Ways to Support Wildlife this Holiday Season

As the holidays near, it is important to remember of the loved ones in your life – including the furry ones! The list below offers ways to support wildlife put together by Scovill Zoo.

    1. Become a member of Scovill Zoo or give a Family membership as a gift: $80 for a family and $40 for an individual (Membership rates go up to $85 and $42 in 2020).
    2. Adopt a Scovill Zoo animal in honor of a loved one.  The adoption is good for a year with donations ranging between $10 and $75.
    3. Donate items for the zoo animals.  Check out our list of items compiled by the Scovill Zoo Keepers.
    4. Support Association of Zoos and Aquariums partners such as: Zebra Pen, Gorilla Socks, and AZA SAFE Wine.  They make great gifts.  Portions of the proceeds benefit saving animals in the wild.
    5. Support your local animal shelters and wildlife rehab centers such as the Macon County Animal Shelter, The Raptor Center, The University of Illinois Wildlife clinic, etc.
    6. Make a donation in your loved ones’ name to a favorite animal welfare group such as AZA SAFE (Association of Zoos and Aquariums – Saving Animals From Extinction), The Wildlife Conservation Society, etc.  Please research the organization to see what percentage of the funds are used in their mission to save animals in the wild.
    7. The following link is to Amazon Scovill Zoo wish lists, “For the Animals” and “For the Keepers”: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1P7TTX2LQ9DA6?ref_=wl_share

Super Saturday Recess


Kids aged 4* -11 will enjoy an active Saturday morning at the DISC, with inflatables, scooters, basketball, tumbling, and rock wall (select dates). Parents must be present. No registration necessary. Need not be a DISC member.

Date: Saturdays, October 5 – March 28
Time: 10 a.m. – noon
Location: DISC, 1295 W. Wood
Fee: $4 per child; free for DISC Full-Facility members
*Note: Children 3 & under may participate but are excluded from use of the inflatables for their safety.
No Super Saturday Recess on 11/16, 12/14 and 2/22

2020 Season Tickets on Sale for The Devon G. Buffett Amphitheater Beginning December 11

2020 Season Tickets to The Devon G. Buffett Amphitheater will be on sale to the general public beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 11. The renewal period for current season ticket holders will be Monday, November 25 – Wednesday, December 4. Those who wish to renew their current tickets will receive an email communication with instructions.

Season tickets will include the full season of at least 20 shows produced by The Devon including headliner acts, $5 Friday Series, Tribute Series and a Christian Day. All acts including headliners will be announced as they are confirmed.

Season tickets can be purchased in three seating levels of the venue including: reserved seating level for $395 per person, general admission terrace level for $320 per person and general admission lawn level for $245 per person. Additional ticket processing fees will be applied at the time of purchase.

“We are working hard to secure a quality line-up that will give our ticket holders the level of entertainment they expect while keeping the prices affordable,” said Mike Wilcott, General Manager of The Devon.

Season tickets will be available on December 11 at www.devonamp.eventbrite.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 will be announced as they are confirmed.

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


Give The Gift Of An Experience This Holiday Season!

Cover everyone on your list this holiday season with a gift card to the Decatur Park District! Redeem for fun adventures* all over Decatur including:

  • Daily or season passes to the area’s newest waterpark – Splash Cove
  • Daily admission, concession, gift shop, camps, classes or a family membership to Scovill Zoo
  • Adventure passes, daily admission or concession at Overlook Adventure Park featuring mini golf, a hi-ropes course with zipline and batting cages
  • Rounds of golf, cart, range balls or pro-shop merchandise at Hickory Point Golf Club or Red Tail Run by Raymond Floyd
  • Dance, theater, or performing arts lessons and recital tickets
  • Tickets to see the Greater Decatur Chorale, B.O.S.S. and B.O.S.S. Jr. and Perform! concerts
  • Midstate Soccer programs, camps and club fees
  • Daily admission or passes to the Decatur Indoor Sports Center
  • DISC rock wall, classes, fitness and indoor golf center

Call 217-422-5911 to purchase a gift card in any amount!

*Gift cards cannot be redeemed at The Devon Lakeshore Ampitheater or at District tenant locations like the Beach House, Stand Up Paddle Company or Red Barn Kitchen.

Splash Cove Family Aquatics Center

Splash Cove features a zero-depth entry leisure pool with an interactive play structure, wet deck, lily pad crossing feature, and vortex, an 8-lane lap pool with zip line, rock climbing wall, 3-meter diving board, 6 meter high dive, 4 body slides, and a zero-depth entry baby pool. A full service concession stand is also available.

Visit SplashCove.org for details  on pricing, hours, swim lessons and rentals!


Due to indications of inclement weather and rain forecasted, The Devon’s Halloween Bash event scheduled for Saturday, October 26th has been canceled. All ticket purchases will be refunded.

For additional information, contact Mike Wilcott at (217) 422-5911 or mwilcott@decparks.com.


The Dink at the DISC Pickleball Tournament will take place this weekend (Saturday 10/19 and Sunday 10/20) at the DISC.

Schedule is as follows:
Saturday: Men’s Doubles starts at 8am and Women’s Doubles starts at 8:30am.
Sunday: Mixed Doubles starts at 8am.

All participants should check-in 30 minutes prior to the start time.

Click for the event flyer! DINK_DISC-Flyer


A check presentation is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22 at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC) to recognize the ongoing support of the Golden K service organization for the Elementary Basketball program in partnership with Decatur Public School District #61. Check presentation location will be Main Gym Court 2.

The Golden K contributes nearly five-thousand dollars annually to help fund Elementary Basketball.  An estimated two-hundred sixth graders from Decatur Public Schools take part in the after-school program, representing fourteen different District #61 schools.  The program gives youth the chance to play league games in a positive sports environment at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC).  Funds from Golden K are used to provide court time on full-sized courts with spectator seating for each game, referees, scorekeepers, scoreboards, scorebooks, basketballs, and more.

Elementary Basketball is a joint partnership between District #61 and the Decatur Park District, designed to enhance students’ educational and recreational experiences.  The program begins in October, with students playing intramural basketball games within each respective school for a seven-week period. Teams practice twice a week and play league games weekly on Tuesday afternoons from late October through the middle of December at the DISC.  At the end of this season, teams play in Championship Saturday, hosted by the Decatur Indoor Sports Center on December 14th.  For more information on the Elementary Basketball program, please call Jamie Davis at the DISC, 217-429-3472 (DISC).


The IHSA Girls’ Class A and AA State Golf Tournaments begin with practice rounds on Thursday, October 17. Play begins on Friday, October 18 at 8:30 a.m. and continues on Saturday, October 19.

Class A rounds will be held at Red Tail Run Golf Club by Raymond Floyd, while Class AA rounds are scheduled at Hickory Point Golf Course. For information regarding tee times, team results, and individual results, visit http://ihsa.org/SportsActivities/GirlsGolf.aspx.

For additional questions, please contact Andy Potts, Golf Pro at Hickory Point Golf Course 421-7444 or Ben Irwin, Golf Pro at Red Tail Run 422-2211.


Chris Riley, former Decatur Park Board Commissioner received the Robert M. Artz Advocate Award by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The award was presented during the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference, Sept. 24–26, 2019, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Each year, NRPA Spotlight Awards are presented to individuals across the U.S. to honor their efforts—both professional and personal—in the field of parks and recreation. This year there are four award categories in NRPA’s Spotlight Awards program. Recipients are selected from a pool of applicants by NRPA’s National Awards and Scholarship Committee, and are chosen for excellence in a variety of topics, including professional and voluntary service, programming, leadership, research and public outreach.

The Robert M. Artz Award recognizes an advocate, an elected or appointed official, or volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding efforts to forward public parks and recreation through education and activating the public in their community, state or at the national level.

For 18 years, Decatur Park Board Commissioner Chris Riley has been a shining example of the vast opportunities and positive influences Parks & Recreation can have over one’s lifetime. While his professional role is that of Director of State and Government Relations at Archer Daniels Midland Company (a Fortune 50 company and global agribusiness leader), Riley also served on the IAPD Board of Directors, was 2005 winner of the IAPD Rising Star Award, and served as co-host of the Decatur Park District’s “Parks at 5” weekly radio show for 8 years.

In 2010, Chris and his wife, Karen endowed the The Jerry Menz Arts Scholarship which provides opportunities for talented youth to succeed at the highest possible levels in the arts by offering scholarships for programs in voice, music, theatre and dance. The scholarship is in honor of Chris’s mentor, Jerry Menz, who served as Decatur Park District Director of Recreation from 1961 – 1993.  The couple continues to support this scholarship with additional gifts and fundraising efforts.

With his leadership, the Decatur Park District has thrived, and the decisions he helped make have set the district up for long term success.   With an AZA-accredited zoo, stabilizing air service at our Park District owned airport, nationally recognized arts programs, an exciting new Lakeshore Landing development, award-winning golf courses, miles of scenic trails, and recreational activities for all ages and abilities, the parks are integral to our community’s quality of life. Finally, we are actively engaged in efforts to enhance tourism and economic development. Chris Riley has helped the Decatur Park District proudly contribute to the social, environmental, and economic viability and sustainability of the greater Decatur community.

“His community and legislative advocacy for the park system goes where he goes, and is unmatched.  Chris has the ultimate goal of improving the quality and economic well-being of life for those who live, work and play in Decatur & Macon County as well as those who visit,” stated Bill Clevenger, Executive Director of the Decatur Park District.

“The NRPA National Awards and Scholarship Committee is pleased to honor the 2019 NRPA recipients of Spotlight, Scholarship and Fellowship awards”, said Dan Olson, chair of NRPA’s national awards and scholarship committee and director of operations for Champaign Park District in Champaign, Illinois. “The committee was honored to review nearly 70 applications of qualified individuals who have made significant contributions to their communities through the field of parks and recreation.”

For more information about NRPA Awards visit www.nrpa.org/Awards.

The National Recreation and Park Association

is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.