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.



On Monday, August 26, the Decatur Park District will begin resurfacing Project Playground II, the popular play structure adjacent to Scovill Zoo (71 S. Country Club Road).

The current surface has outlived its useful life and will be replaced with a new rubber poured-in-place surface that is a safe, accessible, durable surface for children to run, play and land on. Project Playground II will be closed to the general public beginning August 26 while the resurfacing project is underway.

Barring any poor weather conditions, the project is expected to take approximately three weeks and be completed by mid-September.


Scovill Zoo will observe fall hours now through October 14 (last day of regular season). Visiting hours will be offered from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with the last admission one hour before closing. For more information, call Scovill Zoo at 421-7435 or go online to www.scovillzoo.com.


Fairview Family Aquatic Center will observe fall hours now through September 2. Open swim will be offered from noon – 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only. Special Labor Day hours on September 2 are from noon – 5 p.m. with half price admission. Call Danita Roseman at 429-3472 for more information.

Fairview Pool Fall Hours

August 12 – 16, Closed

August 17 & 18, Noon – 6 p.m.

August 19 – 23, Closed

August 24 & 25, Noon – 6 p.m.

August 26 – 30, Closed

August 31 & September 1, Noon – 6 p.m.

September 2 (last open day of the season), Noon – 5 p.m.


Media is encouraged to attend Midstate Soccer Club’s opening of its new pavilion and concession building with remarks from Park District personnel at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 16 at the Decatur Soccer Complex, across from Stephen Decatur Middle School. It is also Midstate’s Kickoff Night featuring games for club players beginning at 6:00. Questions may be directed to Club Director Colin Bonner at 429-3472.

Midstate Soccer Complex Pavilion/Concession Opening

Date: August 16

Time: 5:30 p.m. – remarks from Park District personnel

Location: Decatur Soccer Complex

1 Educational Park, Decatur, IL 62526

Decatur Park District Presents 2019 City Junior Open Golf Tournament

Register now for the City Junior Golf Tournament scheduled for August 8 at Red Tail Run Golf Club and August 9 at Hickory Point Golf Course. Players aged 5 – 17 will participate in this tournament to highlight improvements they’ve made over the season, enjoy lunch, one practice round, a tournament round of golf, and prizes! Fee is $20, or $10 with Park District Junior Season Pass. Register online at decatur-parks.org, by phone at 421-7444, or visit either Decatur Park District golf course.

Decatur City Junior Golf Tournament

Date:         August 8 & 9

Age:          5 – 17

Fee:           $20/$10 with Park District Junior Season Pass

Location:   Red Tail Run Golf Course by Raymond Floyd & Hickory Point Golf Course