The enhancement of Decatur’s lakefront (Nelson Park basin) has been identified as a community priority since 1978, when it was included in the Park District’s Master Plan. Additional plans in the years to follow included the Chamber of Commerce Sangamon River Restoration Plan (1991), the Lohan Associates Lake Development Study (1993), the Sangamon River Greenway Study (1995), the 1996 Park District Master Plan, the 1998 Decatur Metro Area Greenway Plan, and the 2004 Park District Master Plan.
Goals for the current project are to provide a unique venue for open space and entertainment, to optimize and enhance community access to the lake, to provide linkages from Nelson Park to Scovill Park, and to create lakefront activities that will promote multi-generational and multi-seasonal use.
With leadership from the Decatur Park District and City of Decatur, as well as input from the community at large, the comprehensive plan will provide year-round activity for our citizens, attract visitors, spur economic development, and improve quality of life for all in the greater Decatur area.
Project Snapshot as presented at the Unveiling Ceremony on September 19, 2012
Timeline for development as presented at the Unveiling Ceremony on September 19, 2012
Nelson Park Master Plan as presented at the Decatur Community Leaders Breakfast on February 10, 2011.