The Men’s Class D&E ASA State Slowpitch Tourney will be held at Rotary Park from July 17 – 19. Forty teams from across the state will compete in this double-elimination tournament. Games start at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, contact Tony Albertina at 429-3472.

Daily admission is cash only and is $12 per day per car or $25 for an all-weekend pass. For more information, contact Tony Albertina at 429-3472 or 421-6642.

Social distancing restrictions include a limit of 50 people per field and 20% of spectator capacity. Families attending should sit together. Start times between games will be staggered to avoid large gatherings and games will be played on alternating fields when possible.

Men’s Class D&E ASA State Slowpitch Tourney

Date:   Friday – Sunday, July 17 – 19

Time:   7:00 p.m. on Friday

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. on Saturday

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday

Location: Rotary Park

Admission: Single-Day Pass: $12 per car

All-Tournament Pass: $25 per car


The regular meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners of Decatur Park District scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at 12 o’clock noon has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 12 o’clock noon at the Decatur Park District Administration Office at 620 East Riverside Ave., Decatur, Illinois.

/s/Amanda M. Childress, Secretary
Board of Park Commissioners
Decatur, Illinois

Beck Tennis Classic Postponed Until 2021

The 22nd Annual USTA/Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic has been postponed until 2021. “Due to the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19, the United States Tennis Association has cancelled all five ITF World Tennis Tour events taking place in the U.S. in August. This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of all those involved with these events” the USTA announced Monday, July 6th. Tournaments in Lexington, KY, Landisville, PA, Concord, MA, Memphis, TN as well as Decatur, IL were all affected by the decision.

“This was a disappointing day for our tennis community and the City of Decatur. Unfortunately, ever since the announcement on opening professional men’s tennis with our $25,000 men’s event a couple weeks ago, things seem to have just gone the other way for the tennis world. Several high-profile professional tennis players have contracted COVID-19 and the country as a whole has had more outbreaks. On the bright side, our committee was encouraged by the strong sponsorship pledged this year which nearly matched what we experienced in 2019” said Chuck Kuhle, tournament director. “To have that kind of support in a year like this was unbelievable. We look forward to returning to the Fairview Tennis Center in 2021.”

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.

With more than 100 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $15,000 to upwards of $160,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world and the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players. Now in its 41st year, the USTA Pro Circuit has been a launching pad for many of today’s top pros, including John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Kei Nishikori, Victoria Azarenka, Taylor Fritz and Kevin Anderson. Follow the USTA Pro Circuit at #USTAProCircuit on social media and at

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


A new outdoor playground for all ages and abilities, will be unveiled with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Historic Nelson Park on Wednesday, July 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Teaming up with the Decatur Parks Foundation, JWA has combined their effort to make the Decatur community a better place and to improve the economic, educational, and social conditions of the community through financial assistance and volunteer service by bringing this interactive playground to a public park for all to enjoy.

“This is a valuable addition to the Overlook Adventure Park area offering a public play space for our community intermingled with the businesses established there,” said Jill Applebee, Parks Foundation Director.

Donation of the JWA playground would not have been possible without the generosity of its dedicated members.

What: JWA Playground Unveiling
Date: Wednesday, July 8
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Nelson Park at Overlook Adventure Park


In guidance with the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, the Decatur Park District is re-opening The Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC) in Phase 4 beginning Monday, June 29 with new hours from 6AM – 8PM Monday through Friday and 8AM – 5PM on Saturday and Sundays.

The re-opening includes the fitness center, track, courts and indoor group fitness classes. In accordance with the DCEO guidelines, members and visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings when not exercising and maintain social distance of at least 6-feet.

DISC staff has moved fitness equipment to allow for proper spacing and has marked floors accordingly. Staff will be training users to properly sanitize equipment before and after each use while encouraging frequent hand washing/sanitizing.

Fitness classes will be limited to maximum of 50 participants with social distancing. The overall DISC capacity will be limited to 50% occupancy. The playroom for childcare remains closed at this time.

Users are encouraged to bring their own water or personal water bottles to fill at bottle filling stations. Drinking fountains will remain inoperable at this time.

Past DISC members will be contacted about updating their accounts and new members are welcome.

The Park District continues to urge everyone to keep abreast of the latest public health information via the CDC website at, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Macon County Health Department.

Visit for activity and program news related to program and facility re-openings and updates.



In guidance with the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, the Decatur Park District is re-opening some public restroom facilities and pavilion rentals in its high-use areas.

Currently Open

Nelson Dog Park Restrooms
Nelson Gas Dock Restrooms (formerly the snack shack restrooms)
Fairview Main Restrooms by Pavilion #1
Fairview Dog Park Restrooms

Opening July 1st with a pavilion reservation only

Nelson Pavilion #1 Restrooms
Nelson Pavilion #2 Restrooms
Hess Park
Mueller Park
Kiwanis Park
Sinawik Park
Cresthaven Park
South Shores Park

Neighborhood pavilion rental options are limited to Hess, Mueller, Kiwanis, and Sinawik to allow our limited staff to focus on cleaning those restrooms well. Drinking fountains will remain inoperable at all locations until we receive updated guidance from the State of Illinois.

“As we take steps to slowly return to our summer operations, we are prioritizing our essential services at our most popular locations to focus on first,” stated Bill Clevenger, Executive Director of the Decatur Park District.

The Park District continues to urge everyone to keep abreast of the latest public health information via the CDC website at, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Macon County Health Department.

Visit for activity and program news related to program and facility re-openings and updates.


2020 marks the 37th year the Decatur Park District and Illinois State Board of Education have partnered to provide free meals at locations across Decatur as part of the Summer Food Service Program. This summer’s program, in collaboration with Decatur Public Schools District #61 (DPS #61), will provide continued food insecurity relief for our children.

As an extension of the current DPS #61 meal distribution (ending June 30), The Decatur Park District will continue providing service throughout the remainder of the summer at the same locations and times for a seamless transition for the public.

Grab and go meals are available for free on Tuesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Eisenhower, MacArthur, Hope and Steven Decatur as well as Tuesday and Friday 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at French STEM, Muffley, South Shores and Parsons schools. Three days’ worth of meals are provided on Tuesdays and two days’ worth of meals are provided on Fridays. Free lunches are for children aged 18 and under. For more information, call Jamie Gower, Decatur Park District Director of Recreation and Facilities, at 422-5911.

Due to the effects of COVID-19 and the Governor’s Restore Illinois phased plan, the Yellow Hat Park Leaders Program will not be operating in our neighborhood parks this summer.

Devon 2020 Season Cancelled

After much deliberation, The Decatur Park District has canceled all events that are part of the 2020 Season at The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19 and crowd restrictions as set forth by our Governor’s Restore Illinois phased re-opening plan. Rentals of The Devon for events following phased guidelines will be considered on a case by case basis.

The Devon is currently working with the performers originally scheduled for 2020 to determine which events can be rescheduled for the 2021 season. For events that are not rescheduled for the 2021 season, refunds will be issued as described.

Season ticket holders and sponsors will have the choice to roll their tickets to the 2021 season, request a full refund, or donate any portion to the Decatur Parks Foundation to support arts programming.

“We want our guests to have the experience they expect when they come to The Devon. With the current restrictions, we don’t feel that we could offer that in the time remaining left in the summer,” stated Mike Wilcott, General Manager of The Devon.

During this time of new beginnings, The Devon is available for rentals keeping in mind the IDPH and CDC guidelines.

With our sights set on 2021, our board and staff look forward to welcoming you back to The Devon with a renewed sense of enthusiasm as the health and safety of our community is restored. The continued patience, understanding and support is appreciated as The Devon works to offer more outstanding experiences in 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Wilcott at or call 422-5911.


May 28 – $5 Friday – 90’s Daughter

June 5 – Leonid & Friends

June 18 – $5 Friday – Captain  Geech & The Shrimp Shack Shooters

June 19 – Dogs of Society: The Ultimate Eton Rock Tribute

June 25 – Oak Ridge Boys

July 4 – River Bottom Nightmare Band

July 10 – The Docksiders

July 16 – Hairball

August 28 – BritBeat

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Decatur Park District Named 2020 Gold Medal Finalist

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Musco Lighting, LLC is proud to continue sponsoring the Gold Medal Awards program as it has for more than 20 years.

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the United States that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. The 2020 applications are separated into six classes, with five classes based on population and one class for armed forces.

Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of community members, staff members and elected officials. Four finalists in each class are chosen to compete for grand honors each year.

The 2020 Gold Medal finalists are as follows:

Class I (population 400,001 and over)

  • Dallas Park and Recreation — Dallas, Texas
  • East Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission — Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Metroparks Toledo — Toledo, Ohio
  • Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities — Mesa, Arizona

Class II (population 150,001 to 400,000)

  • Greensboro Parks and Recreation — Greensboro, North Carolina
  • City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department — Tampa, Florida
  • City of Henderson Parks and Recreation — Henderson, Nevada
  • Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department — Des Moines, Iowa

Class III (population 75,001 to 150,000)

  • Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation — Carmel, Indiana
  • City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department — New Braunfels, Texas
  • City of Thornton Community Services — Thornton, Colorado
  • Arlington Heights Park District — Arlington Heights, Illinois

Class IV (population 30,001 to 75,000)

  • Decatur Park District — Decatur, Illinois
  • Coppell Parks and Recreation — Coppell, Texas
  • Centerville-Washington Park District — Centerville, Ohio
  • Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services — Evanston, Illinois

Class V (population less than 30,000)    

  • Green River Parks and Recreation  Green River, Wyoming
  • East Goshen Township Parks and Recreation  West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Vernon Hills Park District  Vernon Hills, Illinois
  • Valley City Parks and Recreation — Valley City, North Dakota

Armed Forces Recreation

  • U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley — Fort Riley, Kansas
  • U.S. Army Garrison RP Kaiserslautern — Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria — Grafenwoehr, Germany
  • U.S. Army Garrison Fort Knox — Fort Knox, Kentucky

“Congratulations to the 2020 Finalists in the National Gold Medal Award Program! AAPRA is proud to administer this national award program which recognizes excellence in park and recreation management,” says Jane Adams, AAPRA executive director. “We thank all the agencies who applied this year, particularly in light of the management demands during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Applying during this challenging time speaks to the importance of this award program to the park and recreation profession and professionals.”

A panel of five park and recreation professionals will review and judge all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation, on both the local and national levels.

This year’s finalists will compete for Grand Plaque Award honors this summer, and the six Grand Plaque recipients will be announced during the 2020 NRPA Conference, which will be held virtually in October. The presentation of both the Finalist and Grand Plaque recipients is being finalized and details will be forthcoming on the virtual conference website.

For more information on the Gold Medal Awards, visit or

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The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration is a nonprofit organization founded to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; to encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators that would enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; to promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and, to conduct research, publish scholarly papers and sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration. For more information, visit

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all people 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 For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

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