Decatur Parks Foundation

 By encouraging the financial support of businesses and individuals, the Decatur Parks Foundation supports the Decatur Park District’s park & recreation programs, which spur economic development, nurture our citizens’ health and well-being, and enhance our community’s quality of life.  Thank you for your ongoing interest and support! ~ Dr. Bill Van Alstine, President

We appreciate the generosity of all who have made the following projects possible:

  • Anna Bethel Fisher Rock Garden
  • Decatur Park District Bike Trail System
  • Dreamland Lake
  • Fairview Park Rose Garden (2012)
  • Fido Fields Dog Park (2007)
  • Project Playground I and II
  • DSC_0951Rotary Park
  • Schaub Floral Display Center, Greenhouse & Norma Schaub Memorial Garden
  • Scovill Zoo Shilling Environmental Education Center
  • Scovill Zoo Endangered Species Carousel
  • Scovill  Zoo Penguin Exhibit (2013)
  • Scovill Zoo Zebra Exhibit (2007)
  • Ursula Beck Tennis Center
  • Wikoff Oriental Garden at Scovill Park


Foundation Board of Directors

Dr. William Van Alstine, President
Jim Schwarz, Vice-President
Mindy Chadwick, Secretary
Rod Schanefelt, Treasurer
Chris Riley, Park Board Liaison
Jack Kenny, Park Board Liaison
Erv Arends
Natalie Beck
Brian Byers
Kara Demirjian-Huss
Tom Hostetler
Dr. Stephen Huss
Kara Johnston
Chuck Kuhle
Cindy Laegeler
Judy Locke
James Neff
Cyndy Smith
Mark Tupper
Kathy Wiesemann


Winter Newsletter

Read the Winter 2014 Foundation newsletter here





2015 Zoo Open
Friday, May 15
12:15 shotgun start ~ $500 per team
Hickory Point Golf Course

Save the date for the 2015 Scovill Zoo Open! You’ll enjoy a great day of golf, lunch on the patio, a surprise animal visitor, prizes, and an afternoon reception. All proceeds benefit our AZA-accredited Scovill Zoo. Over the years, the event has generated more than $300,000 for important zoo projects. Thank you for your support! Need a registration form? Click HERE! Call Kurt at 422-2211 for details.



Zoo-rific Evening at Scovill Zoo   
Saturday, August 22
Evening begins at 5 p.m.   ~   $75 per person

Mark your calendars for a Zoo-rific Evening at Scovill Zoo, featuring animal encounters, fabulous music, specialty drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and a chance to bid on spectacular prizes! Stroll the grounds and get a behind-the-scenes look at the zoo’s exciting inhabitants. Enjoy amazing acts by ISU’s Gamma Phi Circus!  This is an evening not to miss! For information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call the Foundation office at 422-5911. All proceeds will benefit upcoming renovations to “Splash Cove” at the center of Scovill Zoo.




Park Reforestation Project

On September 9, the Park District partnered with WSOY and Team Soy for a Park Reforestation Radiothon in recognition of the Park District’s 90th anniversary. Gifts from individual and corporate donors far exceeded our goal of 90 donors pledging $90 for 90 trees! Over $22,000 was raised for trees in Fairview and Nelson parks. “On behalf of the Decatur Parks Foundation, I thank all who helped us celebrate the Park District’s 90th Anniversary,” said Jim Schwarz, Foundation Vice-President and tree reforestation project coordinator. “Special thanks to Brian Byers, Neuhoff Media, and Team Soy for their efforts in the great success we achieved. We also appreciate the generosity of Elwin Tree Farm and look forward to working with them on this project. Planting trees in our parks is a contribution to future generations who will enjoy our parks as much as we have over our lifetime.” View the Herald & Review thank you ad here. Thank you again to all who contributed to this important initiative!




Jerry Menz Arts Scholarship

The Jerry Menz Arts Scholarship provides opportunities for talented youth to succeed at the highest possible levels in the arts by offering scholarships for the Park District’s programs in music, theatre, and dance. Awards are based upon staff recommendations, prior participation in Park District programs, and a demonstrated talent and passion for the performing arts. Gifts of any size are most appreciated and will keep the arts alive in the greater Decatur area.

To make a contribution, please call the Foundation office at 422-5911. For details information, visit the Arts Scholarship page.


Fun for All Scholarships

Children grow and learn from recreation, sports, the arts, and play! The Fun for All Scholarship program ensures that all qualified Decatur residents are able to participate in Park District activities. To donate to this important program, call 422-5911.



Memorial Gifts

Living Tribute Program

Honor a loved one or commemorate a special event by having a tree planted through the Park Foundation’s Living Tribute Program. With your $1000 donation, the Park District will plant and care for your tree. In addition, you will be presented a Living Tribute Certificate and a map highlighting the location of your tree. The trees are also linked via an online map here.

 The Living Tribute program offers a natural gift that will beautify Decatur’s parks for years to come.

Download a request for Living Tribute trees HERE or call Jill Applebee at 422-5911.




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