COVID-19 Update: Golf Courses, Playgrounds and Dog Parks Closed Until Further Notice

In observation of Governor Pritzker’s Stay At Home Order and our continued efforts to protect the health and safety of our patrons and staff while monitoring the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the Decatur Park District is closing its golf courses, dog parks and all public playgrounds on District property until further notice.

The District continues to press the public follow the CDC, IDPH and Macon County Health Department guidance on personal hygiene and to observe social distancing minimums of 6 feet at all times.

Open greenspace, parks and trails continue to be accessible to the public at this time. If anyone chooses to use parks and trails during the coronavirus outbreak, we urge them to be respectful of others and make responsible choices. Note that trail and park users may find limited access to public restrooms and water fountains. Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

This guidance is current as of today, but is a fluid and evolving situation changing by the hour.

We continue to urge everyone to keep abreast of the latest public health information via the CDC website at www.cdc.gov, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Macon County Health Department.

Please visit www.decatur-parks.org for activity and program news related to program suspensions and facility closure updates.

Decatur Park District Latest COVID-19 Update: Restricting Offices to Essential Access Only

In its continued efforts to protect the health and safety of our patrons and staff while monitoring the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the Decatur Park District is restricting District offices to essential access only.

This includes the Decatur Park District Administration offices, Poage Arts & Recreation offices and Scovill Zoo offices. The Decatur Airport office will be restricted; however, the terminal building is still open with flights running according to schedule. This is in addition to the announcement (3/17) of the closure of the DISC until further notice. The District’s golf courses at Red Tail Run and Hickory Point Golf Club remain open for play, but are not hosting any events or tournaments during this time.

There will be drop boxes for mail and paper registrations at the Administration office and Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC) available until 6 p.m. on weekdays. Staff is available by phone to answer questions at 217-422-5911, completing our “contact us form” at www.decatur-parks.org/contact/ or by email. Emergencies can still be reported

Early observations have shown that there has been a surge of public use of trails and open outdoor areas of parks. While we have closed facilities and canceled programs, we have not closed parks and trails at this time.

We recommend if anyone chooses to use the parks, playgrounds and trails during the coronavirus outbreak, we urge them to be respectful of others and make responsible choices. Observe social distancing minimums, follow the CDC, IDPH and Macon County Health Department guidance on personal hygiene.  People can carry the virus from 2-14 days without showing any symptoms and it can be shed and live on surfaces exposing others.

Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms. Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable. Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park patrons and workers.

This guidance is current as of today, but is a fluid and evolving situation changing by the hour.

We continue to urge everyone to keep abreast of the latest public health information via the CDC website at www.cdc.gov, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Macon County Health Department.

Please visit www.decatur-parks.org for activity and program news related to program suspensions and facility closure updates.

Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC) To Close Until Further Notice

The Decatur Park District is committed to protecting the health and safety of our patrons and staff while monitoring the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Due to Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order limiting crowd sizes to under 50, the Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC) will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18 until further notice.

“We have been vigilant with precautions to keep our patrons and employees safe while continuing to make our facility available for the community,” stated Bill Clevenger, Executive Director of the Decatur Park District. “It has reached a point that closing the DISC facility and Schools Out Day Camp is the right thing to do as the situation continues to evolve.”

DISC users and pass holders can call the DISC at 429-3472 with any questions. Decisions are still being reviewed regarding freezing and/or extending memberships.

We continue to urge everyone to keep abreast of the latest public health information via the CDC website at www.cdc.gov, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Macon County Health Department.

Please visit www.decatur-parks.org for activity and program news related to program suspensions and facility closure updates.

DISC offering Schools Out Day Camp during school shut down

The Decatur Park District is committed to protecting the health and safety of our patrons and staff while monitoring the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Due to the State of Illinois mandate to close all k-12 schools and the increased demand it places on local families; we will be opening our Schools Out Day Camp at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC) in order to help meet the needs of our community.

Students aged 5-14 can be registered to attend Schools Out Day Camp online at www.decatur-parks.org, in person at the DISC or if a returning enrollment, registration can be completed over the phone by calling the DISC 217-429-3472. Scholarships are available for those who cannot pay for camp. Camp attendees will need to bring their own lunch. Attendance will be limited to 75 total participants per day with groups being divided into 3 different cohorts of 25 participants each.

“We realize we have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases and protecting vulnerable students and staff, but we also want to be part of the solution by providing students with a safe and healthy environment/place during this unprecedented time,” stated Bill Clevenger, Executive Director of the Decatur Park District.

In accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommendation, any child who has severe underlying chronic medical conditions that may put them at a higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness or are showing symptoms of illness should stay home.

We urge everyone to keep abreast of the latest public health information via the CDC website at www.cdc.gov, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Macon County Health Department.

Please visit www.decatur-parks.org for activity and program news related to program suspensions and facility closure updates.

 

 

Decatur Park District COVID-19 Response

3/20/20 UPDATE: Closure of Golf Courses, Playgrounds and Dog Parks.

In observation of Governor Pritzker’s Stay At Home Order and our continued efforts to protect the health and safety of our patrons and staff while monitoring the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the Decatur Park District is closing its golf courses, dog parks and all public playgrounds on District property until further notice.

The District continues to press the public follow the CDC, IDPH and Macon County Health Department guidance on personal hygiene and to observe social distancing minimums of 6 feet at all times.

Open greenspace, parks and trails continue to be accessible to the public at this time. If anyone chooses to use parks and trails during the coronavirus outbreak, we urge them to be respectful of others and make responsible choices. Note that trail and park users may find limited access to public restrooms and water fountains. Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

This guidance is current as of today, but is a fluid and evolving situation changing by the hour.

We continue to urge everyone to keep abreast of the latest public health information via the CDC website at www.cdc.gov, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Macon County Health Department.

Please visit www.decatur-parks.org for activity and program news related to program suspensions and facility closure updates.

3/18/20 UPDATE: Restricting Offices to Essential Access Only

In its continued efforts to protect the health and safety of our patrons and staff while monitoring the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the Decatur Park District is restricting District offices to essential access only.

This includes the Decatur Park District Administration offices, Poage Arts & Recreation offices and Scovill Zoo offices. The Decatur Airport office will be restricted; however, the terminal building is still open with flights running according to schedule. This is in addition to the announcement (3/17) of the closure of the DISC until further notice. The District’s golf courses at Red Tail Run and Hickory Point Golf Club remain open for play, but are not hosting any events or tournaments during this time.

There will be drop boxes for mail and paper registrations at the Administration office and Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC) available until 6 p.m. on weekdays. Staff is available by phone to answer questions at 217-422-5911, completing our “contact us form” at www.decatur-parks.org/contact/ or by email. Emergencies can still be reported

Early observations have shown that there has been a surge of public use of trails and open outdoor areas of parks. While we have closed facilities and canceled programs, we have not closed parks and trails at this time.

We recommend if anyone chooses to use the parks, playgrounds and trails during the coronavirus outbreak, we urge them to be respectful of others and make responsible choices. Observe social distancing minimums, follow the CDC, IDPH and Macon County Health Department guidance on personal hygiene.  People can carry the virus from 2-14 days without showing any symptoms and it can be shed and live on surfaces exposing others.

Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms. Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable. Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park patrons and workers.

This guidance is current as of today, but is a fluid and evolving situation changing by the hour.

We continue to urge everyone to keep abreast of the latest public health information via the CDC website at www.cdc.gov, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Macon County Health Department.

Please visit www.decatur-parks.org for activity and program news related to program suspensions and facility closure updates.

3/17/20 UPDATE: DISC Closing to public

The Decatur Park District is committed to protecting the health and safety of our patrons and staff while monitoring the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Due to Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order limiting crowd sizes to under 50, the Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC) will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18 until further notice.

“We have been vigilant with precautions to keep our patrons and employees safe while continuing to make our facility available for the community,” stated Bill Clevenger, Executive Director of the Decatur Park District. “It has reached a point that closing the DISC facility and Schools Out Day Camp is the right thing to do as the situation continues to evolve.”

DISC users and pass holders can call the DISC at 429-3472 with any questions. Decisions are still being reviewed regarding freezing and/or extending memberships.

We continue to urge everyone to keep abreast of the latest public health information via the CDC website at www.cdc.gov, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Macon County Health Department.

Please visit www.decatur-parks.org for activity and program news related to program suspensions and facility closure updates.

 

3/13/20 UPDATE: DISC offering Schools Out Day Camp during School Closures

The Decatur Park District is committed to protecting the health and safety of our patrons and staff while monitoring the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Due to the State of Illinois mandate to close all k-12 schools and the increased demand it places on local families; we will be opening our Schools Out Day Camp at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC) in order to help meet the needs of our community.

Students aged 5-14 can be registered to attend Schools Out Day Camp online at www.decatur-parks.org, in person at the DISC or if a returning enrollment, registration can be completed over the phone by calling the DISC 217-429-3472. Scholarships are available for those who cannot pay for camp. Camp attendees will need to bring their own lunch. Attendance will be limited to 75 total participants per day with groups being divided into 3 different cohorts of 25 participants each.

“We realize we have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases and protecting vulnerable students and staff, but we also want to be part of the solution by providing students with a safe and healthy environment/place during this unprecedented time,” stated Bill Clevenger, Executive Director of the Decatur Park District.

In accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommendation, any child who has severe underlying chronic medical conditions that may put them at a higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness or are showing symptoms of illness should stay home.

We urge everyone to keep abreast of the latest public health information via the CDC website at www.cdc.gov, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Macon County Health Department.

Please visit www.decatur-parks.org for activity and program news related to program suspensions and facility closure updates.

Decatur Park District COVID-19 Response

The Decatur Park District is committed to protecting the health and safety of our patrons and staff. The District continues to monitor the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, along with the guidelines and safety information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Macon County Health Department and The Park District Risk Management Association (PDRMA).

In accordance with recent CDC and State of Illinois guidelines that have been released and supporting social distancing, we will be taking the following precautions:

  • All group programming, classes, events, trips and tournaments hosted by the Decatur Park District are suspended until April 15. This includes: Midstate soccer, Perform! show (postponed until further notice), Little League baseball/softball, lacrosse, dance, volleyball, tumbling, pickleball tournament, special recreation association (SRA), seniors, umpire clinic, adult basketball and volleyball leagues, Greater Decatur Chorale and preschool programs.
  • The Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC) will remain open for individual fitness access, but all group fitness classes and activities will be suspended until April 15.
  • Our golf courses will remain open for golfers.
  • In an effort to protect our seniors, all programming at the Scovill Activity Center will be suspended until April 15.
  • The Decatur Airport follows the recommendations of the FAA and is currently operating flights as scheduled.
  • All pavilion and facility rentals will be at the discretion of the renter. If you are renting from the Decatur Park District, you can choose to maintain your rental, reschedule your rental at no charge for another open date, or cancel your event for a full refund.
  • All outdoor parks and facilities will remain on track for their opening date at this time.
  • Our administrative office will remain open to continue fully serving our community.

We will be addressing all requests for refunds and credits due to our cancellation or postponement per program.

Rest assured; we will be continually monitoring the news as information develops on a daily basis for updated procedures that may need to be taken.

In order to help limit the spread of the virus, The Decatur Park District has implemented an accelerated cleaning regimen at all facilities.

For your personal safety and the safety of others, we ask that you refrain from visiting park areas and facilities if you and/or your immediate family are not feeling well or have travelled to an area that has had positive findings of COVID-19.

We urge you to keep abreast of the latest public health information via the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.

Please visit www.decatur-parks.org for activity and program suspension and facility closure updates.

SkyWest Airlines Bringing United Express Jet Service to Decatur This Spring!

Daily United Express jet service, operated by SkyWest Airlines, will take off between Decatur (DEC) and Chicago (ORD) this spring! Starting March 5, 2020, SkyWest will provide Decatur travelers access to United’s global network via the airline’s Chicago hub. Tickets are available today at united.com. “We are excited to be a part of the Decatur community and look forward to providing reliable, convenient air service,” said Greg Atkin, SkyWest Airlines managing director – Market Development. “Passengers will enjoy a seamless travel process and improved flight experience onboard the quiet, comfortable 50-passenger jet.”
The flight schedule* in Decatur begins March 5 and is as follows:
Frequency Departure Airport

Departing Time Arrival Airport Arrival Time Daily DEC 6:00 a.m. ORD 7:05 a.m. Daily ORD 9:25 p.m. DEC 10:30 p.m. S,M,W,T,F ORD 10:35 a.m. DEC 11:40 a.m. S,M,W,T,F DEC 12:12 p.m. ORD 1:18 p.m.

*Flight schedule varies and is subject to change

Flights from Decatur are timed to provide maximum connection opportunities in Chicago for both business and leisure travelers. From United’s Chicago hub, customers will enjoy nearly 600 departures to more than 150 destinations worldwide, including stops in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, Canada and Africa. Customers will also have the opportunity to accrue frequent flier miles in United’s MilelagePlus loyalty program. Customers may book flights immediately at united.com or by calling United Airlines reservations at 800.UNITED.1 (800.846.8331). Remember, the best fares are always available at united.com. This press release and additional information about SkyWest Airlines can be found at www.skywest.com.

About SkyWest Airlines SkyWest Airlines is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. and partners with the world’s largest network carriers including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. With more than 14,000 aviation professionals operating nearly 2,400 daily flights, SkyWest Airlines connects millions of passengers each month to 267 destinations across North America and has a fleet of 495 aircraft. Headquartered in St. George, Utah, SkyWest’s industry-leading workforce and excellent leadership team have consistently generated solid operational and economic performance, setting the standard for excellence in the regional industry. Visit www.skywest.com for more information and follow @SkyWestAirlines on Twitter.

Saturday Zoo Buzz – Winter 2020

This winter, Scovill Zoo will offer a series of adult zoo sessions called Saturday Zoo Buzz at the Scovill Zoo Education Center. These adult-focused sessions will feature local, national, and global conservation topics. Join us the first Saturday of every month January – March, at 9 a.m. for coffee, snacks, and presentations by zoo professionals from around Illinois. Topics are listed below. Fee is $5.  Pre-registration is encouraged by calling the zoo at 421-7435.

 

SATURDAY ZOO BUZZ

Date/Topic:

Jan 4                Zoo Volunteerism

Feb 1               Dispelling Zoo Myths

Mar 7              Zoo Keeper Chats

Location:        Scovill Zoo Education Center

Time:              9 – 10 a.m.

Fee:                 $5

 

Decatur Issues Community Perception Survey

The Decatur Economic Development Corporation is reissuing the community marketing survey that was distributed in 2014 before the Limitless campaign launched, again in 2016 as a progress report of sorts, and today to see how perceptions have changed nearly 5 years into the community marketing and branding effort.

It measures perceptions about our community from both those that live here and those that don’t. Getting a sense of how people feel about Macon County is important for directing our marketing efforts and formulating plans for the next phase. Please take 10-minutes to complete the survey and share it with friends near and far.

Click here to take the survey.

First Shows Confirmed for 2020 Season at The Devon

As the 2020 season schedule for The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater comes together, the first confirmed shows have been announced including: BB King Blues Band, Hairball, BritBeat and Platinum Rock Legends.

“Like last year, we are offering a good mix of musical variety, price ranges and types of shows,” remarked Mike Wilcott, General Manager of The Devon. “We are really excited to bring back a couple of our successful acts from last year and also introduce new tributes, headliners and $5 Friday shows.”

Ticket on-sale dates and prices for each show can be found online at Eventbrite.com. More shows 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.

Decatur Airport Welcomes SkyWest Airlines in 2020

Decatur is excited to welcome SkyWest Airlines in 2020!

On December 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation selected SkyWest Airlines, Inc., branded as United Express (SkyWest), to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Decatur, Illinois, for a two-year contract term from February 1, 2020, through January 31, 2022.

SkyWest will provide 12 nonstop round trips per week to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) using 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jet CRJ200 (CRJ200) aircraft.

Watch the WAND-TV news story

Decatur Mayor, Julie Moore-Wolfe said, “SkyWest’s service will attract and help retain passengers in the region by offering greater access to the national air transportation network, as well as increase the number of passenger enplanements at Decatur Airport.”

Mr. Chris Harrison, President of the Decatur Park District that owns and manages Decatur Airport, writes: “After a thorough review of airline submissions, formal airline presentations, and engaging public feedback, the Decatur Park Board of Commissioners is recommending SkyWest Airlines…for providing Essential Air Service…” Mr. Harrison also stated that ORD is key to increasing passenger usage and long term success for air service at Decatur.

Congressman Rodney Davis, House Representative of the 13th District, Illinois, expressed strong support for SkyWest’s proposal, writing: “I fully welcome SkyWest’s proposal to provide highspeed jet access and air services from the Decatur community to Chicago (ORD). These proposed flights out of Decatur will add to our region’s continued economic growth.”

Ms. Miranda Rothrock, President of the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce submitted a letter to the Department that echoed Congressman Davis’ sentiments that SkyWest’s proposal would provide economic benefits to the Decatur region. Ms. Rothrock writes: “The SkyWest service will help attract and retain staff and customers in our community by offering greater access to the air travel network and a higher net number of enplanements. Existing businesses in Macon County will benefit while making it easier to recruit new ones through these offered air services.”

The Department expects Cape Air and SkyWest to work together to make a smooth transition at Decatur, with no service hiatus. Before Cape Air suspends service, the Department expects the carrier to notify all passengers holding reservations for travel after the suspension date, to assist those passengers in making alternate air transportation arrangements, or to provide a full refund of the ticket price, without penalty, if requested.

If SkyWest is unable to start service on February 1, 2020, Cape Air is required to serve Decatur with its current service pattern until SkyWest begins full EAS at the community.

Note: If passengers have a Cape Air ticket booked for March 5, 2020 or beyond it will be refunded by Cape Air starting on or around December 28, 2019. At that point you are able to then purchase a new ticket on www.united.com.

Read the full order selecting the carrier here.