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April 2012 ZOO UPDATE KITE DAY ACTIVITY GUIDE THANKS FIT TIP Mark Your Calendars! April 6 Scovill Zoo’s Opening Day 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. April 7 Critter Egg Hunt 2 p.m. Scovill Zoo April 14 Kite Day 1 - 3 p.m. Sinawik Park April 21 Paul’s Puttin’ Place & Dunn’s Opening Day 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. April 27 & 28 Spring Dance Recital Civic Center Theater

Customer Service Tip Summarizing or paraphrasing a customer’s issue or complaint helps in ensuring that the employees are on the same page as the customer. It also provides confidence to the customer that his problem is understood correctly and it helps avoid any discrepancies in the solution.

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Zoo Construction and Opening Update by Ken Frye, Scovill Zoo

Exciting changes have been taking place at Scovill Zoo over the winter, thanks to funding from the Illinois Public Museum Grants Program. The old concession stand is gone, and in its place is a beautiful new concession building, ADA-accessible restrooms, and entry archway. More centrally located, the new restroom building features men’s and women’s facilities, as well as two family restrooms. Need to refill your water bottle as you trek around the zoo? A new hydration station is located under the entrance archway. For your convenience, four serving windows have been added to the new concession stand, so you’ll receive friendly, more efficient service as you snack or dine. You’ll notice other zoo improvements, too. The gift shop now has automatic door openers, a must for those in wheelchairs and families with strollers. The zoo is also happy to welcome several new animals this spring. Our meerkat “mob” will be joined by four new members. It is tricky business introducing a group of meerkats to another. The animals are very

territorial, even if one of the mob has been away for just a few hours. Our keepers have successfully integrated meerkat mobs before, so this spring should be no exception. Also new: three capybaras! Capybaras are natives of South America and are known as the world’s largest rodents. Molly and Happy, our current capybaras, are getting older. If all goes well, we will welcome new capy babies next year. Finally, we are working towards a new exhibit in the Herpequarium. Have you ever seen a naked mole rat? Picture a hairless, pink, wrinkly mouse with buck teeth! These endearing animals are actually rodents. In the wild, they live in Africa and stay underground to feast on roots and tubers as they tunnel. Some colonies have built tunnels that span nearly 2 miles! Another interesting fact about the mole rat: they have hair in their mouths! Why, you ask? One thought is that because they use their teeth to dig, the hair helps keep their mouths clean.

Join us for the 2012 spring dance recital, A Time to Celebrate! The recital features the Decatur Park District’s dance students aged 3 through adult. Date Time Friday, April 27 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for reserved seating at the Decatur Civic Center Theater. Visit the Park administrative office or call 422-5911 to purchase your tickets today!

Park Notes  April 2012 Here’s to You...

Kite Day

Fit Tip with Samantha: Fitness Guide The best way to tackle a new challenge, whether it’s eating right or exercising, is to begin with a plan. This helps you set goals and allows you keep track of your progress. Follow the fitness guide below and you will be ready for the pool come summertime!

your five fruits and vegetable servings for the day. Thursday - Race Day Get to the finish line of the week with a long cardio day. Friday - TGIF Make your weekend count with a total body workout.

Weekly Fitness Guide Monday - Planning Day Start your week off right with a solid workout to shake off the Monday blues. Tuesday - De-Stress Do a relaxing yoga class or take a nice walk outdoors with a friend or coworker. Wednesday - Health Day Make sure to get in another great workout and truly focus on getting in

Saturday - Pay Day Have an outdoors family game day or go for a family hike. Sunday - Lazy Day Use this day to either relax and prepare for the following week or have a long workout that you wouldn’t otherwise get during your busy week.

Customer Service Nominees The customer service nominees for February were Bill Otta, Emily Fitzgerald, Lisa Gillen, and Orson Bean.

Dozens of kites will paint the sky for this annual spring tradition, sponsored by the Illinois Association of Park Districts and celebrated by park districts statewide. Bring your favorite kite and join the fun April 14 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Sinawik Park!


Employee anniversaries during the month of April include: Johnny Bledsaw, Airport (20 years) Stephen Douty, HP Golf (1 year) Dana Floyd, Recreation (8 years) Steve Fox, DISC (1 year) Becky Newton, Recreation (3 years) Paul Nixon, Airport (1 year) Jim Phillips, Construction (16 years) Del Taylor, Rangers (8 years) Misty Tompkins, Zoo (2 years) Sarah Vogel, Horticulture (4 years) Mindy Weaver, Zoo (13 years) and Kent Winchester, Zoo (17 years) Congratulations!

Birthdays 04/01 04/04 04/06 04/08 04/13 04/15 04/24

Sheila Crosby, Zoo Rick Stiner, Airport Fire Kevin Brewer, Food /Bev. Tim Allen, Fleet Jamie Davis, DISC Marsha Kohler, Scovill Banq. Matt Christman, DISC

The “Pride of the Park Winner” for the month of February is Orson Bean. Orson is an airport employee that was nominated for coming over to the administrative office building on a Wednesday morning to help make sure the board room was clean and straightened up for that day’s board meeting. It was very helpful to the administrative staff that he took the time to come by. Orson is known for going to Park District facilities and helping out fellow employees when he can. Orson will receive a $25 gift certificate for his customer service efforts. Spring Hours Thank you Orson for your hard work and dedication! Scovill Zoo 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Monday - Friday) 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday)

Thank You!

Special thanks to Colin Bonner, Mandy Childress, Bev Rhoades, Ken Frye, Ashley Hamilton, Dana Floyd, and Sparkle Hill for their help in preparing 42,484 activity guides for mailing!

Paul’s Puttin’ Place & Dunn’s Dugout 4 - 10 p.m. (Friday) 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Saturday) Noon - 9 p.m. (Sunday) Red Tail Run, Hickory Point & Scovill

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April 2012 Employee Newsletter  

Decatur Park District's April 2012 Employee Newsletter

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