All Together for The Alligators

All Together for the Alligators!

Help Scovill Zoo develop the expansion and improvement of the alligator exhibit and holding building.

All Donations Matter! With the help of a generous donor, each dollar will be matched up to $250,000!

How to Donate

• donation box at the zoo alligator exhibit
• Online at decatur-parks.org (Click HERE!)
• Purchase a T-shirt (available in November)
• Mailing a check to the Decatur Parks Foundation
• In-person at the Decatur Park District Administration office or Scovill Zoo
• Over the phone by calling 217-422-5911

Click here to view G and Elle’s swim at Splash Cove!

Zoorific Evening at Scovill Zoo

Zoorific Evening Benefiting Scovill Zoo

September 16, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Exclusive Animal Encounters, Food from Bistro Five Thirty Seven, Beer & Wine, Live & Silent Auction with can’t miss items!
Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased HERE! 

For tickets and sponsorship information, call the Decatur Parks Foundation at 217-422-5911.

Click here for sponsorship information!

Sponsor A Bench

Through the Memorial Program, you have the opportunity to dedicate a bench or tree at a Decatur Park District park or facility. Memorial benches and trees have become an increasingly popular way to remember and pay tribute to loved ones while also making a meaningful contribution to the community. The Decatur Parks Foundation’s Memorial Program honors significant loved ones and memories in a way that all park and facility patrons can enjoy. Your tax-deductible contribution supports the Decatur Parks Foundation’s work as the 501(c)3 partner of the Decatur Park District, and its mission to enhance park and recreation projects.

Commemorative Bench

A bench is the perfect way to commemorate a birth, anniversary, special event, or the passing of a loved one in a special, unique way. Their legacy lives on because of a commemorative park bench, installed in a public place for all to see, take notice, and remember. Each donor bench will include a 2”x10” cast bronze plaque which allows you to memorialize a person, place or date. Plaques larger than this size will have an increased plaque price.

Commemorative Tree

Planting a tree as a commemorative gift is a thoughtful way to allow the memory of someone special to live on for generations. Staff will provide a list of trees acceptable for planting in our parks and will work with you in selecting the appropriate tree and park location for your donation. Certain tree species are preferred due to their adaptability to our climate and maintenance requirements.

Program Information

Once a bench or tree is donated it becomes the property of the Decatur Park District. The Parks Foundation is not responsible for the replacement of any damaged or deteriorated benches or trees and the Park District reserves the right to remove them as needed. The Park District also does not guarantee the lifespan of a bench or a tree. When the lifespan of a bench or tree has been reached and requires replacement, the donor will have the opportunity to fund a new bench or tree at the current replacement costs. If the donor chooses not to replace the bench, it will be made available for a new donor. Final tree selection/bench placement will be determined by Decatur Park District  staff. The Decatur Parks Foundation will work with you and the Decatur Park District to choose your park location and identify the perfect on-site spot for installation. Some restrictions apply.

Your support of the Foundation and its projects will enable us to improve the quality of life for all in our community. To get started, contact Aly Delatte at adelatte@decparks.com for inquiries.

Herpaquarium Renovations

The Herpaquarium is now open at Scovill Zoo!

We are excited to provide new state of the art habitats for the reptiles and amphibians that call Scovill Zoo home, with a spectacular viewing experience for the guests of the Zoo!
Special thanks to the family of Robert and Louise Bear for the generous donation that made the renovations possible.
Come visit Scovill Zoo’s newest addition, open daily.

 

 

Zoo-rific Tickets on Sale!

A Zoorific Evening is back in 2022 and we couldn’t be more excited! The Decatur Parks Foundation is hosting a Zoorific Evening on September 10th, beginning at 5 p.m. at Scovill Zoo. We invite you to take in the beautiful aviary exhibits and enjoy all of the sights and experiences Scovill Zoo can offer.  The evening will include food, drink, animal encounters, train rides, live music as well as silent and live auctions items.   We hope you can join us for Zoorific, Flight of Fancy, for an unforgettable evening at Scovill Zoo.

Tickets are $75.00 and all proceeds benefit Scovill Zoo. For more information, call the Foundation office at 422-5911. It’s all happening on September 10th at 5 p.m. — reserve your ticket today.

To purchase tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/7375212/zooriffic-eveningflight-of-fancy-decatur-the-devon-lakeshore-amphitheater

Can’t make it to the event? Simply donate by donating online at behindeveryexperience.com

Follow Decatur Parks Foundation for news and updates or contact Foundation Director, Aly Delatte with questions.

New Decatur Parks Foundation Director Named

The Decatur Park District welcomes Aly Delatte as Director of the Decatur Parks Foundation. Formerly working as Associate Attorney at Brown, Hay & Stephens, Aly holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University and a Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law. She is also the organizer of the local non-profit organization, Stone Thrown Forward.

“As a lifelong resident of the Decatur community, I appreciate and understand the impact that the Decatur Park District and its Foundation has upon the people living here. I have a passion for making Decatur an exceptional community and am excited to become the Director of the Foundation to effectively support and serve as the fundraising arm of the Park District. I look forward to connecting with supporters of the Foundation and grow awareness of its mission and impact on our community,” stated Aly.

Aly resides in Decatur with her husband, Pat, and children and serves on the Board of Directors for Macon Resources, Inc, past Board member of the Decatur Celebration and a member of the Bar Association.

She may be reached at the Decatur Park District Administrative office at 217-422-5911.

Justin Moore Performing Live at The Devon!

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The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater in Decatur, Illinois, is proud to announce Justin Moore performing live Friday, September 3, 2021. This show is presented by Grandstand Concerts.

This show is not included in the 2021 Devon season ticket package. Season ticket holders can reserve their season tickets at additional cost by contacting Mike Wilcott at mwilcott@decparks.com by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday June 30, 2021. If you are a season ticket holder and you do not reserve your tickets by this deadline, they will be forfeited for sale to the general public.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 2 at 10:00 a.m. on the Devon Amphitheater website.

Ticket pricing is:

General Admission Pit – $65 (+ taxes and fees)
Reserved Seating – $65 (+ taxes and fees)
Handicapped/ADA Seating and ADA Companion Seating- $65 (+ taxes and fees)
General Admission Terrace – $55 (+ taxes and fees)
General Admission Lawn – $40 (+ taxes and fees)
Reserved Parking $5 (+ taxes and fees)

IDPH, CDC and Macon County COVID-19 guidelines may affect show details. If the event is postponed/rescheduled related to COVID-19, tickets purchased for the original show date will be honored for the new date. Refund options may be available. ABOUT JUSTIN MOORE
Chart-topping powerhouse Justin Moore proves that, through all the fame and success, he’s still just the same country boy he’s always been on his stellar new album, ‘Late Nights and Longnecks.’ Tipping its cap to Alan Jackson and George Strait, the record is Moore’s most traditional-sounding collection to date, a no-frills portrait of small-town life and big-time dreams that’s not afraid to let its hair down and party at the end of a hard day’s work. Equal parts celebration and reflection, the album is a showcase for Moore’s evocative storytelling and unforgettable voice, complemented by an all-star band featuring GRAMMY and CMA Award-winning guitar icon Brent Mason ACM-winning pedal steel hero Paul Franklin among others.

The New York Times hailed Moore as proof that “old forms can stand even stronger with injections of new ideas,” while Billboard celebrated his “down-home personality and wry sense of humor,” and Rolling Stone praised the “upbeat mix of contemporary country and honest twang that he perfected.” Moore’s songs racked up more than a billion on-demand and programmed streams, and he performed everywhere from Kimmel to The Today Show in addition to headlining arenas and amphitheaters around the country.

Enjoy a night of Country Hits with Justin Moore in concert performing live at The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater presented by Grandstand Concerts on Friday, September 3, 2021!

To keep up with announcements, follow The Devon on Facebook and subscribe to email updates at www.devonamphitheater.com.

Splash Cove Update

Decatur Park District identification now REQUIRED for pool admission.
Download, complete and bring the ID Registration Form to speed up the process!

6/19/21 STATEMENT FROM THE DECATUR PARK DISTRICT

Splash Cove Update

Splash Cove  is committed to working through solutions to create a safe and fun environment for our employees and patrons.

The following Splash Cove policies will go into effect as of Monday, June 21, 2021. These policies are put in place for the safety of our community. Additional security will be present at the facility during operating hours moving forward.

Splash Cove updated policies:

  • All minors 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 and older to be admitted into Splash Cove.
  • All visitors age 5 and older will require a Splash Cove-issued identification card. Splash Cove identification can be obtained at Splash Cove or the Decatur Indoor Sports Center front desk beginning June 21, 2021.
  • Completed registration form and signed acknowledgement of our code of conduct required when obtaining identification. Forms can be found online at Decatur-parks.org.
  • No re-entry allowed.
  • Open swim will now close at 6:30 p.m. daily. Passholders admitted at 11:30 a.m. Non-passholders will be admitted at 12:00 p.m.
  • Capacity will be voluntarily reduced by 25%.

Current policies will also continue to be strictly enforced including:

  • No running, dunking, horseplay, rough housing or foul language will be tolerated. Any person deemed as not following this rule will be asked to leave the facility with possibility of being banned.
  • No outside food or drink allowed. There are two water stations available for filling of empty bottles.
  • Bag check required upon entry.
  • Only Coast Guard approved flotation devices are allowed.
  • Riders must be at least 48” to ride water slides and zip line. Experienced swimmers age 5 and up may utilize the diving boards and rock wall.
  • Only official swimwear may be worn in the pool and is up to manager’s discretion.
  • No smoking of any kind, including vaping, is allowed inside pool fence.
  • All purchased food and drink must stay in concession area.
  • No refunds regardless of weather, attire or length of stay.
  • Lock up your valuables. The Decatur Park District is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

About Splash Cove

Splash Cove features a lazy river, zero-depth entry leisure pool with an interactive play structure, wet deck, lily pad crossing feature, and vortex, an 8-lane lap pool with zip line, rock climbing wall, 3-meter diving board, 6 meter high dive, 4 body slides, and a zero-depth entry baby pool. A full service concession stand will also be available.

95Q FAN APPRECIATION CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT 

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The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater in Decatur, Illinois, is proud to announce the 95Q Fan Appreciation Concert Featuring Chase Rice with special guest Jerrod Niemann Thursday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. This show is produced in partnership with USA Concerts & Events and Neuhoff Media.

This show is not included in the 2021 Devon season ticket package. Season ticket holders can reserve their season tickets at additional cost by contacting Mike Wilcott at mwilcott@decparks.com by noon on June 17, 2021. If you are a season ticket holder and you do not reserve your tickets by this deadline, they will be forfeited for sale to the general public.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m. on the Devon Amphitheater website.

Ticket pricing is:

General Admission Pit – $40 (+ taxes and fees)
Reserved Seating – $40 (+ taxes and fees)
Handicapped/ADA Seating and ADA Companion Seating- $40 (+ taxes and fees)
General Admission Terrace – $32 (+ taxes and fees)
General Admission Lawn – $25 (+ taxes and fees)
Reserved Parking $5 (+ taxes and fees)

IDPH, CDC and Macon County COVID-19 guidelines may affect show details. If the event is postponed/rescheduled related to COVID-19, tickets purchased for the original show date will be honored for the new date. Refund options may be available.


ABOUT CHASE RICE

With more than 2 million albums sold and over 1.7 billion total streams, plus a legion of passionate fans at his high-energy concerts across the globe, Chase Rice has established himself as a powerful force in Nashville and beyond.

In addition to supporting Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival stadium tour, Rice has consistently sold out 2,500-3,000 seat venues on his own headlining tours and is set to join Kane Brown’s Blessed & Free Tour in early 2022.

For more information, visit www.ChaseRice.com and follow Rice on Twitter and Facebook @ChaseRiceMusic and on Instagram @ChaseRice.

ABOUT JERROD NIEMANN

After almost a decade as a major-label artist, prolific Nashville hitmaker Jerrod Niemann is known for clever wordplay and attention-grabbing lyrics. The engaging singer-songwriter topped Country charts with his PLATINUM-certified anthem “Drink to That All Night,” a multi-week #1 from the 2014 album HIGH NOON – on which he co-wrote eight of the 12 tracks.

From Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association and CMT Award nominations, to headlining and touring with some of Country’s hottest acts – Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban – Niemann continues to make his mark by creatively pushing boundaries while still offering a sincere nod to the legends before him.

No Refunds

Enjoy a night of Country Hits with Chase Rice and special guest Jerrod Niemann in concert performing live at The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater on Thursday, July 29, 2021!

To keep up with announcements, follow The Devon on Facebook and subscribe to email updates at www.devonamphitheater.com.

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The Devon G. Buffett Amphitheater is operated by the Decatur Park District and sits along the shores of Lake Decatur as part of Lakeshore Lading in Historic Nelson Park located in Decatur, Illinois. It is a destination for live, outdoor entertainment during the summer months. With a capacity of 3,200, the venue offers a wide range of entertainment including music of many genres, comedians and community movie nights.