As Decatur enters Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan today, the Decatur Park District’s recreational opportunities and facilities will resume to normal operation, following the CDC, IDPH and Macon County Health Department’s safety guidance and procedures. The District truly appreciates the cooperation, understanding and patience of the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

With capacity restrictions lifted, Splash Cove and Scovill Zoo will no longer require advanced reservations for entrance, walk-ups are welcome. If you have already made a reservation for this weekend, it will still be honored.

The Decatur Indoor Sports Center will operate at full capacity as well as The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater. Classes, events and programs will also return to full capacity. Masks will still be required when traveling on United Airlines operated by Sky West through the Decatur Airport.

Beginning Sunday, June 13, Splash Cove will move into regular operating hours of Saturday through Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (season pass holders can enter at 11:30 a.m.) and Fridays 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (season pass holders can enter at 11:30 a.m.). For Splash Cove pricing, program hours, group visits, and rental options, please visit our website at

In accordance with current health guidelines, face masks are encouraged for those who have not been fully vaccinated when unable to social distance.


Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the Decatur Park District’s 4th of July firework display, typically held in Nelson Park over Lake Decatur will be canceled for 2021. We are looking forward to returning 4th of July fireworks over Lake Decatur in 2022!

Citing a “loss of crew members and a personnel shortage” long-term fireworks production provider, Mad Bomber, has withdrawn their proposal for the Decatur fireworks display and will be unable to have a trained certified crew available on Independence Day 2021.

The District’s Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater will still host its 4th of July Celebration with River Bottom Nightmare Band. All tickets are just $4 for this night of awesome music from one of the most popular bands in Macon County. Dance the night away with hit songs from several decades! Get your tickets in advance at

Questions can be directed to the staff at the Decatur Park District and reached at 217-422-5911.


New Executive Director Announced

The Decatur Park Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce it has unanimously selected Mr. Clay Gerhard as the Executive Director of the Decatur Park District to succeed Bill Clevenger when he retires September 3, 2021.

“We congratulate Mr. Gerhard on his promotion to Executive Director and we thank him for his willingness to lead this award-winning agency,” stated Stacey Young, President of the Park Board of Commissioners.

Mr. Gerhard currently serves as the Director of Operations for the Decatur Park District and has served in this role since January 2019. Mr. Gerhard was the Director of Facilities and Operations, Richland Community College from 2014-2019 prior to transitioning to the Decatur Park District.

During his extensive 16-year career, Mr. Gerhard has developed and implemented operating policies and procedures, recruited and trained new talent, been instrumental in project planning for the Decatur Park District including facilities such Splash Cove/Lazy River, Steven Creek Bike Trail Expansion and the Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater. In 1999, he started his first job as a seasonal employee for the Decatur Park District and that experience shaped his desire to want to pursue a future leadership opportunity with the agency.

Mr. Gerhard is a hard-working, dedicated, and committed leader who has demonstrated his ability to be a forward thinker, strategic and provide direction during challenging times.  He is a graduate of Millikin University, lives in Decatur with his wife Andrea and four kids.

The Decatur Park Board will take formal action to confirm the appointment of Mr. Gerhard’s new role as Incoming Executive Director at the June 16, 2021, regularly scheduled board meeting. Effective September 3, 2021, he will transition to his promoted role as the Executive Director.

Mr. Gerhard may be reached at or 217-422-5911.


The Decatur Park District will host the11th Annual MidState Cup Tournament in Decatur, June 4 – 6 at the Decatur Soccer Complex, presented by ADM and Midwest Fiber. Admission is free.

The MidState Cup, an Illinois Youth Soccer Association approved tournament, will welcome 90 boys’ and girls’ (U8 – U18) club travel teams from Illinois and surrounding states coming to compete. Nearly 8,000 attendees are expected for the weekend.

The economic impact to the Decatur community from the tournament will be substantial given that teams will be visiting our local hotels, restaurants, gas stations, shopping centers along with attending many family-driven activity destinations.

Thank you to Tournament Sponsorsors, ADM; Midwest Fiber; Village of Forsyth; Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; J.J. Swartz, Busey Bank, Jimmy Johns, Play It Again Sports, Robin Caceres, Raymond James, Artime & Wherley, Dunn Company, Dansig, Subway, Bob Brady Auto Mall, Northwestern Mutual – Todd Parker, Trivent Financial, Del’s Popcorn, TLC Coffee House & Ice Cream, Crawford’s Pizza & Pub, The Brass Horn, May, Cocagne & King, Skeff Distributing.

For more information, visit or contact Colin Bonner, MidState Soccer Director, at 217-429-3472.

MidState Soccer Cup Tournament

Date: June 4 – 6
Location: Decatur Soccer Complex
Fee: Free

*Note: Educational Drive will be closed to through traffic that weekend.



To better serve the community and create more equitable access, in joint partnership, the Decatur Park District and Decatur Public Transit are offering additional city bus routes including transportation to community attractions including Splash Cove, the Children’s Museum of Illinois, Scovill Zoo and The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater.

“Our community has so much to offer residents and transportation is a key component to having access to experiencing all there is to do in Decatur,” stated Stacey Young, President of the Decatur Park District Board of Commissioners. “Partnering with the City to provide these additional bus routes to our facilities just makes sense.”

Daily, a route will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. between Splash Cove, the Children’s Museum of Illinois, Scovill Zoo and the Decatur Transit Center every 30 minutes. Additionally, on scheduled show nights, a bus route will run from the Decatur Civic Center to The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater every 30 minutes beginning at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 10:30 p.m.

All routes continue to be offered free of charge due to COVID-19. Following the Federal Transit Authority guidelines, face masks are still required while riding public transportation. For more details on public routes and schedules, go online to or call Dispatch at 217-424-2800.


Join us for Women’s Golf Day – June 1, 2021

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Join the global community June 1, 2021

Ladies! Head out to Hickory Point Golf Club on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, to enjoy the driving range with pro’s, bar drinks, and get fitted for clubs!

Learn More About Women’s Golf Day

A One Day Event for New and Existing Golfers Joining Women and Girls Around the Globe. Women’s Golf Day allows women to explore various options in their community including local facilities, lessons, leagues and other ways to get involved in golf.

The Devon Amphitheater COVID-19 Policies for 2021 Season

The Devon Amphitheater COVID-19 Guidelines | As of May 18, 2021

We can’t wait to welcome you back through our gates for the 2021 season! Thank you for your patience as we navigate through all the changes in health protocols related to COVID-19.

Currently, our plans for masks and social distancing include:

  • Any individual that is fully vaccinated is clear to attend events at The Devon without a mask, if they choose.
  • There will be no proof of vaccination required.
  • Individuals that are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask when social distancing cannot be practiced.

If you have any concerns and would prefer a refund or a move to the lawn for more social distancing space, please contact us via email at

Summer Tennis at Fairview Tennis Complex

Tennis is back!⁠

The Fairview Park Tennis Complex features 9 competition-grade courts, lounge, concessions/vending, restrooms and showers.⁠

We offer classes and camps for ages 3 to adult!⁠

Facility hours: (June 1 – August 11)⁠
Monday – Friday 8AM – 8 PM⁠
Saturdays & Sundays 10AM – 4PM⁠

Walk- on = Free⁠
Reserved = $5/hour⁠
Ball Machine = $7/hour⁠

Call 217-421-7432 to reserve in advance or ask about lessons!⁠


The Beck family of Decatur, Illinois, has once again agreed to sponsor the 2021 USTA/Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic, a men’s USTA Pro Circuit event held at the Fairview Tennis Complex in Decatur, Ill. This is the twenty second year of the tournament as well as the twenty second consecutive year in which the Beck family has agreed to be the title sponsor.
This year, the tournament prize money continues to be $25,000. This professional tournament hosts 70 players from over 20 countries competing not only for prize money but ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) world ranking points.

“The 22nd annual Ursula Beck Pro Tennis classic represents one of the many ways our parents, Darrell and Ursula Beck showed their love for their hometown through the gifting of their time, talents and treasures from the tournament start in 1999 through 2021” said Matt Beck, son of the late Darrell and Ursula Beck. “They both came from humble beginnings and always looked to help make events such as this a success. WE are sure they are looking down on Decatur with love and a big smile as the BECK flourishes again in Decatur. The financial contribution is done through the many fond and grateful memories their children have of them. Good Luck to the BECK!” This year’s tournament runs from August 2 through August 8. For more information, please utilize the contact information below.

The USTA/Ursula Beck Men’s Pro Tennis Classic began in 1999 and has developed into one of the premier tournaments on the United States Tennis Association Professional Circuit. Each year, 70 players from over 20 countries participate in the seven-day event, battling it out for ATP professional ranking points. Top players from the Decatur Futures have gone on to compete at all four Grand Slam tournaments against the likes of world no. 1’s Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The tournament is coordinated by the Decatur Community Tennis Foundation, a not-for-profit 510 (c) 3 organization.

The USTA Pro Circuit was formed in 1979 to provide players with an opportunity to gain the professional ranking points they need to compete on the major pro tours. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, it has since grown into the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, consisting of approximately 100 tournaments and offering nearly $3 million in prize money. The USTA Pro Circuit has been a launching pad for many of today’s top pros, including Andy Murray, Naomi Osaka, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Alexander Zverev, Kei Nishikori, Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine Muguruza, Nick Kyrgios and Milos Raonic.

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For more information, contact:
Chuck Kuhle, Tournament Director
Work (217) 423-7020 Cell (217) 433-8864