The Decatur Park District’s parks and facilities serve as long-standing community treasures. From the tranquility of Fairview Park to the sights and sounds of Scovill Zoo, the Park District enhances our community’s quality of life.

You can carry on the tradition of beauty and nature through a gift to the Decatur Parks Foundation. With several giving options, you can honor a friend or family member, celebrate a special occasion, or remember a loved one. Your gift will be appreciated for years to come. Call the Decatur Parks Foundation office at 422-5911.

Planned Giving

Make the gift of a lifetime by including the Decatur Parks Foundation and Scovill Zoo in your will. Call the Decatur Parks Foundation office at 422-5911.

Scovill Zoo Nature Pavers

The new Nature Paver Plaza at Scovill Zoo is complete and ready for your special inscribed paver! Designed as a tribute to the zoo’s 50th Anniversary in 2017, the plaza at the zoo’s front entrance also welcomes visitors to Project Playground and Scovill Sculpture Park. This highly visible location will allow you to recognize your loved ones and show your support for Scovill Zoo.

A commemorative paver can be purchased in honor or memory of a loved one, to commemorate a special occasion, or simply proclaim your family’s love for the zoo. Please refer questions to Aly Delatte at the Decatur Parks Foundation: 217-422-5911 or

Click here to learn more and to order your nature paver online!

Thank you for considering a gift to Scovill Zoo! Some of the items below you may already have in your home…and they’ll make life more comfortable for the zoo animals you love! Questions? Please call Director Heather Purdeu at 217-421-7435.

Generic Needs 
Heavy duty hose reels
Spider monkeys: 2-inch manila rope
Zebra: scratching post
Keepers: leaf rakes, metal grain shovels
Education classes: new microscope with video output
Kayak (300 lbs) to help check lake side of zoo boundary
New (or gently used) towels
New (or gently used) pillow cases, extra-large cases are also appreciated

Animal Enrichment Food Enrichment Items
All food items should be unopened and not expired. Baby food, all-natural/organic Kellogg’s corn flakes or “non-sugary” Kellogg’s cereals, dried fruit, dried spices, fruit paste, all-natural/organic honey, sugar-free JELL-O, uncooked pasta, all-natural peanut butter, fruit & grain granola bars, grape jelly, pecans, walnuts, Brazil nuts.

Portable generators

Farm & Fleet gift cards, PetSmart gift cards, Kroger or Walmart gift cards, Amazon gift cards

Garden tools, high-quality rakes (leaf and garden), spades, grain shovels