The Decatur Park District is a unit of local government founded in 1924, organized and incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois, which has the purpose of providing leisure services and facilities for the residents of Decatur. The Board of Park Commissioners of the Decatur Park District is considered the local legislative body to which is entrusted, by the law, the responsibility for planning, executing and appraising the park and recreation programs and facilities of the District. It is the duty of the Board to approve basic policy for the operation, as well as control and plan present and future activities of the District.
The following unpaid Board of Commissioners governs the Park District: Chris Harrison, Stacey Young, Matt Whitehead, Bob Brilley II, and Dr. Kristin White.
Decatur Park District facilities include the Administrative Office, Decatur Airport, Decatur Indoor Sports Center, Fairview Tennis Center, Hickory Point Golf Course, Scovill Activity Center, Overlook Adventure Park, Poage Arts & Recreation Center, Red Tail Run Golf Club by Raymond Floyd, Schaub Floral Display Center, Overlook Adventure Park, The Devon G. Buffett Lakeshore Amphitheater, Splash Cove Aquatic Center and Scovill Zoo.
The Decatur Park District employs approximately 100 full-time employees and 500 part-time/seasonal employees.
Park Board Meetings
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The Park Board of Commissioners welcomes and appreciates the views and input from interested citizens. Individuals or groups wishing to address the Board should sign in (name & address) prior to the meeting. Speakers will be asked to give their name and address as they begin their presentation. The Board asks that comments be delivered in a three minute time frame in order that others may receive adequate time and attention. As a matter of protocol, comments should reflect courtesy and not contain derogatory or slanderous comments about an individual or group. Breach of the above mentioned protocol may result in the Board President declaring the speaker or group out of order and discontinue the presentation. As a general rule, neither the Board nor staff will provide immediate responses.
The Decatur Park Board of Commissioners welcomes the submission of applications for the unexpired term.
The unexpired term has approximately one year remaining and ends with the election cycle of April 2023.
The board’s goal will be to find an individual who is committed to serving the Park District, involved in the community, and representative of the diverse population it serves.
Interested individuals must reside in the Decatur Park District boundaries and should submit the following information:
- Current resume that highlights experience, education/technical training and employment history
- A statement of interest that contains:
- A summary of why you are interested in joining the Decatur Park District.
- The history of your community involvement over the last five years.
- What unique attributes and experience that you bring to the Board.
Submissions must be returned to the administrative office in a sealed envelope, attention Melanie Moore, Secretary to the Board, or by email at email@example.com by 5 p.m. on June 17, 2022. For more information, please call Melanie Moore at 217-422-5911.
Freedom of Information Act
The rules and regulations contained in the Ordinance Book of the Decatur Park District are intended to ensure the use and enjoyment of all Park District facilities. It is the intention of the Decatur Park Board of Commissioners that no only will the ordinance be enforced but that all appropriate provisions of state criminal law, especially those related to the use of drugs, liquor or weapons, be enforced by the Decatur Park District Police Department. This ordinance is in no way intended to take the place of provisions of state, municipal or county law otherwise intended to ensure the safety and good conduct of any person making use of Park District facilities. If you have questions regarding a particular ordinance, please contact Chief Frank Hubbard at Fhubbard@decparks.com or 422-5911.
Budget & Appropriation Ordinance
On June 5, 2019, the Decatur Park Board of Commissioners adopted the 2019/2020 Annual Budget and Appropriation Ordinance appearing in the link below.
2019/2020 Budget & Appropriation Ordinance
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Illinois Public Act 097-0609
In accordance with Illinois Public Act 097-0609, the Decatur Park District has posted the total compensation package for each employee having a total compensation package that exceeds $75,000 per year. The posting may be viewed at the Decatur Park District Administration Office, 620 E. Riverside Ave., Decatur, IL 62521.
Below is the link to the Annual Financial Report for the Decatur Park District, prepared by May, Cocagne & King. Questions regarding this documents should be directed to CFO Kristin Sowa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 422-5911.
In 2019, the Illinois General Assembly passed Public Act 101-0504. The law requires IMRF to post certain employer cost and participation information on its website. IMRF will update these reports annually.
- Employer Contribution Amounts: The amount of employer contributions each employer made from 1/1/1995 to present (searchable spreadsheet)
- Employer Contribution Rates: Each employer’s contribution rates for the current year and one year after (searchable spreadsheet)
- Participating Employers: A list of all employers and the date each employer joined IMRF (searchable spreadsheet)
- Employer Resolutions: Required participation resolutions for employers that joined on or after 1/1/1995 (searchable PDF)
Public Act 101-0504 requires IMRF employers that have a website to include a link to this web page, no later than January 1, 2021.
The Decatur Park District does not discriminate against individuals in admission to, or treatment of, or employment in programs or activities in compliance with the Illinois Human Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended in the U.S. Constitution. The Park District receives Federal funds from the National Park Service. Regulations of the U.S. Department of the Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental Federally Assisted Programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, or handicap. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility operated by the Decatur Park District may contact the District’s Equal Opportunity Officer (217/422-5911) and the U.S. Department of the Interior at Director, Equal Opportunity Program, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, P.O. Box 37127, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127.
ADA Accessibility Survey
In Spring 2012, the Decatur Park District began a survey process conducted by Recreation Accessibility Consultants. 56 parks and facilities were reviewed, and results have been compiled in a 6-volume document that is available at the Administrative Office, 620 E. Riverside Ave. The cover letter from RAC President John McGovern and summary letter appear below. For more information, please call ADA Compliance Officer Bill Clevenger at 422-5911.
The following ADA Transition Plan Update was approved by the Park Board of Commissioners on September 5, 2018 in the regularly scheduled board meeting at 12 noon. The public is encouraged to review the document and provide feedback on the ADA Transition Plan Update by calling ADA Compliance Officer Bill Clevenger at 422-5911.
We Care About Your Safety
The Decatur Park District is concerned for the safety of visitors to our parks and facilities and strives to ensure that playground equipment, park grounds, and all facilities remain in excellent condition. Please help us in this effort. Follow safety rules posted at park sites and note age designations for appropriate use of playground equipment. If you see or hear of vandalism to park property, find broken playground equipment, or discover anything else you consider hazardous, please call the Park District at 422-5911.
While the Park District is committed to conducting recreation programs and activities in the safest manner possible, an inherent risk of injury exists with any recreational activity. The Decatur Park District continually strives to reduce such risks and insists that all participants follow rules and instructions that have been designed to protect their safety. The Decatur Park District does not carry medical accident insurance for injuries sustained on its property or in its programs as the cost of such insurance would make program fees cost-prohibitive.