About Us

Board of Commissioners

The Decatur Park Board of Commissioners welcomes your comments and suggestions. To email board members or staff, please click on the names below.


Bob Brilley II President
Chris Harrison Vice President
Chris Riley Commissioner
Stacey Young Commissioner
Jack Kenny Commissioner


William L. Clevenger Executive Director
Jill Applebee Foundation Director
Kevin Brewer Food and Beverage Manager
Rodney Buhr Chief Financial Officer
Mandy Childress Freedom of Information Officer
Ed Culp Chief of Police
Jamie Davis DISC Manager
Ken Frye Director of Scovill Zoo
Lisa Gillen Director of Marketing
Jamie Gower Director of Recreation & Facilities
Kristi Orrick Human Resources Manager
Ryan Raleigh Director of Operations
Kurt Rogers Golf Manager
Kristin Sowa Accounting Manager
Tim Wright Director, Decatur Airport


Mission, Vision & Goals

The mission of the Decatur Park District is to enrich the community’s quality of life and economic vitality by providing outstanding parks, programs, facilities, and recreational opportunities.

Our vision is to be a park district of excellence that enhances our community’s growth, prosperity, and quality of life.

Our values include integrity, sustainability, service, partnership, and safety.

To fulfill our mission to enrich the community’s quality of life and economic vitality by providing outstanding parks, programs, facilities, and recreational opportunities, the Decatur Park District has established the following goals:

Integrity: Execute our duties ethically, with honesty and sincerity.

  • Maintain an open-door policy in meeting with and responding to questions and concerns from the community.
  • Promptly fulfill reasonable requests for public information.
  • Complete annual audit of the District’s financial records and internal controls by a CPA firm.

Sustainability: Maintain efficient and effective use of financial, human, and environmental resources to ensure the long-term viability of the District.

  • Protect and manage our natural resources and active recreation areas.
  • Utilize the Master Plan Update to make decisions for the long-term good of the Park District and the community.
  • Examine available revenue-generating options and potential new funding sources.

Service: Provide outstanding service to our entire community.

  • Set District-wide customer service standards for all programs, facilities, and staff.
  • Make quick, easy, and hassle-free registration and rental opportunities available to customers.
  • Maintain electronic communications that are comprehensive, timely, and easily accessible.

Partnering: Collaborate with citizens, governmental entities, and private businesses to maximize community resources.

  • Encourage community input into projects and programs.
  • Continue to seek and strengthen partnerships and sponsorships to enhance cost-savings, facilities, and services.
  • Engage individuals across the community to support the Decatur Park District and the Decatur Park District Foundation through monetary and volunteer support.

Safety: Establish a safety awareness that is in the best interest of our visitors, employees, and facilities.

  • Maintain Park District Risk Management Agency “A” accreditation.
  • Regularly inspect parks and facilities to provide a safe environment.
  • Continue educating and training staff in safety techniques, programs, and procedures.

Annual Report

To view the Decatur Park District’s 2015 Annual Report, please click the link below.

2015 Annual Report/Highlights


Organizational Chart

To view the Decatur Park District’s Organizational Chart, please click the link below.
Decatur Park District Organizational Chart


Our Code

The Decatur Park District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, or handicap in admission to, or treatment, or employment, in programs or activities in compliance with the Illinois Human Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, and the U.S. Constitution. The Equal Employment Opportunity Officer is responsible for compliance and may be reached at 422-5911.


We Care About Your Safety

The Decatur Park District is concerned for the safety of visitors to our parks and facilities and strives to ensure that playground equipment, park grounds, and all facilities remain in excellent condition. Please help us in this effort. Follow safety rules posted at park sites and note age designations for appropriate use of playground equipment. If you see or hear of vandalism to park property, find broken playground equipment, or discover anything else you consider hazardous, please call the Park District at 422-5911.



While the Park District is committed to conducting recreation programs and activities in the safest manner possible, an inherent risk of injury exists with any recreational activity. The Decatur Park District continually strives to reduce such risks and insists that all participants follow rules and instructions that have been designed to protect their safety. The Decatur Park District does not carry medical accident insurance for injuries sustained on its property or in its programs as the cost of such insurance would make program fees cost-prohibitive.


Behavior/Conduct Policy

The following guidelines have been developed to help make Decatur Park District programs safe and enjoyable for all. The Park District reserves the right to develop additional rules for programs and athletic leagues as deemed necessary by staff and the Park Board of Commissioners. Participants are asked to:

  • Show respect to all participants and staff
  • Refrain from using foul language
  • Refrain from causing bodily harm to others
  • Refrain from damaging equipment, supplies and facilities



The 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 aquatic center, AZA-accredited zoo, mini golf facility, 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, the Decatur Park District was a National Recreation & Parks Association (NRPA) Gold Medal Finalist and recipient of the Great Lakes Region Partnership Award. We have again achieved the distinction of NRPA Gold Medal Finalist in 2016. We have been recognized as an IAPD/IPRA Distinguished Accredited Agency since 1999, achieving reaccreditation 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 board members 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 Dorothy Mullen Award for Arts & Humanities.





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Adult Co-ed Indoor Volleyball Leagues


Last Day of the Regular Zoo Season


Stage Make-up Class