Decatur Park District COVID-19 Response

3/30/20 UPDATE: Closure of Outdoor Courts

We can’t stress often enough, the importance of observing guidelines from the CDCIllinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Macon County Health Department (Decatur, IL) during this health crisis.

Given the current situation and the guidance from public health officials on physical/social distancing, limiting in-person social interactions, avoiding spaces where people congregate in close quarters, and the concerns around transmission of the Coronavirus being spread through surfaces, all playgrounds, dog parks, golf courses, driving ranges, tennis, pickleball and basketball courts are temporarily closed in an effort to reduce community spread.

Currently, all parks, trails, and green spaces that provide adequate room for physical/social distancing are open for the public to use in responsible ways that protect public health.

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.