DECATUR, Ill. –To help local seniors live independently and vibrantly, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, recently helped to bring new funding to the Decatur Park District (DPD) to redevelop the Scovill Golf Clubhouse as a senior center.
“Our seniors have done so much for us and our community. We must continue to look out for them and their needs,” said Scherer. “I am excited to see the joy and relief that this new project will bring to the older adults in our area.”
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recently awarded $2.8 million to DPD and other park districts around the state to make quality of life improvements and build new structures in park facilities across the state. The renovated clubhouse will serve as Decatur’s premier senior center. Currently, senior services such as exercise and art classes, free meals and social opportunities are found at multiple locations in the city which makes it difficult for some seniors to reliably access services. Renovations will begin next year.
“Scovill Park is one of Decatur’s finest public spaces, and I’m grateful to IDNR for helping us make sure that it gets put to good use to uplift the families and seniors who live here,” said Scherer. “Our seniors deserve to have great amenities at little-to-no cost close to home, and I will keep fighting to make sure they have just that.”