2021 Lawn Season Tickets on Sale for The Devon G. Buffett Amphitheater

Remaining 2021 lawn season tickets at The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater will be on sale for the 2021 season beginning Friday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m. Season tickets include the full season of at least 26 shows produced by The Devon including headliner acts Tracy Byrd, Kool & The Gang, Oak Ridge Boys, Gin Blossoms, Ginuwine, Three Dog Night and Diamond Rio.

Limited tickets are remaining in the general admission lawn level for $245 per person. Additional ticket processing fees will be applied at the time of purchase. COVID-19 guidelines may impact the Devon season show details and availability. If the entire season is canceled due to COVID-19, season ticket holders will have the opportunity to roll their tickets to 2022 or get a full refund.

Purchase season tickets online at www.devonamphitheater.com, by calling the Decatur Park District office at 217-422-5911 or in person at 620 East Riverside Avenue from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Single show tickets are currently on sale as well.

MIDSTATE YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SPRING SEASON

Registration for the Decatur Park District’s Midstate Youth Soccer League (MYSL) is going on now for boys and girls aged kindergarten – 8th grade with the season beginning March 22, 2021. A high school program will not be offered in 2021 due to conflicting IHSA season dates.

Spring season dates are March 22 – May 8, 2021. Registration is February 20 – March 7 and fees are $91, or $82 with resident discount. Fees include a complete Midstate Soccer Club colored uniform with jersey, shorts and socks. Visit midstatesoccer.com for session dates and times by age group.

The main objective of MYSL is to provide individual development within a safe, fun and age-appropriate way. Included are 6 games and 7 training sessions, coached by Midstate’s licensed trainers.

Each team will have a volunteer parent facilitator who will help the trainers during practice days and organize the team on game day. All 4th/5th and 6th-8th grade teams will have a Midstate trainer as a coach on game days.

Register online at midstatesoccer.com or call 429-3472.

Covid-19 Guidelines may affect program details. Refunds will be issued if impacted by COVID-19.

 

Applications Requested for Unexpired Park Commissioner Term

Download the Commissioner Vacancy Application

The Decatur Park Board of Commissioners welcomes the submission of applications for the unexpired 6-year term of Commissioner Jack Kenny, who will retire from the board on March 4, 2021 after 28 years of service. The unexpired term has two years remaining and ends with the election cycle of April 2023.

“We are honored that Mr. Kenny has been the longest serving Park Board Commissioner in the history of the Decatur Park District and thank him for his contributions to the agency’s advancement over nearly three decades,” stated Stacey Young, Decatur Park Board President.

The board’s goal will be to find an individual who is committed to serving the Park District, involved in the community, and representative of the diverse population it serves. Applications may be obtained at the administrative office (620 E. Riverside Ave.) or online at www.decatur-parks.org on the Public Information link.

Interested individuals should submit the following information:

  1. Current resume that highlights experience, education/technical training and employment history
  2. A statement of interest that contains:
    • A summary of why you are interested in joining the Decatur Park District.
    • The history of your community involvement over the last five years.
    • What unique attributes and experience that you bring to the Board.
  3. Applicants must be a resident within Decatur Park District boundaries.

Submissions must be returned to the administrative office in a sealed envelope, attention Melanie Moore, Secretary to the Board, or by email at mmoore@decparks.com by 5 p.m. on March 19, 2021.

For more information, please call Melanie Moore at 422-5911.

DECATUR YOUTH BASEBALL/SOFTBALL REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SUMMER 2021 SEASON

Registration for the Decatur Park District’s Decatur Youth Baseball/Softball is going on now for ages 3 – 15 years old, with the season beginning May 8, 2021.

Decatur Youth Baseball is affiliated with Little League and Tri-County Baseball and operates under their rules and regulations. The Youth Softball league is affiliated with Country Girls and operates under their rules and regulations. Bronco and Pony divisions of baseball are affiliated with Tri-County Baseball and operated under their rules and regulations. We appreciate the continued support of parents, volunteers and sponsors.

Register anytime at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC), or online (decatur-parks.org). For on-site registrations, parent or guardian must accompany youth, and a birth certificate copy is required for first-year players.

Register by February 28 to receive the discounted Early Registration rate. Registration ends March 26. Opening Day: Saturday, May 8 / Teams will take pictures and play an in-house game.

Registration requests after March 26 will be charged a late registration fee and put on a waitlist and placed on teams if space permits. Shirts, hats, and awards are included in the fee.

Visit https://www.decatur-parks.org/sports-and-recreation/youth-baseball-softball/ for fees and birthdate eligibility.

Covid-19 Guidelines may affect program details. Refunds will be issued if impacted by COVID-19.

Decatur Park District Commissioner Elected Trustee of Leading Statewide Association for Parks

Dr. Kristin White, Commissioner of the Decatur Park District, was recently elected to the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ (IAPD) Board of Trustees.

As an IAPD Trustee, Dr. White will assist the association with its mission of advancing Illinois park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation, and special recreation agencies in their ability to preserve natural resources and improve the quality of life for all people in Illinois. She will work with the 19-member board to advise the association in providing service, research, advocacy, public awareness, and educational programs to its membership of 360 park, recreation, and conservation agencies and nearly 100 affiliated business partners.

“Dr. White is a tremendous champion of the numerous benefits of parks, recreation, and conservation,” said Peter Murphy, IAPD President and Chief Executive Officer. “Her commitment to community service and her enthusiasm for improving health and wellness through parks and recreation are unparalleled. We are fortunate to have her on the IAPD board.”

Dr. White is a member of the IAPD Nominating Committee and the Program Committee.

She has been a chiropractor in Decatur since 2004, specializing in sports medicine.  She has served on the Decatur Sister Cities Committee and has been on delegations to both of Decatur’s sister cities in Japan and Germany.

She was elected to the Decatur Park District board in 2019.

IAPD was established in 1928 and is the oldest state association for parks, recreation, and conservation in America.  The association serves more than 2,100 elected park, recreation and forest preserve district board members who govern 360 agencies employing 40,000 individuals.

IAPD strives to improve Illinois’ quality of life through park districts, forest preserves, conservation, and recreation agencies by establishing grants and other new revenue streams for park land, facilities, and services; educating the public about the positive effects parks and recreation have on communities; and meeting the problem of decreasing open space in Illinois.

IPRA Professional of the Year – Bill Clevenger

On January 28, 2021, the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) honored Bill Clevenger, from the Decatur Park District, for his commitment and excellent service to parks and recreation in Illinois. Mr. Clevenger was recognized during the IPRA Awards Program at the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Virtual Conference.

The Professional of the Year Award is an honor presented to an individual with more than eight years of full-time service and has made a major contribution to the park and recreation profession, and someone who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty.

The Decatur Park District’s Executive Director Bill Clevenger is an advocate for parks, recreation, and conservation. His desire to serve and his visionary leadership have profoundly impacted his community and elevated the Decatur Park District as a leader in Illinois and across the nation.

Bill manages a $30 million budget and leads a staff of 500 full-time and seasonal professionals. Under his guidance, the Decatur Park District was the recipient of NRPA’s 2020 Class IV National Gold Medal Award. It achieved accreditation through the prestigious Illinois distinguished accreditation program, and through the association of zoos and aquariums for its popular Scovill Zoo that has been in operation since 1967.

Bill works tirelessly to engage with his community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur/Macon County, the high school task force for Decatur Public School District #61, the Decatur Urbanized Area Transportation Study, the Planning Commission for the City of Decatur, the Decatur/Macon County Comprehensive Planning Committee, and the COVID-19 Crisis Response Team.

Bill is one of just 125 individuals selected nationwide for membership in the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. He has served on the NRPA Revenue Development and Management School, IPRA Joint Legislative Committee (Past Chair), IPRA Conference Committee, and the University of Illinois Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department Advisory Council. In 2011, he received the IPRA Robert Artz Lifetime Achievement Award.

‘Bill has been a leader in parks and recreation in our state for a long time. His agency has achieved accolades and recognition under his leadership, both at the state and national level. As the Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee for the last several years, he has been an important voice in advocating for our industry. We are so proud to recognize him with this award.’ – Debbie Trueblood, CAE, IPRA Executive Director

Congratulations, Bill!

Tracy Byrd Coming to The Devon in May

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The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater in Decatur, Illinois, is proud to announce the headliner act Tracy Byrd to perform on Friday, May 21, 2021 with special guest Lainey Wilson.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 19 at 10:00 A.M. at devonamphitheater.com, or by calling the Decatur Park District Administration office at (217) 422-5911. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 25% of people will be allowed in the lobby of the administration building for in-person sales at 620 East Riverside Ave.

IDPH, CDC and Macon County COVID-19 guidelines may affect show details. If the event is postponed/rescheduled related to COVID-19, tickets purchased for the original show date will be honored for the new date. Refund options may be available.

Ticket Pricing is:

Standing Room Only Pit – $30.00 (plus taxes & fees)
Handicapped/ADA Seating and ADA Companion Seating- $30 (plus taxes & fees)
Reserved Seating – $30 (plus taxes & fees)
General Admission Terrace – $20 (plus taxes & fees)
General Admission Lawn – $15 (plus taxes & fees)
Reserved Parking – $5 (plus fees)

This show is included for all 2021 season ticket holders. Watch for an announcement soon on purchasing your 2021 season lawn tickets!

Tracy Byrd, American country music artist, became a household name on the Country Music Scene in 1993 when his third single, called “Holdin’ Heaven”, off of his MCA Records, self-titled debut album, hit #1 on the Billboard Country Charts. Although he did not land a second Number One until 2002’s “Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo”, Byrd has charted more than thirty hit singles in his career, including eleven additional Top Ten hits. He has also released ten studio albums and two greatest-hits albums, with four gold certifications and one double-platinum certification from the RIAA.

Pinned as an “Artist to Watch” in 2020 by Pandora, The Boot, and Sounds Like Nashville and included in CMT’s “Next Women of Country” program, Laniey Wilson kicked off the year by making her Grand Ole Opry debut—a dream come true for the Baskin, Louisiana native. Hailing from the small farming community, the Country newcomer has as much grit in her as she does soul.

Relive a night of country hits with the incomparable Tracy Byrd and newcomer Lainey Wilson in concert performing at The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater on opening weekend, May 21, 2021!

To keep up with announcements, follow The Devon on Facebook and subscribe to email updates at www.devonamphitheater.com.

Kool & The Gang Coming to The Devon in May

The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater in Decatur, Illinois, is proud to announce the headliner act Kool & The Gang to perform on Saturday, May 22.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 12 at 10:00 A.M. at devonamphitheater.com, or by calling the Decatur Park District Administration office at (217) 422-5911. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only three people at a time will be allowed in the lobby of the administration building for in-person sales at 620 East Riverside Ave.

IDPH, CDC and Macon County COVID-19 guidelines may affect show details. If the event is postponed/rescheduled related to COVID-19, tickets purchased for the original show date will be honored for the new date. Refund options may be available.

Ticket Pricing is:

Reserved Pit Seating – $75.00 (plus taxes & fees)
Handicapped/ADA Seating and ADA Companion Seating- $60 (plus taxes & fees)
Reserved Seating – $60 (plus taxes & fees)
General Admission Terrace – $45 (plus taxes & fees)
General Admission Lawn – $30 (plus taxes & fees)
Reserved Parking – $5 (plus fees)

This show is included for all 2021 season ticket holders. Watch for an announcement soon on purchasing your 2021 season lawn tickets!

Kool & The Gang, officially launched in 1969, after performing for five years under various band titles, has influenced the music of three generations and, at the age of 49, the band has become true recording industry legends.

Thanks to iconic songs like Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame, they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, 9 Top Ten Pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums.

Kool & The Gang continues to delight fans around the globe with their timeless hits and amazing live performances. For more band information visit www.koolandthegang.com

Don’t miss Kool & The Gang live, in concert performing all of their hits at The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater on opening weekend, May 22, 2021!

To keep up with announcements, follow The Devon on Facebook and subscribe to email updates at www.devonamphitheater.com.