COVID 19 Update: Dog Parks to Re-Open May 8

The Decatur Park District will reopen the dog parks in Nelson Park and Fairview Parks with restricted use rules as of Friday, May 8.

Users are encouraged to practice social distancing minimums of at least 6 feet and follow the specific rules and guidelines for use posted at the parks and online at We urge users to be respectful of others and make responsible choices while utilizing dog parks.

If you would like to purchase a dog park membership, complete the dog park registration form online. Drop form and payment off and pick up membership cards at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC) from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

The District continues to monitor the CDC, IDPH and Macon County Health Department for guidance on reopening additional park amenities. Open greenspace, parks and trails, golf courses, disc golf courses and tennis/pickleball courts continue to be accessible to the public at this time. Please note that users may find limited access to public restrooms and water fountains. Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or been in contact with anyone experiencing symptoms.

This guidance is current as of today, but is a fluid and evolving situation changing by the day as incremental reopening guidelines are released.

We continue 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.

Please visit for activity and program news related to program and facility re-open updates.