chris-cutout-225x300The Decatur Park District is the focal point for parks, recreation, and aviation activity in the greater Decatur area. The District operates 2,000 acres of park land, an indoor sports center, regional airport, three golf courses, softball, soccer and tennis complexes, athletic fields, a community aquatics center, an AZA-accredited zoo, an arts & recreation center, senior center, mini golf complex, and a banquet, food & beverage business. The Decatur Park District strives to enrich the lives of all in our community and continues to earn honors for its partnerships and service excellence.

The Decatur Park District has received both regional and national recognition. In 2000,we received the Great Lakes Region Partnership Award. In 2000 and 2016, we earned distinction as a National Recreation & Parks Association Gold Medal Finalist. We have been recognized as an IAPD/IPRA Distinguished Accredited Agency since 1999, achieving re-accreditation in 2012.

Beginning in 2007, the Decatur Park District received the following Illinois Association of Park Districts “Best of the Best” Awards:

2007: Illinois Parks Top Journalist – Brian Byers
2008: Illinois Parks Top Journalist – Mark Tupper
2008: Best Friend of Illinois Parks, Large Business – ADM
2010: Illinois Arts Alliance “Arts in the Park” Award
2010: Best Friend of Illinois Parks, Large Business – Tate & Lyle
2012: Best Friend of Illinois Parks, Large Business – Decatur Memorial Hospital
2012: Intergovernmental Cooperation Award, Decatur Park District & DPS #61
2013: Best Friend of Illinois Parks, Mid-Sized Business – Team Soy Capital
2013: Illinois Parks Top Journalist – Allison Petty
2014: Partnership Award – Millikin University
2014: Good Sportsmanship Award – Mike Landacre, Staley Striders
2014: IPRA Outstanding Special Event: Zoo-rific Evening at Scovill Zoo

In 2011, Executive Director Bill Clevenger was honored with the IPRA Robert Artz Award for Distinguished Service. This prestigious award is based upon contributions that provide lasting value and create an awareness of the importance of parks & recreation in the community in which the individual serves.

At the 2013 Illinois Association of Park Districts/Illinois Park & Recreation Association Soaring to New Heights Conference, Park Board President Chris Riley was honored as Commissioner of the Year. Riley was selected from among 2,100 elected boardmembers at 460 park districts, forest preserves, and conservation districts across the state of Illinois.

The District’s Scovill Zoo earned re-accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2011. Finally, the Decatur Park District’s cultural arts programs have twice earned the NRPA Dottie Mullen Award for Arts & Humanities.