Children of Eden with performances scheduled for March 20 – 22, 2020 are cancelled in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Out of concern for the health and well-being of all artists, staff, and crew members involved the performances of Children of Eden have been canceled.


The Decatur Park District is committed to providing the utmost flexibility for our patrons in light of these cancellations.

The Decatur Park District is a non-profit institution and relies on both ticket sales and contributed revenue for all operational needs related to our artistic and educational mission. While canceling performances is necessary for the health of our patrons, staff, artists, and volunteers, it creates a significant loss for the institution, making donations more important than ever.

If you are able, we ask that you consider donating the cost of your tickets back to the institution. In return, you will receive a tax deduction, and will sustain our work during this challenging time—and help us prepare for when our doors re-open to our audiences, artists, and community. Ticket holders for Children of Eden performances have the following options:

  • Donate your tickets, and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value
  • Receive a full refund for the value of the ticket

For all of you that purchased tickets, please contact Jill Applebee at 217-519-3137 or email at japplebee@decparks.com.  She will work through your options.  We urge you to please consider donating the price of your ticket(s) rather than asking for a refund.  This can be used for a tax deduction!  This will allow the Decatur Park District to continue to offer affordable art programs for our community.

However, you can request a refund.  If the ticket was purchased using a credit/debit card, the amount will be refunded back to your card.  If the ticket was paid using cash/check, then you will work with Administrative Staff to be a refunded with a check.

If we do not hear from you by April 17, 2020, we will automatically assume that you need a refund.  PLEASE CONTACT US WHICHEVER WAY YOU CHOOSE, and spread the word to your friends and family who also purchased tickets!

The Decatur Park District ARC may be closed, but its arts and education programs are still alive!  Your gift today will provide vital support for the arts during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

For the latest up-to-date information, visit coronavirus.gov. For information provided by the CDC, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus. To learn what the government is doing, visit usa.gov/coronavirus.


Registration for the Park District’s dance and drama classes will take place July 23 from 2 – 7 p.m. Registration for tap, ballet, hip hop/jazz hop, lyrical, and drama classes will be held at the Park District’s Poage Arts & Recreation Center (2020 N. Oakland Ave.). Online registration begins August 26 and dance classes begin September 9.  For more information, contact Marie Jagger-Taylor, Cultural Arts Manager, at 421-6648 EXT. 1.

Dance & Drama Registration/Open House

Date:   Tuesday, July 23

Time:   2 – 7 p.m.

Location: Poage Arts & Recreation Center, 2020 N. Oakland Ave.

Decatur Park District Spring Dance Recital

The Decatur Park District Dance Studio celebrates 12 years of dance instruction with their students performing Rock On! May 10 & 11. Show times are 7 p.m. on May 10 and 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. on May 11 at the Decatur Civic Center Theater. Performances will feature dance students aged 3 – adult and a special performance by the high school senior dancers. The performance features fun tunes from such artists as the Beatles, Bradley Cooper, Journey, Queen and more! Tickets are $8 in advance before May 9 at the Decatur Park District Administrative Office (620 E. Riverside Ave.), by calling 422-5911 or purchase tickets online at www.decatur-parks.org. Tickets are $10 at the door for reserved seating.


Decatur Park District Spring Dance Recital

Dates/Show Times:     Friday, May 10           7 p.m.

Saturday, May 11       11 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Tickets:                        $8 in advance and $10 at the door for reserved seating

Location:                     Decatur Civic Center Theater