The Decatur Park District is the focal point for parks, recreation, and aviation activity in the greater Decatur area. The District operates an indoor sports center, regional airport, three golf courses, softball, soccer and tennis complexes, sixty athletic fields, a community aquatics center, AZA-accredited zoo, and banquet, food & beverage business.
Executive Director Bill Clevenger has served in the Parks & Recreation field for over 35 years. He is a member of the American Academy for Parks & Recreation Administration and the National Recreation & Parks Association (NRPA) Revenue School Board of Regents. He was formerly a member of the NRPA Council on the Accreditation of Parks & Recreation Curricula, as well as Advisory Boards for the University of Illinois and Eastern Illinois University Departments of Recreation, Sport & Tourism.
In 2011, Bill was honored with the Illinois Parks & Recreation Association (IPRA) Robert Artz Award for Distinguished Service. This prestigious award is based upon contributions that provide lasting value and create an awareness of the importance of parks & recreation in the community in which the individual serves.
Bill holds a bachelor’s degree from Marshall University (WV), a master’s from Indiana University, and an ED.S. from the University of Virginia. He currently manages 4,000 acres of land, oversees a budget of $22 million, and is responsible for a staff of 550 full-time and seasonal employees.