Park Features/Find a Park
The Decatur Park District owns and manages 2,000 acres of park land, with 26 neighborhood parks and 10 community parks/nature areas. Decatur’s parks provide wonderful outdoor venues for picnics, family reunions, sports activities, and community events. To reserve a pavilion, please call the administrative office at 422-5911. Further information about our different pavilions can be found on our Pavilions page. Hours for Decatur Park District’s parks are dawn – 10 p.m.
Need to find the address and amenities of a particular park? View the Decatur Park District parks and features grid.
Interactive Park Map
The Herald & Review produced a valuable resource in an online Park District interactive map. Click here to view!
Nelson Park – Lakeshore Landing
A partnership between the Park District and City of Decatur, the enhancement of Decatur’s lakefront area in the Nelson Park basin is expected to attract visitors to Decatur, spur economic development, and improve quality of life for all in our community. This project will integrate Nelson Park with the existing attractions located in Scovill Park (Scovill Zoo and Children’s Museum of Illinois). For detailed project information, visit the Lakeshore Landing website at www.lakeshorelanding.org. If you have questions or comments, please call Bill Clevenger, Decatur Park District Executive Director, at any time (217/422-5911).
Scovill Sculpture Park
The Decatur Parks Foundation, along with the Decatur Park District, Children’s Museum of Illinois, Decatur Area Arts Council, and Neuhoff Media, began conversation in October 2015 for an exciting, accessible, outdoor art development in Scovill Park. Shortly thereafter, the idea was proposed to a private philanthropist, who invested $250,000 to fund the project in its entirety.
The Scovill Sculpture Park lies between Scovill Zoo and the Children’s Museum of Illinois. Every year, the zoo hosts 100,000 visitors, and the Children’s Museum of Illinois sees 65,000. We hope that you will take advantage of the unique, thought-provoking sculptures positioned along 800’ of walkways connecting the zoo and Children’s Museum. This beautiful venue is free and open year-round. For more information, visit the Foundation page, here.
Fido Fields is a 2-acre, fenced, off-leash dog park located in Fairview Park. The park is designed to provide a recreational community space for dogs and their owners to exercise and socialize throughout the year. Fido Fields features an electronic, double-gated entrance with a separate area for small dogs and large dogs.
HOURS: Sunrise – 10 p.m., year round
The 3-acre Nelson Park dog park features large and small dog areas, as well as an electronic gate.
HOURS: Sunrise – 10 p.m., year round
Dog Park Registration
Registration for Fido Fields and Nelson Park Dog Parks must be renewed annually. To register your pet (or renew your membership), print out the registration form below and have your veterinarian complete it. Take the registration form to the DISC (1295 West Wood), along with proof of current registration, veterinarian certification of current rabies, Bordetella, distemper and parvo vaccinations, and proof of spay/neuter.
Download the Fido Fields Registration Form.
D-Town Skate Park
D-Town Skate Park in Fairview Park has features to interest the extreme sport athlete, including half pipes, banked wedges, a one-quarter pipe, ramp with double-kinked grind rail and a rectangle grind rail. This community-based project is available for use year round, 8:00 a.m. to dusk. The facility is not supervised, and individuals use it at their own risk.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Skateboards & Inline Skates Only
Tuesday & Thursday – Bicycles Only (No Pegs & No Mountain Bikes)