Trees on the Tees – A Festival of Trees with a Twist! Presented by Decatur Building Trades.
Encounter an outdoor experience sure to get you embracing the holiday spirit! Aboard a golf cart after dark, drive through an enchanting path of beautifully decorated trees. Afterward, pull up a hay bale to roast s’mores by the fire pit and sip on hot cocoa. Want to walk the course instead? The first hour of each evening will be reserved for foot traffic only!
As part of is the City of Decatur’s bike trail master planning initiative YOU ARE INVITED to an upcoming Virtual Community Workshop!
The Community Workshop is a key component in developing a bicycle plan that serves our community, and everyone is invited and encouraged to attend! For the health and safety of all, this program will be hosted on-line and we need your help to make it a success.
As an active member of the Decatur Area community, you can help us spread the word and share with your clients, coworkers, and collaborators. The virtual meeting will provide an interactive opportunity for participants to guide discussions about the Decatur Area’s bicycling needs, review early study findings, and identify bicycle opportunities in the region.
The first Community Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2020, with two opportunities to participate from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. CDT and 6:00-7:00 PM. Both presentations will be recorded and posted to the project website for those who are unable to attend live.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, weather permitting. 6 week walking/hiking group, using some of the best trails within the Decatur Park District! Improve cardio endurance while enjoying group camaraderie in an outdoor setting. With fitness stops planned along the way, we’ll also use bodyweight and functional training to increase muscle strength.
Bonus! If the weather turns too wintery, you’ll have FREE access to our virtual online classes through the DISC! $37 Value!
The Decatur Park District received the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administration (AAPRA). The award was presented during the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience.
The 2020 Gold Medal Grand Plaque recipients are:
Class I (population 400,001 and over)
Metroparks Toledo –Ohio
Class II (population 150,001 – 400,000)
City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department –North Carolina
Class III (population 75,001 – 150,000)
Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation –Indiana
Class IV (population 30,001 – 75,000)
Decatur Park District –Illinois
Class V (population less than 30,000)
City of Green River Parks and Recreation Department –Wyoming
Armed Forces Recreation Award
Fort Riley Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Community Recreation Division –Kansas
This award could not have been possible without the hard work and dedication from the Decatur Park Board of Commissioners, District staff, volunteers, donors and community collaborators over the last 96 years.
In presenting the Grand Plaques, AAPRA President Dianne Hoover shared, “The National Gold Medal Awards, both the Finalist and the Grand Plaques, are especially significant this year as agencies were adapting to a new normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Agencies were experiencing unprecedented increase in park usage at the same time they were adapting to new recreation program delivery challenges. Each agency is to be commended and congratulated.”
Founded in 1965, the National Gold Medal Awards program honors communities throughout 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. Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of community members, staff and elected officials.
A panel of five park and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both the local and national levels.
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; to encourage scholarly efforts by practitioners and educators to enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; to promote broader understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and, to conduct research, publish scholarly papers and/or sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration. For more information, visit www.aapra.org.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org
Enter the 5K or 10K virtual Turkey Trot run! Register by November 2 to guarantee a long-sleeved shirt, in the 5K, 10K, and walk. No shirts ordered after this date. Purchase a Turkey Trot cotton beanie or stretch fleece headband for $10 each (must be ordered by November 2). Call Gabby Cliff at 429-7750 with any questions.
Register online at runsignup.com or mail your application & fee by November 2 to Decatur Indoor Sports Center, 1295 W. Wood, Decatur, IL 62522, or call 429-3472.
Email your results to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 21. Results will be posted November 22!
Virtual Race Time: Anytime between November 14 – 21
Fee: $21 (add additional $6 for shipping) includes long sleeved shirt & finisher medal. (Register by November 2 to guarantee a shirt)
Shirt Pick-Up: November 13 / 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Scovill Activity Center / 3909 West Main Street
Fall Skills Clinic at Rotary Park! September 15 – October
Our Fall Skills Clinics will cover everything your child needs to get ready for the spring season. Training sessions will include hitting, fielding, throwing, base running, and more! Questions? Call 429-3472
or email email@example.com.
Fee includes t-shirt. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, participants must supply their own batting helmet and glove. Bats will be supplied to each team and sanitized.
Coaches are local high school and middle school coaches and players. Parent volunteers are needed for 3-6 year old age groups. Contact Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org. No experience necessary. Must pass background check. Parent volunteers receive 1-free child registration.