Decatur Park District approves phase one of Nelson Park developments


The Decatur Park District has taken another step forward on the Nelson Park development.  The board has approved phase one of the project. 

"We think that it's part of Decatur's future," said Bill Clevenger Executive Director of the Decatur Park District.

As part of the Lakeshore Landing project, Decatur is ready to begin constructing a new put-put course, a parking lot and a clubhouse.  Clevenger said the renovations will revitalize the area.

"Projects such as this make our communities livable," he said. 

And something the community can look forward, too.

"I would like the put-put course just because I have a 3-year-old girl who would eat that up," said Decatur resident Alan Peel.

Construction on the new course is expected to start mid-June.  When it's ready, Paul's Puttin Place will be Closed.

"I haven't used this one a whole lot, a few times, but if they got a new one I would definitely be visiting that one," said Decatur resident Angela Miller.

And the hope is other people will want to visit, too.

"It's also designed to bring people to us and become a Central Illinois destination," Clevenger said.

And after a round of golf, how about some yogurt?  Decatur's will be adding its second Cherry Berry location.

"We think we're really going to have a winning combination," he said.

Phase one is expected to be complete late August.  Also included in the development projections, possibly putting a children's garden where the existing mini-golf course is, new batting cages, a water park and an amphitheater.

It's all part of a 15 to 20 year plan at a total price tag of $70 million.

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