Decatur Park District COVID-19 Response

5/29/20 UPDATE: SUMMER DAY CAMP AT THE DISC RE-OPENING

Summer Day Camp at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC) is open for campers designed for kids aged 5 – 14 beginning Monday, June 1. To register your camper(s), please email danitad@decparks.com or call 217-917-3800 to reserve your spot.

The facility will open within the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Phase 3 guidelines set for day camps. Camp groups will be limited to 10 campers per group and all groups will be spaced apart with proper distance between groups with campers reporting to the same group each day. Participants within the same household will be placed in the same group. Children will have temperature checks upon admission and will be asked to bring a mask. Parents are asked to wear a mask when picking up or dropping off children to camp. Campers are required to bring their own water bottle and lunch and are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer.

To support the health and safety of our staff and patrons additional precautions include: staff wearing face coverings and using sneeze guards at admission, enforcing social distancing guidelines in the DISC lobby at pick up and drop off of campers, displaying “6 feet apart” signage, following CDC cleaning and disinfecting protocols of all shared equipment and common areas, encouraging campers to avoid touching facility accessories.

Visit www.decatur-parks.org for pricing and more details.

 

5/27/20 UPDATE:Decatur Park District Offers Outdoor Dining Assistance to Small Businesses

The Park District, in cooperation with the City of Decatur, will be offering use of picnic tables for local Decatur restaurants as they seek to reopen in compliance with the State of Illinois and City COVID-19 guidance. It is our intent to provide assistance as these small businesses seek to come out of this most difficult time.

Tables will be available by calling 422-5911 or emailing mchildress@decparks.com Monday – Friday 8 A.M. – 5 P.M. Pick-up site will be determined at the time of request. Delivery and pick-up will be available for a nominal charge. Individuals will be required to sign a waiver and provide a $100 per table (FULLY REFUNDABLE) damage deposit.

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 and facility re-open updates.

5/19/20 UPDATE: Midstate Soccer Club Adjustments

Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the Governor’s “5-Phase Restore Illinois Plan”, The Decatur Park District’s Midstate Soccer Club is officially concluding the spring season on May 28 and holding free virtual tryouts for fall season.

Refunds for a portion of the spring session will be processed in the following weeks. Any Midstate trainings or events scheduled for June/July will be limited to less than 10 people per session. Social distancing will be practiced along with increased sanitation of equipment.

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. The District will continue to monitor any changes to the Restore Illinois Plan that may affect these decisions.

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 and facility re-open updates.

5/19/20 UPDATE: Decatur Youth Baseball/Softball 2020 Season Cancelled

Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the Governor’s “5-Phase Restore Illinois Plan”, The Decatur Park District is cancelling Decatur Youth Baseball and Softball League 2020 season.

Registration refunds will be processed in the following weeks. If a participant’s address has changed since registration, email Cortney at cbenton@decparks.com.

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. The District will continue to monitor any changes to the Restore Illinois Plan that may affect these decisions.

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 and facility re-open updates.

5/15/20 UPDATE: July 4 Activities and Fireworks Cancelled, Splash Cove Will Not Open

The Decatur Park 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, tennis/pickleball courts and dog parks continue to be accessible to the public at this time. Please note that users will find limited access to public restrooms and water fountains. Remember, do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or been in contact with anyone experiencing symptoms.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the Governor’s “5-Phase Restore Illinois Plan”, The Decatur Park District is cancelling its July 4th activities including the community fireworks display. In addition, Splash Cove Water Park will not open for operation this summer.

“Following guidance provided in the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, we are looking at late summer before any large groups or public facilities will be able to safely open. With our community’s health and safety as our primary concern, we made the difficult decision to forgo opening Splash Cove this summer,” stated Bill Clevenger, Executive Director of the Decatur Park District.

This guidance is current as of today, but is a fluid and evolving situation changing by the day as incremental reopening guidelines are released. In accordance with safe practice, the District continues to explore programs and services that can be implemented for summer 2020. The District will continue to monitor any changes to the Restore Illinois Plan, CDC & IDPH guidelines that may affect these decisions.

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 and facility re-open updates.

5/12/20 UPDATE: Statement from The Devon

To our valued guests:

At the Decatur Park District and Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater, the safety, health and wellbeing of our guests and employees are our top priority.

With the current restrictions placed on large events/crowds, we’ve been working to reschedule our original May and June shows for later dates this operating season at The Devon. We hope as things continue to evolve, some of these restrictions will be lifted or modified and we can safely host the events on our calendar.

The speed that our region moves through the phases of Governor Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan will determine when it will be deemed safe to welcome you to The Devon. We continue to monitor developments relating to re-opening and will follow guidance from the CDC, IDPH and our Macon County Health Department. Decisions to cancel or postpone additional shows/events will be based on the information available as show dates approach.

If a show is cancelled, credit will be issued to the original account used to purchase tickets. If you have any questions, please email us at amp@decparks.com.

Thank you for your continued patience and support! We hope to be able to welcome you to The Devon again as soon as safely possible.

Sincerely,

The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater Team

5/7/20 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 https://www.decatur-parks.org/dog-park/. 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 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 and facility re-open updates.

5/5/20 UPDATE: Disc golf course, Tennis & Pickle Ball Courts to Re-Open May 6

The Decatur Park District will reopen the disc golf course in Nelson Park and all outdoor tennis and pickleball courts with restricted play rules as of Wednesday, May 6.

Players are encouraged to practice social distancing minimums of at least 6 feet and follow the specific rules and guidelines for play recommended by the United States Tennis Association, Disc Golf and Pickleball organizations listed on www.decatur-parks.org. We urge players to be respectful of others and make responsible choices while utilizing park courses and courts.

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 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.

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 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 and facility re-open updates.

4/26/20 UPDATE: Restricted Golf Rules

For a full list of golf with restriction rules from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) click here.

With the precautions and operational restrictions outlined below, golf shall be permitted as a recreational activity, effective 6:00AM, May 1st, 2020. In addition to the general social distancing standards set forth in the Stay at Home Order, golf courses and golfers need to abide by the following controls.

Player Restrictions:
• Any players with any symptoms of COVID-19, should not play
• In addition, any players from a household with someone with symptoms of COVID-19 shouldnot play
• Golfers must walk and carry own clubs; no caddies.
• Bring your own supply of balls, tees, ball markers, and any other equipment needed to play golf.
• Insist on social distancing on tees, greens, and throughout the round
• Players shall maintain adequate physical distancing between other twosomes.
• Golfers should pick up their own ball
• Handle your own scorecard
• Bring your own water/sports drink, towel, and snack
• Do not use the public drinking fountain or ball cleaner
• Leave the flag in place while putting
• Sort out the sand in the bunker with a club
• Put on your golf shoes at your vehicle
• Bring hand sanitizer with you and use during your round and at the end
• No handshakes at the beginning of the round or at the 18th hole

 

4/24/20 UPDATE: Golf to Re-Open May 1

According to the Governor’s press release, beginning May 1 golf will be permitted under strict safety guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and when ensuring that social distancing is followed.

As soon as these details are released, we will be preparing to follow them to allow safe play at our courses.

Tee times will be available for reservation beginning Monday, April 27th at 8:00 AM by calling either pro shop, (Hickory: 217-421-7444 or Red Tail: 217-422-2211)

The first tee time available to reserve will be on Friday, May 1 at 7:00 AM.

Read the Governor’s full press release here: https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx…

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.