Mission: By encouraging the financial support of businesses and individuals, the Decatur Parks Foundation supports the Decatur Park District’s facilities, park & recreation programs, which spur economic development, nurture our citizens’ health and well-being, and enhance our community’s quality of life.
Vision: As an enthusiastic advocate for parks, recreation and green spaces, the Decatur Parks Foundation will create innovative partnerships, encourage volunteerism, and secure financial support to enhance recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities in our community.
Thank you for your ongoing interest and support! ~ Dr. William Van Alstine, President
The following projects were made possible, thanks to generous contributions to the Decatur Parks Foundation:
Dr. William Van Alstine, President
Jim Schwarz, Vice-President
Mindy Chadwick, Secretary
Rod Schanefelt, Treasurer
Chris Riley, Park Board Liaison
Jack Kenny, Park Board Liaison
Dr. Stephen Huss
Read the Winter 2015 Foundation newsletter here!
Zoo-rific Evening at Scovill Zoo
Saturday, August 22
Evening begins at 5 p.m. ~ $75 per person
Mark your calendars for a Zoo-rific Evening at Scovill Zoo, featuring animal encounters, fabulous music, specialty drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and a chance to bid on spectacular prizes! Stroll the grounds and get a behind-the-scenes look at the zoo’s exciting inhabitants. Enjoy amazing acts by ISU’s Gamma Phi Circus! This is an evening not to miss! For information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call the Foundation office at 422-5911. All proceeds will benefit upcoming renovations to “Splash Cove” at the center of Scovill Zoo.
Park Reforestation Project
On September 9, the Park District partnered with WSOY and Team Soy for a Park Reforestation Radiothon in recognition of the Park District’s 90th anniversary. Gifts from individual and corporate donors far exceeded our goal of 90 donors pledging $90 for 90 trees! Over $22,000 was raised for trees in Fairview and Nelson parks. “On behalf of the Decatur Parks Foundation, I thank all who helped us celebrate the Park District’s 90th Anniversary,” said Jim Schwarz, Foundation Vice-President and tree reforestation project coordinator. “Special thanks to Brian Byers, Neuhoff Media, and Team Soy for their efforts in the great success we achieved. We also appreciate the generosity of Elwin Tree Farm and look forward to working with them on this project. Planting trees in our parks is a contribution to future generations who will enjoy our parks as much as we have over our lifetime.” View the Herald & Review thank you ad here. Thank you again to all who contributed to this important initiative!
Jerry Menz Arts Scholarship
The Jerry Menz Arts Scholarship provides opportunities for talented youth to succeed at the highest possible levels in the arts by offering scholarships for the Park District’s programs in music, theatre, and dance. Awards are based upon staff recommendations, prior participation in Park District programs, and a demonstrated talent and passion for the performing arts. Gifts of any size are most appreciated and will keep the arts alive in the greater Decatur area.
To make a contribution, please call the Foundation office at 422-5911. For details information, visit the Arts Scholarship page.
All children grown, learn and benefit from the arts, recreation and play! The Decatur Park District recognizes that financial assistance may be required for some individuals to participate in Park District programs. To provide equal access regardless of ability to pay, a Youth Scholarship program has been established for qualified residents. Eligibility is based upon family size and income level. Awards are made without regard to race, religion, age, disability or national origin. Please call Barb Kessinger at 422-5911 if you have questions.
Honor a loved one or commemorate a special event by having a tree planted through the Park Foundation’s Living Tribute Program. With your $1000 donation, the Park District will plant and care for your tree. In addition, you will be presented a Living Tribute Certificate and a map highlighting the location of your tree. The trees are also linked via an online map here.
The Living Tribute program offers a natural gift that will beautify Decatur’s parks for years to come.
Download a request for Living Tribute trees HERE or call Jill Applebee at 422-5911.