B-29 “Doc” Coming to the Wings & Wheels Event!

The B-29 Doc History Restored Tour will be a part of the Wings & Wheels event at Decatur Airport, August 3-4, 2024.

B-29 Doc, one of 1,644 B-29 Superfortress aircraft built by the Boeing Company in Wichita, KS, during World War II, will be available for ground and cockpit tours, as well as B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides during the tour stop in Decatur, Illinois.

“Doc’s appearance at the event is bound to be a significant draw for aviation enthusiasts and history lovers alike” stated Decatur Airport Director, Tim Wright. “Seeing this historic aircraft in person will be a unique and unforgettable experience, and we are excited to have the opportunity to offer this to all of our guests at the Wings and Wheels event.”

B-29 Doc will arrive at Decatur Airport on Thursday, August 1 and will be available for ride flights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 2-4. Doc will be also be on static display and available for ground and cockpit tours during the Wings & Wheels event. B-29 Doc Flight Experience tickets are on sale now at www.b29doc.com/rides. While the aircraft is on the ground, visitors will be able to climb inside the cockpit through the forward bomb bay to get a look inside one of only two B-29 Superfortresses still airworthy and flying today.

“The B-29 Doc History Restored Tour provides unique, one-of-a-kind access to the type of airplane that helped deliver the end of World War II in the Pacific against Japan for the Allied Forces,” said Josh Wells, B-29 Doc executive director. “When people have a chance to fly in Doc or climb inside one of only two remaining B-29 Superfortress bombers, it brings to life the stories of the men and women who designed, built, flew and maintained these historic warbirds. It also ensure the legacy of the Greatest Generation lives on for the future.”

Event Details for the B-29 Doc History Restored Tour at Wings & Wheels in Decatur, Ill.

B-29 Doc will arrive at Decatur Airport August 1, and will be available for B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides Friday, August 2 at 6 and 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4 at 8 and 10 a.m. both days. Doc will then be on static display and available for ground and cockpit tours during the Wings & Wheels event, beginning at 2 p.m. August 3 and 4. Ride flight tickets are on sale now via www.b29doc.com/rides. More information about the Wings & Wheels event hosted by the Decatur Airport can be found here: www.decatur-parks.org

On the web: www.b29doc.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/B29DocsFriends
Facebook: www.facebook.com/B29Doc

Media Contact:
Josh Wells, B-29 Doc, (316) 358-9894 josh@b29doc.com

About Doc’s Friends and B-29 Doc
Doc’s Friends, Inc., is a 501c3 non-profit board managing the operation of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as Doc. Doc is a B-29 Superfortress and one of 1,644 manufactured in Wichita during World War II. It is one of only two remaining B-29s that are still airworthy and flying today.  The mission of Doc’s Friends is to HONOR the men and women who sacrificed so much for the freedom of others, including those who designed, built, maintained and flew the B-29 during and after WWII. CONNECT people with the rich heritage of the B-29 and allow aviation enthusiasts to experience the thrill of a B-29 up close. EDUCATE today’s and future generations on the contributions of the Greatest Generation during wartime.

About the B-29 Doc History Restored Tour and B-29 Doc Flight Experience
Each year, B-29 Doc travels to cities across the United States to allow aviation enthusiasts a chance to B-29 Doc up-close and personal. Doc’s annual tour mission includes an average of 100 flight hours, beginning in early April and spanning through the summer until late October. Tour stops include ground and flight deck tours, as well as B-29 Doc Flight Experiences. The B-29 Doc Flight Experience will last approximately 90 minutes and include a 30-minute ride. Prior to takeoff, passengers will experience a crew briefing and learn more about the history of the B-29 and the role it played in U.S. history. Passengers will also get to hear and see the sights and sounds of engine starts and run-ups prior to takeoff.

B-29 Doc is one of 1,644 B-29 Superfortress aircraft built by the Boeing Company in Wichita, KS, during World War II and it’s one of only two B-29s still airworthy and flying today.

 

Midstate Soccer Summer Camps!

MYSL Soccer Camp / July 23 – July 25 / Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Age-appropriate games, skills challenges, soccer relay races, and more! Music with a DJ and giveaways (including a camp soccer ball) make this a blast! Registration deadline is July 14.

Ages: K – 3 / 6 – 7 p.m.
Ages: 4 – 8  / 7 – 8 p.m.
Location: Decatur Soccer Complex
Fee: $76 ($66 with resident discount)


Little Kritters Camp / July 23 – July 25 / Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Little Kritters 3 day camp is back! New & unique format. Lots of fun games, new activities & free swag. In association with other Park District facilities.

Age 3 / 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Age 4 / 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Location: Decatur Soccer Complex
Fee: $72 ($66 with resident discount)
Save money with Combo Price! Register for summer Little Kritters AND Little Kritters Camp!

Juneteenth Celebration at the Devon!

Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration at the Devon! June 16 / 2 – 6 p.m. / Free Family Fun!

Prince Night, The Ultimate Prince Tribute featuring Mico Wave, on June 16 as part of the Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration. This exciting performance begins at 4:45 p.m. and runs till 6:00 p.m. Best of all, the event is free to attend!
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The Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration has a full lineup of events throughout the day, including 23 vendors promoting various goods and services, a kids’ play area with face painting, rock decorating, and games, live art created by artist Antonio Burton through his Picasso Experience, and a gallery of local artists.
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Additionally, CASA will be announcing the winner of their playhouse raffle at 4:30 p.m., with raffle tickets available for purchase at the event. Food trucks will serve delicious eats, and early arrivals will receive a $5.00 food voucher. The celebration also includes Battle of the DJ’s, featuring an Old School vs. New School battle between DJ DREE and DJ FRESH.
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Also, African Cultural Entertainment will feature drummers and dancers showcasing the art of African Dance. ECE is located out of Chicago. There will also be music bingo, 50/50 raffles, door prizes, and more!

Wings and Wheels at Decatur Airport

Wings & Wheels / August 3 & 4 / 2:00 p.m. – Dusk

Get ready for an incredible afternoon and evening of excitement at Decatur Airport’s Wings and Wheels event, celebrating the Decatur Park District’s 100th Anniversary!

The event kicks off in the afternoon with live music, static car and plane show, where you can admire a stunning display of classic cars and planes. A variety of vendors offering food and beverages, and kids activities will also be available.

But the excitement doesn’t stop there! As the evening unfolds, get ready for a truly unique show that will leave you in awe. Witness an extraordinary spectacle featuring drones, fireworks, a wall of fire, and more. This one-of-a-kind display promises to be a memorable experience!

• Drone Show & Fireworks at Dusk
• Live Music (Acts to be announced)
• The Ripple Foundation Static Car Show (Saturday)
• Static Plane Show
• Static Motorcycle & Tractor Show (Sunday only)
• Food & Drink
• Wing Eating Contest
• Kids Fun Area

Admission is $5 per person / Children under 2 are Free

Click here to purchase tickets! 

Boat Race Important Information

Hardy’s Highway Race for the Lake – Important Information

Decatur IL: Get ready for the thrilling Hardy’s Highway Race for the Lake event taking place on June 8th and 9th at Nelson Park and Lake Decatur! To ensure you have the best experience, here are some important details to note:

Live Stream – Spectators can tune in to LIVE coverage of the event by streaming WSOY 1340AM radio on NowDecatur.com. Don’t miss a moment of the action!  Please note that the best way to tune into the race action and hear important announcements is to go directly to NowDecatur.com.  WSOY 1340AM radio will be broadcasting the Cardinal games on both race days however the stream on NowDecatur.com will always be live with boat race coverage.

Road Closures – Lakeshore Drive from Lost Bridge Road to Cantrell Street into Nelson Park will be closed starting at 5 a.m. on Friday, June 7th and will reopen on Monday, June 10th at 5am. Please plan to use alternate routes during this time.   Detour signage will be provided.

Spectator Parking – Parking for spectators will be available on Lake Shore Drive for $5.00. Motorists should enter from the intersection of Lost Bridge Road/16th Street and Lake Shore Drive. A tram shuttle will be provided to transport patrons to Nelson Park.  No overnight parking is allowed.

No Spectator Parking in Nelson Park on Saturday – Please note that there will be no public parking available in Nelson Park on Saturday. Consider using the convenient $5 parking option available on Lake Shore Drive.

Sunday Spectator Parking – On Sunday, Parking will also be available in the Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater lot as well as adjacent parking lots for $5.00.   Please follow the designated signage.

Coolers and Personal Belongings – No Coolers will be allowed in Nelson Park or on Lake Shore Drive.  No personal belongings (chairs, tents, etc.) will be allowed to remain overnight.   All personal belongings must be removed overnight between race days.

 

Boater Specific Information

Boat Ramps and Fuel Dock Closure – The Nelson Park Boat Ramps and the Fuel Dock will be closed from 5 a.m. on Friday, June 7, until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 10.  Please plan to utilize another boat ramp outside basin #2 during this time and consider filling your boat at the fuel dock the week leading up to the races.

Boat Travel – Slip Renters in Nelson Park as well as other dock owners in Basin #2 who wish to exit their slips for open water to observe the races or make their way to other portions of the Lake on will need to do so by 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th.   Boaters traveling from other basins to watch the races will also need to be in basin #2 by 9 a.m.

Boaters may not leave their slips after 9 a.m. until a break in racing is announced which could be early afternoon.  Both Lake Patrol and IDNR Officers will be patrolling the area once race boats begin entering the water to ensure a safe event.   Please tune in to the live stream on WSOY at NowDecatur.com for periodic break announcements.

 No Wake Zone – On Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th, Basin #2 will be designated as a no wake zone for all spectator boats from bridge to bridge. Please adhere to this requirement to ensure safety and enjoyment for everyone.  Officers from the IDNR will be assisting Decatur Lake Patrol Officers to ensure a safe event for all.

 Periodic Breaks – Boaters who do not leave their slips at Nelson Park, their personal docks, or travel from another basin before 9 a.m. for open water may do so during periodically announced breaks.  Boaters may also return to their slips or travel to another basin during announced break periods.  Boat travel must not create a wake in Basin #2 even during periodic breaks.  Breaks are not scheduled and will wholly depend on how the races progress.  The race is jam packed with heats and is sure to be an exciting, but long two days.  PLAN ACCORDINGLY. Tune into the race stream on WSOY at NowDecatur.com for announcements and updates.

Accidents – In the unfortunate event of an accident, trained rescue and dive teams will respond accordingly.  Personal watercraft are asked to remain at the multicolored buoy line and not interfere in order to allow first responders quicker access to area of the accident.

Anchoring – Boats are allowed to anchor outside of the multicolored buoy line. Refer to the attached picture for visual guidance.

Parking Passes – A limited number of parking passes for boat slip renters will be available at the Decatur Park District main office located at 620 East Riverside Avenue starting on Monday, June 3, at 10 a.m. Each slip renter is eligible for only 1 parking pass. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

We hope this information helps you plan your visit to Hardy’s Highway Race for the Lake at Nelson Park and Lake Decatur. Enjoy the incredible races and the exciting atmosphere!

Fairview Park Update!

Fairview Park Destination Playground & City of Decatur Sewer System Update
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The City of Decatur is embarking on an important $16.5 million project to address the drainage issues in the area northeast of Fairview Park, south of Grand Ave, and west of Oakland Ave. Currently, the combined sanitary and storm sewer system in this area has resulted in frequent backups during wet weather, causing inconvenience for residents. To alleviate these problems, the city will be installing a new storm sewer system and separating the combined sewers. As part of this initiative, an 850′ section of the new sewer will need to be installed through Fairview Park, including underneath the park’s playground. The project is scheduled to begin early spring 2024 and is expected to be completed in under a month.
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Fairview Park Destination Playground Upgrade
Once the new storm sewer system is in place, an exciting new destination playground will be installed in Fairview Park. This renovation will introduce innovative playground elements that have never been seen before in Decatur, providing a fresh and enriching experience for children and families. The installation of the playground will be carried out through the spring and summer of 2024, with the anticipated reopening of the playground in early fall.
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For more information, please contact the Park District office at 217-422-5911.

Playing 5-9 at Overlook Adventure Park

Ladies! Join us on May 9th, for Playing 5 to 9, a women’s golf outing. Play 18 hole mini golf with fun perks along the way. When you are done with your game, stop visit some of our vendors. From getting hair tinsel, and permanent bracelets to shopping Lululemon, visiting the photo booth. We are sure to have something you and your friends will love! ✨⛳️
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Grab your girlfriends and get registered today by calling 217-422-5911, or visiting the link below. 👇
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Roller Skating – New Dates Added!

Get Ready to Roll! Imagine gliding under the twinkling lights, surrounded by the laughter of friends and the aroma of freshly made donuts. Our roller-skating event at Fairview Park Pavilion 1 promises to create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you have fond memories of ice skating at Pavilion 1 or have always wanted to experience the magic, this event is for you.
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Don’t miss out on the chance to relive cherished memories and create new ones with friends and family. Visit Decatur-parks.org for more information.
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Event Details:
Dates: April 12 – 14 & 19 – 21
Location: Fairview Park Pavilion 1
Price: $6 for an hour of skating. $3 to rent skates.
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Roller skate rentals available for those without their own skates or bring your own roller skates.

Rolling Back Time: Roller Skating at Fairview Park

Rolling Back Time: February 2-4 & 9-11

Get Ready to Roll! Imagine gliding under the twinkling lights, surrounded by the laughter of friends and the aroma of freshly made donuts. Our roller-skating event at Fairview Park Pavilion 1 promises to create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you have fond memories of ice skating at Pavilion 1 or have always wanted to experience the magic, this event is for you.

Don’t miss out on the chance to relive cherished memories and create new ones with friends and family.

Event Details:
Dates: February 2-4 & 9-11
Location: Fairview Park Pavilion 1
Price: $6 Admission for 1 hour / $3 Roller Skate Rental
Roller skate rentals available for those without their own skates
Option to bring your own roller skates

New Senior Center Announced!

The Decatur Park District has been awarded $2.8 million from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) PARC Grant Program. This grant from the IDNR will provide a newly constructed facility specifically designed for seniors.  This will increase recreational opportunities, program offerings, and expand access for the social services that our Seniors so desperately need in the Decatur community.

The new Senior Center will feature a range of activities to serve an array of interests, expectations, and needs for our community’s maturing population. As of November 2023, the Macon County Senior Center and the Decatur Park District Senior Center combined to offer all services in one location and they have quickly outgrown their current facility.  This new space will not only offer daily exercise programs and activities like art classes, lectures, music enrichment, cards, games, and meal service but also critical services such as counseling for senior health insurance programs, agency referrals, and other important services.   The goal is to provide a one-stop shop for seniors in Decatur and Macon County.

“It’s exciting to see Decatur get support from the state, giving residents the recreational opportunities, they deserve,” said State Senator Doris Turner of Springfield. “Decatur is making tremendous progress on providing recreation for the community, especially for our seniors. These revitalization efforts will have lasting effects on the community.”

“I am pleased to see this renovation come to fruition to give our seniors a new community center, where they can stay active, socialize and learn new hobbies,” said State Rep. Sue Scherer of Decatur. “Instead of struggling to make it to different locations, all of the services will be in one central location which is what our seniors deserve.”

Along with the announcement of the $2.8 million dollar grant, the Decatur Park District is excited to announce that once this new facility is constructed, we can further expand our “one stop shop” for seniors, by partnering with CHELP, the Community Home Environment Learning Project to provide additional social services to our seniors.  CHELP provides Home Care Services (both state subsidized and private pay), Adult Protective Services, Senior Access to Care/Information and Referral Services as well as they facilitate the Dementia Friendly Decatur initiative.