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Decatur Park District Receives RTP Grant From The Illinois Department Of Natural Resources





   The Decatur Park District has been awarded $200,000 through a grant through the Illinois Department of Natural Resource’s Recreational Trails Program.   The Recreational Trails Program provides funds to develop and maintain recreational trails and is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

     This grant will be used to resurface 1.6 miles of former golf cart paths at Scovill Park West located at 3909 W Main Street in Decatur.   The 150-acre nature park includes approximately 4 miles of walking trails, a cyclocross course, a mountain bike trail and hosts cross country events throughout the year.  The Scovill Activity Center is also located within Scovill Park West and is home to the Decatur Park District’s senior programming, special recreation programming, several Cultural Arts programs, and includes a banquet space.

     Grants like this are critical to the Decatur Park District’s mission to enrich our community’s quality of life, health and wellness, and economic vitality.

     “The extensive Steven’s Creek bike trail network is utilized by thousands of residents each week and rehabilitating the trails out at Scovill Park West will provide even more recreational opportunities for our community”, stated Clay Gerhard, Executive Director for the Decatur Park District.  “This resurfacing project prepares us to connect the trails at Scovill Park West to the existing twelve-mile-long Steven’s Creek Bike Trail network in the coming years.”

     Construction is expected to begin in the Spring of 2024.

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