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      If your child likes animals, Kids and Critters Camp will be pawfect for him or her. The kids will learn about dogs, cats, and other critters, and about being a responsible pet owner through a variety of fun activities including stories, games, speakers, crafts, and snacks.

      Camp Mascot, Toshi Fiona Schreck, will be there to guide campers throughout the week.

      AGES: 7 – 12
      WHEN: June
      PLACE: Central Park & First Presbyterian Church, 312 E Butler Street
      TIME: 9:00am – Noon
      FEE: $25.00
      DEADLINE: TBD

    • Soccer (Pee Wee) (Summer)

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      Introductory skills to the fast paced game of soccer! Program emphasizes basic skills and teamwork. Program designed for youth completing Kindergarten.

      Sessions: Held in June
      Time: 10-11:00am
      Location: Seibert Park Field, 508 Quaker Mill Drive
      Fee: $15/session

    • Soccer (Youth Co-Ed Grades 1-8) (Summer)

      Youth completing grades 1-8. This recreational league will emphasize teamwork, sportsmanship and fun.

      Grades: 1st – 8th
      Dates: Begins mid-July
      Location: TBD
      Fee: $20
      Deadline: TBD

    • Summer Reading Program

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      No matter what your age or reading ability, the Manchester Public Library offers a summer reading program for you! Incentives are given for meeting reading goals, exciting programs will be offered, and as always, it’s FREE!

      Programs begin in June. For more detailed information, please contact the Manchester Public Library at 563.927.3719 or www.manchester.lib.ia.us.

    • Swimming Lessons (Summer)

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      Group & Private Swimming Lessons are offered by the Manchester Parks & Recreation Department. Classes are offered on different levels based on skill and age levels. All classes are taught by trained and certified American Red Cross instructors. Registrations for swimming lessons must be made in person, due to limited availability.

      Private lessons are available for those children or adults who prefer a one on one teaching situation. Private lessons are scheduled in 1/2 & 1 hour time slots. Times will vary. Private lessons will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

      Parent & Child Aquatics
      $30/child
      For children ages 6 months to 3 years. Classes are offered evenings, 5:15 – 5:45pm. Classes are 1/2 hour in length; a parent or other adult is required to be in the water at all times.

      Preschool Aquatics
      $30/child
      For children ages 4 to 5 years. Classes are offered 12:15-12:45pm and 5:15-5:45pm. Classes are 1/2 hour in length; a parent or other adult with child is optional.

      Levels 1 – 6
      $35/child
      Classes are 45 minutes in length. Lessons are offered between 9:00am – 12:00pm weekdays.

      Guard Start
      $35/swimmer
      Guard Start is a new program designed for kids aged 11-14 who are either finished with swim lessons and/or want to become a lifeguard when they turn 15 years old.

      For more detailed information on the Aquatic Center, please see the Aquatic Center tab under Parks & Recreation. You may also call the Manchester Parks & Recreation Department at 563.927.3636 or email the director at dfoley@manchester-ia.org.

    • Swim Team (Manchester Marlins)

      Please visit the following website for more information: Manchester Marlins Swim Team.

    • Tennis (Summer)

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      Lessons will focus on the skills and rules of the game of tennis. Program is offered to youth ages 8 years and older

      WHEN: Mid-summer
      PLACE: Tirrill Park Tennis Courts
      TIME: 9:00am – 10:00am (Ages 8-10), 10:00am – 11:00am (Ages 11+)
      FEE: $25.00, includes t-shirt
      DEADLINE: TBD

    • Volleyball (Grades 3-6) (Fall)

      Youth Volleyball stresses the basic fundamental volleyball skills, team work, fair play and good sportsmanship.

      AGES: 3rd – 6th Grade

      STARTS: September
      DAYS: Sunday afternoons
      TIME: 3rd Grade: 1:00 – 1:50pm | 4th Grade: 2:00 – 2:50pm | 5th & 6th Grades: 3:00 – 3:50pm
      LOCATION: West Delaware High School Upper Level Gymnasium
      FEE: $25/child
      DEADLINE: TBD

    • Hartwick Huskys

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      Husky Practices
      Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00pm – dark, May through August (Tuesday rain date)

      All Husky shows and practices are at Schram Pond and are free to the public. The Hartwick Huskys will also be offering three FREE Learn to Ski Programs. These programs are open to kids and adults of all skill levels. Whether you are an experienced skier or its youir first time, stop out and let the Huskys give you a free lesson! Just show up at Schram Park ready to go, no equipment necessary.

        Follow the Hartwick Huskys on Facebook

    • Adopt-A-Garden
    • Beckman Sports Complex
    • Bikeway Walkway
    • Christmas Lighting Tour
    • Delaware County Fair
    • Delaware County Recreation Center
    • Farmer’s Market
    • First Friday at 5
    • Franklin Street Movie Night
    • Golden Age Activity Center
    • Hartwick Huskys
    • Lost Island Consignment Tickets
    • Manchester Community Gardens
    • Manchester Day at the Kernels
    • Rhubarb on the River
    • Adopt-A-Park or Garden

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      Help assist the Parks Department this spring, summer and fall by adopting one of our parks or one of our many flower beds. Any individual, group, business or service club can adopt a park or flower bed for one or more years at a time. Simply contact the Parks & Recreation Director at 563-927-3636 if you are interested in finding out more about this great program.

    • Beckman Sports Complex

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      The Beckman Sports Complex is the home of the Manchester Kids League and West Delaware High School Baseball. The complex has been the host of several local and state tournaments. The facility has four fields available for use for softball and baseball games. There is a full service concession stand with restrooms and picnic shelter. Recently the complex added a broadcasting booth that can report on all fields. The complex is located close to West Delaware Middle School at the corner of Stiles and Acers Street.

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      Manchester Kids League Contact: Call City Hall at 563.927.3636 for contact information.

    • Bikeway Walkway

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      The City of Manchester is home to almost 3 miles of paved trails. The two longest trails are located on Acers/Stiles Street and Bailey/Brewer Streets. A trail is also located along the Maquoketa River from the West Marion Street bridge to Tirrill Park.

      Bikeway/Walkway Extension Projects
      Two trail extension projects took place in 2015. The trail that ended beneath the West Main Street bridge was extended along River Street to the north through Tirrill Park to the Aquatic Center.

      The second extension was added to the north side of the new portion of West Marion Street. The extension runs behind Corcoran Furniture and connects to the existing trail located by Walmart.

      Click here to view the Manchester Trail Map

    • Christmas Lighting Tour

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      Do you decorate your house or business with lights? How about a nativity scene? If so, you should join this contest. You can enter yourself, a friend, or if you see a house of business that does a great job decorating, let us know! Just contact Parks & Recreation Director, Doug Foley at 563.927.3636. All of the entries will be shown on the Lighting Tour.

      Tour of Christmas Lights
      All senior citizens, 60 years and older can join the tour for free! Special thanks to KMCH, F & M Bank and the Delaware County Senior Center for sponsoring the bus tour. Participants will also be treated to a free Chili Supper courtesy of the Golden Age Activity Center. Please call the Manchester Parks & Recreation Department at 563.927.3636 to register.

      WHEN: TBD
      TIME: Doors Open at 4:30pm (Tours Begin at 5:00pm)
      WHERE: Delaware County Senior Center (1208 W Marions Street)
      HOW: Reservations Required (563-927-3636)

    • Delaware County Fair

      Please visit the following website for more information: Delaware County Fair Website.

    • Delaware County Recreation Center

      Please visit the following website for more information: Delaware County Recreation Center Website.

    • Farmer’s Market

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      Shop Local! Stop down to the Manchester Farmer’s Market to get your fresh, locally grown produce, baked goods and other great products. The market is open Saturday mornings from 7-11:00am from the end of May through October.

      Located west of the Delaware County Courthouse, 100 block of South Tama Street.

    • First Friday at 5

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      Sponsored by the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce. Food, beer and music. Free entry. Please check with the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce for location and performers. June and August.

    • Franklin Street Movie Night

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      Stop down and join us in downtown Manchester to watch a family friendly movie on the BIG SCREEN!

      That’s right, a movie will be played right in the middle of South Franklin Street. Games & activities before the movie, food and drinks available. Bring a blanket and some chairs and get ready to enjoy!

      OUTDOOR MOVIE!
      WHERE: South Franklin Street
      WHEN: September starting at dusk (approximately 8:00pm)
      FREE ADMISSION! FREE POPCORN!
      …..And Prizes…..

    • Delaware County Senior Center

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      Located at 1208 West Marion Street, the Delaware County Senior Center offers a wide range of activities for senior citizens. The Delaware County Senior Center is a separate entity from the City of Manchester Parks & Recreation Department. For more information call 563.927.5473.

    • Hartwick Huskys

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      Husky Practices
      Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00pm – dark, May through August (Tuesday rain date)

      All Husky shows and practices are at Schram Pond and are free to the public. The Hartwick Huskys will also be offering three FREE Learn to SKi Programs. These programs are open to kids and adults of all skill levels. Whether you are an experienced skier or its youir first time, stop out and let the Huskys give you a free lesson! Just show up at Schram Park ready to go, no equipment necessary.

        Follow the Hartwick Huskys on Facebook

    • Lost Island Tickets

      The City of Manchester Parks & Recreation Department will be offering Lost Island tickets for sale throughout the summer. Tickets must be purchased at City Hall, Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm.

      CLICK HERE for Lost Island Water Park calendar and park info!

    • Manchester Community Gardens

      Community gardens provide common ground for people to grow plants, build strong communities and provide the space needed for a garden. Garden plots are available to any City of Manchester resident interested in growing his/her own produce.

      • Plots are approximately 10 x 15 feet
      • 35 plots available
      • Plots of land are leased for an annual fee of $30 per plot; maximum of 2 plots per gardener
      • Tilling & Soil testing will be done prior to the growing season
      • Water will be available on site
      • Sawdust, grass clippings and compost bins will be available on site
      • Parking and port-a-pottys will be available
      • Gardens are open May 1 – October 15
      • 50% of your rental fee will be refunded when your garden plot is cleaned and the water key is returned at the end of the season.

      Registration Forms are available at the City Office.

      For more information, please contact Manchester Community Garden Coordinator, Neil Henkenius at 319-325-0035.

      Manchester Community Garden Brochure
    • Manchester Day at the Cedar Rapids Kernels Game

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      Join other Manchester residents for a day full of sun, fun and baseball. Saturday, July 23.

    • Rhubarb on the River

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      First Saturday in June in downtown Manchester.

      For more information on how to participate or just join in the fun, please contact the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce at 563.927.4141.

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