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Monday, October 23, 2017

What Makes Decatur Great

What Makes Decatur Great?

So, SO much!!

Take a look at this, and be sure to share with your family & friends......

Major improvements/activities since 2000:

Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC)
Progress City USA
Farm Progress Show: 7 and counting (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
Redtail Run Golf Course
Massive renovations to MacArthur High School & Eisenhower High School
Macon County Animal Shelter: new facility
Central Park renovations
Scovill Sculpture Park
Dog Parks (Fairview Park, Nelson Park)
Expansion of West-side fitness trails
Overlook Adventure Miniature Golf
Midwest Inland Port (intermodal ramp)
Scovill Zoo:  penguin exhibit
Decatur Memorial Hospital & St. Mary’s Hospital:  continuing growth/expansion
Caterpillar Sculpture (22nd & Pershing)
Law Enforcement Training Facility
New Decatur Police Department HQ
Mid-State Soccer: phenomenal growth in program
Downtown Decatur beautification/revitalization
Lake Decatur dredging project
Millikin University: football field renovations
Millikin University: new softball field
Millikin University: University Commons project
Richland Community College:  continuing growth & expansion (buildings & programs)
Lakefront improvements (Nelson Park): Beach House, docks
Scovill Oriental Garden renovation

Crossings Healthcare building (formerly CHIC)
Avon Theater:  100 Years!
Trees for Tomorrow Campaign (thanks CN Railroad!)
Dexter Fowler Field (at Hess Park)
Lights return to Staley Tower
Ropes Course  (Nelson Park)
High-speed Fiber-Optic Broadband Network
Massive focus on improvements to sidewalks, streets, sewers
Fire Station renovations
Murals project
Street Art project
9-11 Memorial

In Planning / Under Development:
(as of October 2017)

New “Welcome to Decatur” signs
Inner-city Neighborhood Revitalization
Childrens Museum of Illinois expansion
Lakefront Amphitheater (Nelson Park)
Scovill Zoo:  expanded Zoo Train layout and new locomotive
Waterpark (Nelson Park)
911 Center

"America in Bloom" campaign
Millikin University: Center for Theater & Dance
East-side Beltway (??)
Brush College Overpass (??)

And so many "Social Successes";  a few.......

Judy Mason Thanksgiving Baskets
Arts in Central Park
Come Together Let’s Walk
Decatur Celebration: Illinois’ largest family street festival;  31 years and counting
WSOY Community Food Drive (12 hours:  1.4M# in 2016, 1.5M# in 2017)

Mercy Gardens (Good Samaritan Inn)


None of this possible without the Collaboration of many:

City of Decatur

Grow Decatur
Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce
Beautify Decatur Coalition
Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Decatur Park District
Decatur Area Arts Council
Economic Development Corporation of Decatur & Macon County
"Limitless" Campaign
Social organizations
Howard Buffett Foundation
Media:  Radio, TV, 2 newspapers
2 Hospitals
Neighborhood groups
Countless individuals
Countless businesses

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