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Published by Monticello, 2018-02-07 09:38:41

2018 MPRD Guide -

2018 MPRD Guide -

Monticello Parks & Recreation

2018 Community Program Guide

About MPRD Registration Information

City of Monticello Unless specifically stated, all participants of a City of
Parks & Recreation Department Monticello Parks & Recreation Department program
must complete and submit a registration form. Registra-
Monticello Municipal Building tion forms for programs currently accepting enrollment
210 N Hamilton can be found at the City of Monticello Municipal Building.
Monticello, IL 61856 Forms can also be submitted online or downloaded off the City of Monticello’s website and submitted in person,
(217) 762-2583 - Office or mailed in during enrollment times. Payments made in
(217) 762-2415 - Monticello Family Aquatic Center person must be cash or checks made payable to the City
(217) 762-7772 - Recreation Hotline of Monticello.

Carlos McClellan, Director Registration and placement into MPRD programs after the issued deadline is not guaranteed and a late regis-
tration fee may be applied. Programs that are stated as
Mindy Condis, Assistant Director age-specific must be abided by, as exceptions are rarely given. Unless notified otherwise by individuals or guardi-
ans, participants of any program may be videoed or pho-
Follow the City of Monticello on tographed for marketing purposes.
Facebook and Twitter for City and
MPRD updates!


About MPRD Pg. 2

Monticello Recreation Foundation Pg. 3

Facility Map & Description Pg. 4 & 5

MPRD News Pg. 6

Upcoming Programs Pg. 7

Youth Activities Pg. 8 & 9

Adult & Seniors Pg. 10 & 11 Join the MPRD Team!
Monticello Family Aquatic Center Pg. 12 & 13
Events Pg. 14 Seasonal employment is offered to Individuals 15 years
Community Calendar Pg. 15 and up. Positions include grounds maintenance, score
keeping, umpiring, concession sales, lifeguarding, swim
Never miss a registration deadline lessons instructors, driving range attendants and more,
again! Sign up for text and email with opportunities that typically run from mid-April
reminders under “Notify Me” on through October.
the City of Monticello Website!
Applications for seasonal help are accepted through
February. Applications can be downloaded off of the
City of Monticello’s website, or picked up at the Monticel-
lo Municipal Building. Completed applications should be
turned into the MPRD office by the end of February.
Applicants will be notified of their hiring status in March.

Page 2 -The Monticello Parks & Recreation Department provides 60 seasonal jobs to area young adults and individuals-

Monticello Recreation Foundation

The Monticello Rec- Ride beautiful central Illinois RIDE FOR RECREATION
reation Foundation as you explore Allerton park,
was formed in 2012 the Sangamon river valley,
by the Monticello and scenic stretches of rolling
City Council to pro-
vide a private stream of fundraising efforts for the pur- hills on country roads.
pose of improving and sustaining Monticello Parks and
Recreation programs.

The mission of the Monticello Parks and Recreation
Foundation is to assist in securing financial and philan-
thropic support for the Monticello Parks and Recreation
Department, and promote awareness of the benefits of
recreation to the community.

The foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit
organization. Donations are always welcome, and are
tax-exempt. Donations may be mailed to the Monticel-
lo Municipal Building, to the attention of the Monticello
Recreation Foundation, or potential donors may dis-
cuss funding goals and needs with a board member.
Individuals interested in serving on the Recreation
Foundation Board should contact the MPRD Office.

The current serving board members are:

RJ Cook (President)
Tana Espenschied (Vice President)
Doug Lilly (Secretary)
Phillip Blankenburg

Emma Espenschied

The Monticello Recreation Foundation has been instru-
mental in providing funding for the Robert Milligan Me-
morial Dog Park, an Automated External Defibrillator
(AED) machine for the Monticello Family Aquatic Cen-
ter, upgrading the speaker system for the outdoor
events, sponsorship of several Monticello outdoor
movie events, and components of the Nick’s Park re-
development project.

The Foundation’s annual “Ride for Recreation” Bicycle
Ride event and is a fundraiser for future recreation en-
deavors. The event organizes 10, 20, 36 and 60-mile
rides through some of the most scenic areas you will
find in central Illinois, complete with SAG support and a
lunch. The 2018 event will be held Saturday, Septem-
ber 29th, with registration opening soon. Visit for more information on this
year’s event.

-In 2017, 1,506 individuals held season passes to the Monticello Family Aquatic Center- Page 3

Directory of Facilities




Bridge Street 9

7 77

1 3 10 2 Washington Street


11 8 Road

Market Street


Page 4 -The Monticello Parks and Recreation Department oversees the maintenance and use of 9 parks and facilities owned by the City, and 2 shared use facilities-

Directory of Community Facilities

1 Robert C. Burke Memorial Park 9 East Prairie Bicycle & Walking Path

601 W. Railroad Street Cemetery Road to E. Grant Street

6 acre park surrounding the Monticello Family Aquatic 1-mile asphalted trail, ideal for walking, running and biking.
Center, with flower gardens & memorial trees. Gazebo in memory of Nick Reeves’ located at north end.

2 Nick’s Community Playground 10 Livingston Center

209 N. Hamilton Street 224 E. Livingston
Classroom space for MPRD programs and city events. Also
Community park and NEW multi-skill playground surrounded by location for Senior Center Peace Meals, Main Street office &
Arts Council. Available for rent by non-profit organizations.
walking path. Seasonal restrooms, pavilion & picnic area.

3 Monticello Family Aquatic Center 11 Landscape Waste Facility

601 W. Railroad Street, 217.762.2415 904 Allerton Road, 217.762.7675
Main pool, zero-depth feature pool, full concession stand, Free landscape waste disposal site offered to residents.
game room, water slide and diving well with two boards. Accepted items are brush, limbs, grass clippings and leaves.
Party room available for private rental.
12 Forest Preserve Park Ball Diamonds
4 Rotary Centennial Park
904 Allerton Road
101 E. Main Street, Downtown Monticello Two lighted playing fields and full concession stand utilized by
Performance stage, seating, gardens, water fountain, accessible MPRD Little League and Softball practices and games. Park
paths and ‘Looking for Lincoln’ Wayside Storyboard exhibits. is owned by Piatt County Forest Preserve District

5 Robert Milligan Memorial Dog Park 13 Bruce Hannon Levee Trail

1202 Raymond Road, Bear Commercial Park 904 Allerton Road
Separate running areas for larger & small dogs, benches, Primitive walking trail following an old levee with views of the
shade structures, agility equipment and water fountains. Sangamon River. Trail is owned by the Land Conservation
Foundation. Follow the trail-cam on Facebook!

6 Monticello Driving Range 14 Monticello Disc Golf Course

904 Allerton Road, 217.762.7675 2015 E. Washington Street
Ten DGA Mach 3 baskets located at the Monticello Middle
Three hitting surfaces with accurate yardage targets. Users School. Course is owned by the Monticello School District,
and is closed during school hours on school days.
can purchase a large for $6 or small bucket of balls for $4.

Opens for the season April 9th, 4pm until dusk daily.

7 Sangamon Bike Trail & Walking Path Playground Accessible
Picnic Tables/ Driving Range
Railroad Street / County Farm Road / Green Apple Lane Seating Benches Flower Gardens
Partial concrete and crushed gravel 1.2 mile trail surface Swimming Pool Tennis/ Pickleball Courts
through scenic wooded and river area with observation benches. Running/ Basketball Court
Walking Trails Volleyball Court
8 T-Ball & Peanut League Playing Fields Gazebo/ Pavilion

904 Allerton Road Bicycle Paths
Grass playing fields and backstop for MPRD T-Ball and Peanut
League practices and games. Restrooms

-Burke Park was named after Robert Burke, a native of Monticello who was killed in action during the Vietnam War - Page 5


Agility Equipment Added to Dog Park Storyboards Coming to Sangamon Trail

Eagle Scout projects are a great way for the youth of the Continuing the success of great partnerships, the Aller-
community to contribute in ways that will be remembered ton Public Library District, Kirby Medical Center, and the
for years. The Eagle Scout project accomplished by City of Monticello are working together this summer to
Dalton Harris is no exception, and will be enjoyed by two bring something new to the community, taking summer
and four-legged residents. reading to a totally new dimension!

Through Dalton’s planning and fundraising, the Robert The Storywalk© program is currently active in 39 states,
Milligan Dog Park now has more features to offer its visi- and will be implemented on the Sangamon Trail as the
tors. Agility equipment was designed and constructed trail surface is paved this summer. 18 panels will be in-
as part of his Eagle Scout project. Additionally, four stalled along a stretch of the trail, offering families the
shade trees were donated by the Monticello Rotary Club, opportunity to enjoy a wonderful children’s story while
which Dalton and his fellow scouts planted and staked to walking on the path. The City has plans to pave the
offer more shade as they grow for the park-goers. portion of the trail from Green Apple Lane to County
Farm Road this summer, and the panels will be installed
Upcoming additions to the dog park for 2018 include before the trail reopens. The progressive storyboards
installation of sidewalks to lead to the shade structure, will be seasonally changed by the Library, encouraging
and additional landscaping and trees. frequent participation.

Phase 1 Complete for Nick’s Park Renovation

A true “community park,” many hands helped make the
new Nick’s Park playground installation a success, com-
pleting phase 1 of the 5-phase Nick’s Park Master Plan
approved by the City Council in summer of 2016.

Accompanying the new play structures, which are fully
fenced in and surrounded by a path for parents to walk
while the little ones play, is a new gateway entrance on
the southeast corner of the park. Visitors will also notice
“Gabby’s Gazebo,” a community-funded park gazebo
built in honor of the memory of Gabby Galbo. The help-
ing hands stepping stones from the original build, have
also been relocated to the new entrance and placed un-
der the “Nick’s Park” sign, which was designed and con-
structed by Monticello High School students.

Page 6 12 Laps around the New Nick’s Community Park Playground sidewalk = 1 mile

Upcoming Programs

Reserve your plot online at!

A FREE 5-week business training
program for past, present &
future entrepreneurs

New businesses could win a $5,000
grant towards locating in
downtown Monticello*!

Classes begin February 27th

*certain eligibility required Page 7
-448 area youth participated in MPRD’s spring ball programs in 2017-


Youth Sports & Fitness

T-Ball League: T-ball is an entry-level league to in-

troduce young players to the game of baseball. Games
are played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday eve-
nings at the Monticello Driving Range T-Ball field. All
players will hit off a "Tee." Practice begins in early May,
games begin in late May and end the first week of Ju-
ly. All players need a glove and must wear athletic

Age: 4-5 years. Players must turn 4 before July 1st.

Cost: $40 participation fee includes team t-shirt

Registration: February 12th - 23rd

Peanut League: Peanut League is a coach-pitched Boys Little League: Players will develop and refine

league with a focus on skill development to increase the skills associated with the game, and experience the val-
player's understanding of baseball. Games are played ue of teamwork and respect of others. Practice begins
primarily on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday eve- in early April, games begin in May and end in early Ju-
nings at the Monticello Driving Range Peanut ly. Regularly scheduled games are played Monday,
field. Practice begins in early May, games begin in late Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Monticello Forest
May and end the first week of July. All players need a Preserve Park ball diamonds. The 11-12 yr. old division
glove and must wear athletic shoes. Team shirts will be plays in a Rec. league with Fisher and Mahomet. Divi-
provided sions are based on age and any child may play up an
age division if they so choose.
Age: 6-7 years.
Please note that Boy's Little League is available for 7 yr. Division 1: 7 & 8 years (Coaches pitch)
old boys, and girls softball is available for 1st grade girls Players cannot turn 9 before May 1st
who are ready for the next level of competition.
Division 2: 9 & 10 years
Cost: $40 participation fee includes team t-shirt Players cannot turn 11 before May 1st

Registration: February 12th - 23rd Division 3: 11 to 12 years
Players cannot turn 13 before Sept. 1st
Girls City League Slow Pitch Softball:
Cost: $60 participation fee, includes team t-shirt & hat
Open to beginners and experienced softball stars, this
program puts an emphasis on the techniques and form Registration: February 12th - 23rd
of slow pitch softball, while focusing on the camaraderie
and importance of playing on a team. Practice begins in
mid-April, games begin in May and end in early Ju-
ly. Regularly scheduled games are played Wednesday
and Friday evenings at the Monticello Forest Preserve
Park ball diamonds. Divisions are based on the child's
2017-18 school year (current grade).

Age: 1st-4th Grade Slow Pitch (coaches pitch)
5th-8th Grade Slow Pitch (players pitch)

Cost: $60 participation fee, includes team t-shirt and

Registration: February 12th - 23rd

Page 8 -In 2017, Bill Abbott Chevrolet Buick raised $1,000 plus equipment donations for MPRD youth Baseball & Softball programs-


Youth Sports & Fitness Youth Events

Youth Golf Lessons: Participants will learn the ba- Annual MPRD Easter Egg Hunt: Bring your Easter

sics of the game, as well as correct fundamentals to help Egg baskets and get ready for some serious egg hunt-
improve their golf game. Lessons are offered at the ing! The park will be divided into two age groups: 4 and
Monticello Driving Range facility 904 Allerton Rd. under (participants may use parents’ assistance); and 5-
Classes will meet daily for one week.. 10 years old. The Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the
Forest Preserve Park in Monticello on Saturday, March
Session 1: June (TBA) 31st at 10:00am.
Ages: 6 to 16 years
Cost: $40 participation fee Age: 10 years and under
Cost: $1 per child
Registration: Beginning May 21st. Registration: 9:30am - 10am day of event

Junior Football League: A traveling league for 5th - Coming soon…

8th grades. Home Games take place at the Monticello Monticello
High School football field. Games are played on DUCK RACE
Wednesday evenings or weekend afternoons. Players at the MFAC!
who turn 13 on or before September 1st, 2018 must play
in the Heavyweight Division. Players who turn 15 on or details TBA...
before September 1st, 2018, are ineligible to play. More
information available on city website. Trick or Treat at MFAC: Stop by the Monticello

Age: Entering into 5th - 8th grade (2018/19 year) Family Aquatic Center for a night of FREE Halloween
Cost: $85 participation fee fun! On Wednesday, October 31st, from 5:00pm -
Registration: July 24th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm at the 7:00pm, trick-or-treaters ages 12 and under are invited
to stop by the facility in costume for the event. Plan on
Municipal Building plenty of photo opportunities and bring your goodie
bags! The Monticello Police Department. will also be on
site handing out goodies.

Age: 12 years and under
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required, just show up

Youth Soccer League: A great way to develop and Holiday Coloring Contests: Kids are invited to

sharpen soccer skills, as well as learn the value of team- challenge their artistic skills with select holiday coloring
work. Games take place at the Wilkey Sports Complex, contests. Winners are chosen from three age catego-
Saturday mornings in the fall. Shin guards required, and ries; 4 and under, 5-8 year olds, and 9-12 year olds.
players should wear plastic cleats or sneakers. Leagues Winners will receive prize baskets and their artwork will
are co-ed. be displayed. Entry forms can be found online or picked
up at the Municipal Building.
Age: Kindergarten - 8th grade (2018-19 year)
Easter - Deadline is March 28th
Cost: $60 participation fee, includes team t-shirt
Halloween - Deadline is October 29th
Registration: July 23rd - July 27th
Christmas - Deadline is December 12th

Age: 12 years and under

Cost: Free

-The Driving Range facility exists over the former Monticello landfill- Page 9

Adults & Seniors

Adult Sports & Fitness Group Fitness Classes at Livingston Center:

Pickleball: Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines Body Strength Plus:
Mondays, 8:30am - 9:30am
the elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. The Mondays, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
game is played on tennis courts with a wooden paddle
and perforated plastic ball, similar to a whiffle ball. The Experience a total body workout using your bodyweight
Burke Park tennis courts will be reserved for pickleball and equipment. In this class we will perform a variety of
games two evenings a week at times posted at the exercises to effectively challenge all muscle groups.
courts throughout the warm weather season. Whether new or experienced in strength training, you
work at your level with encouragement and instruction to
Age: Open to all ages be your best “strong” self.

Cost: Free CWX: Wednesdays, 8:30am - 9:30am
Wednesdays, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Registration: Not required, just show up!
Take the challenge and cross train for improved overall
Adult Recreation Open Gym Volleyball: Get fitness. A circuit workout will give you the benefits of
both resistance training and cardio session. A mix of
some exercise and sharpen your volleyball skills indoors, cardio, weights, core, flexibility and mobility will keep you
all while meeting and socializing with other volleyball coming back for more.
enthusiasts of all skill levels. Open gyms are held at
Lincoln School gymnasium Sundays, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Contact Kathy Mills, Certified Personal Trainer and
October through April, and are coordinated by Brenda Group Fitness Instructor,
Keeter. No street shoes are allowed on the court; Payment options are monthly or drop in rate to fit your
Please bring gym shoes to join in the game. needs!

Age: 16 and up Age: 16 and up

Cost: $1 per day Cost: Monthly $35 or $5 per class

Registration: Not required, just show up! Registration: Not required, just show up!

Strong for Life: Adults & Seniors, join your friends in Silver Sneaker Classes: Combat pain and arthritis!

this fun program that improves balance and strength. Reduce risk of injury and falling! Improve overall mental
The Strong for Life program uses Therabands (elastic and physical health! Join Instructor Cheri Hillier’s
resistive bands) to provide force for strengthening mus- classes at the Livingston Center.
cles that are important in every day movements such as
getting out of a chair and walking. Each exercise is scal- Strength & Balance class:
able in difficulty, and the instructions on how to modify Tuesdays, 9:05am
the exercises to suit different strength and functional
levels are provided verbally by the instructor as well as Yoga Stretch class:
shown visually by the demonstration in the video. Class Fridays, 9:05am
meets in the Livingston Center multi-purpose room from
10:30am - 11:00am Mondays, Wednesday & Fridays. Cost: $3.00 / class or free with silver sneakers card
Just show up and be ready to have fun! issued through health insurance company.
Pilates based core conditioning class:
Age: Adults & Seniors
Tuesdays, 8:00am.
Cost: Free
Cost: $5.00 / class.
Registration: Not required, just show up! Contact Cheri at with questions.

Golf Driving Range: Located at 904 Allerton Rd.

opens for the year on April 9th, 2018.

Range Hours: Weekday’s 4pm - Dusk & Weekend’s
Noon - Dusk. Large Bucket of Balls $6 Small bucket of
Balls $4 . Open to the public.

Page 10 -218 people participated in the 2017 KMC Triathlon event-

Adults & Seniors

Arts & Education Senior Social Gatherings & Events
Peace Meals: Who are you having lunch with today?
Summer Singers: From closet singers who perform
Bring your friends and come for a delicious, well-
only in the shower, to professional tenors who rule the balanced meal in the company of friends and neighbors.
stage, the Monticello Summer Singers invite all who can But eating is only one attraction, as recreation and edu-
carry a tune to join in on the fun this summer. Directed cational activities such as Lunch with the Doctor where
by Kathy Brown, this group puts some professional medical professionals come in to speak on a topic are
choirs to shame, performing anything from patriotic med- scheduled. Euchre tournaments and Bridge games are
leys to show tunes and more! Participation is open to also often planned afterwards, to add to one’s enjoy-
anyone, high school through seniors. Participants will ment. Meals are served at the Livingston Center senior
also receive a DVD of the finale concert. Rehearsals room. RSVP your space by calling Shelly Tolley at
take place Monticello United Methodist Church, and re- 217.762.7733.
hearsal times will be posted closer to the program time.
No registration is required– just show up! Age: Senior Citizens
Cost: $3.50 suggested donation per meal
Age: High School through adult Registration: Make reservations the previous
Cost: FREE business day.
Rehearsals: June - August
Registration: Not required, just show up BINGO: Everyone loves a good game of BINGO, espe-
Can’t commit to singing (or just can’t sing), but love the
music? Make sure you attend the Monticello Summer cially with great prizes! After finishing up with lunch at
Singers Finale Concert at the end of the season. The home or with Peace Meals, join in for a round or two of
concert is held at the Monticello Methodist Church and is BINGO! Games begin promptly at 12:30pm at the Liv-
free to the public. ingston Center and run until 1:00pm. BINGO games are
held every other Tuesday, and dates are posted in the
City-Wide Holiday House Decorating Contest: local newspaper with the Peace Meals menu, or on the
City’s website.
Channel your inner Clark Griswold and enter your eye-
catching display of Christmas decorations in the annual Age: Senior Citizens
house decorating contest! The public will vote on the top Cost: Free
homes through city’s website, and the winners will re- Registration: Not required, just show up
ceive Chamber Bucks! Homes must be within city limits.
Did you know… The Monticello Livingston Center
Cost: Free
Registration: Register online or at the Municipal houses the Monticello Area Arts Council, Monticello
Building by December 4th, 2018 Main Street, and the Monticello Peace Meals center, as
well as a multi-purpose room for City activities?

-In 2017 MPRD Concessions sold over 2,000 orders of Nachos- Page 11

Monticello Family Aquatic Center

2018 Prices: Aquatic Programs

Daily fee: $5.00 Aquatots: For infants and toddlers accompanied by

Individual Season Pass: $60.00 - Resident parents or guardians to have fun and become more
$75.00 - Non-resident comfortable in the water through a semi-structured pro-
gram with water play and games. Infants and toddlers
Family (up to 4) Season Pass: $170.00 - Resident not potty-trained must wear swim diapers. Classes will
$210.00 - Non-resident be held Monday through Thursday, June 25th - 28th &
July 23rd - 26th from 11:00am to 11:30am.
Additional Family Members Pass: $15.00 - Resident
$20.00 - Non-resident Age: Parents with infants/toddlers 6-36 months

Pool Rental Fees: $220.00 for 1.5 hours Cost: $35
Daily, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Registration: Begins June 4th, 2018, 9:00am at the
Daytime Party Room Rental $20.00 for 2 hours aquatic center
Daily, 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Hours: May 28th - August 21st, 2018

6:00am - 7:00am Adult Lap Swim
Tuesdays - Thursdays

7:00am - 9:00am Monticello Marlins
Mondays - Fridays Team Practice

9:00am - 12:00pm Youth Swimming Lessons
Mondays - Thursdays Aquatots

12:00pm - 7:00pm Public Hours

7:30pm - 9:00pm Private Pool Party Rental

12:00pm - 6:30pm Concession Stand Hours

Adult Lap Swim: Adult swimmers can focus on their Monticello Marlins Summer Swim Team: Put

stroke with this great low-impact aerobic activity! This swimming skills to the test with the Monticello Marlins!
special swim time gives adults the opportunity to swim at Practices take place weekday mornings, 7:00am -
their own pace with no interruption from non-lap swim- 9:00am, June through July at the MFAC. Swim meets
mers. Pre-registration is not required and there is no take place Saturday mornings with local and traveling
charge for season pass holders. Tuesdays, Wednesday meets. Participants should be able to swim one length
& Thursdays, 6:00am - 7:00am at the MFAC. of the pool (25m) and make 3 practices a week in order
to compete at meets. Follow the 2012-2017 conference
Age: 16 and up champs, the Monticello Marlins, on Facebook and “Like”
the Monticello Marlins Swim Team page!
Cost: $2 per person; Season Pass Holders Free
Age: Kindergarten - 18 years
Registration: Not required, just show up
Cost: $60 participation fee

Registration: May 1st, 5:30pm - 7:00pm at the
Livingston Center Multi-Purpose Room


Page 12 -The main pool at the Monticello Family Aquatic Center holds 250,700 gallons of water-

Monticello Family Aquatic Center

Aquatic Programs

Summer Youth Swimming Lessons: MPRD’s amazing staff teaches American Red Cross swim lessons during

two 2-week sessions weekday mornings, Mondays through Thursdays. Designed to help promote healthy activity and
increase skill levels associated with aquatics, the classes are offered in 7 skill levels. Youth must be at least 36” tall
and at least 3 years old to be eligible to participate. In the event of inclement weather, lessons may be cancelled.
Please call the Monticello Family Aquatic Center for an update on the status of swimming lessons. Parents, please
note that the feature pool is not open during swimming lessons times.

Class Levels:

Tadpoles (30-minute class): Fully submerge face in water for 3 seconds, 10 bobs up and down in water, supported front and back
float with and without kick, put face in water and blow bubbles, jump in and out of shallow water by self, front crawl stroke, water

Turtles (30-minute class): Hold breath fully submerged for 3 seconds, pick up objects under water, orientation to deep water, front
and back float glide for 5 seconds, rhythmic breathing, enter chest-deep water, flutter kick on front and back, finning with hands to
side while on back, back arm crawl technique, front crawl 5 yards with property breathing, back stroke 5 yards, turning over in water
from front to back side, water safety.

Ducks (30-minute class): Retrieve objects with eyes open, 15 bobs up and down to a safe area (deep to shallow), jumps in water
by self, kneel dive, front and back glide with push-off, front crawl stroke with breathing 10 yards, back crawl stroke 10 yards, ele-
mentary backstroke with proper arm movement and leg kick, reverse direction while swimming on front and back, water safety.

Whales (30-minute class): Deep water bobs, experiment with floating position, rotary breathing, standing front dive, elementary
backstroke 10 yards, sculling on back 5 yards or for 15 seconds, front back and crawl stroke 25 yards, breast-stroke kick 10 yards,
sidestroke– scissors kick for 10 yards, turn at the wall, tread water for 2 minutes, rescue breathing, familiarity with CPR.

Advanced Beginners (45-minute class): Alternate breathing, stride jump entry, dive progression from board, long shallow dive,
breaststroke and sidestroke for 10 yards, swim underwater 3 body lengths, elementary backstroke 25 yards, butterfly-dolphin kick
10 yards, front and back crawl stroke 50 yards, turns on front and back, rules for safe diving from board, recognition of spinal injury,
hip-shoulder support, surface dive-feet first, tread water for 2 minutes with 2 kicks.

Intermediates (45-minute class): Approach and hurdle on board, jump tuck on board, front and back crawl stroke 100 yards,
breaststroke and sidestroke 25 yards, butterfly 10 yards, approach stroke 25 yards, breaststroke and sidestroke turn, speed turn to
breaststroke, flip turn– front crawl, pike and tuck surface dives, treading water with alternate kicks, throwing rescues, roll spinal inju-
ry face up.

Swimmers (45-minute class): Front dive from diving board, 500 yards swim, front crawl stroke 200 yards, swim under water 15
yards, back crawl 100 yards, breaststroke and sidestroke 50 yards, butterfly 25 yards, backstroke flip turn, in-water rescue with
equipment, conditioning principles, check heart rate, pick up brick 8-10 feet deep, water safety skills, tread water for 5 minutes, as-
sist with backboard.

Age: 3 years and up Session 1: June 11th - June 21st
Session 2: July 9th - July 19th
Cost: $35 for Tadpoles, Turtles, Ducks & Whales
$45 for Advanced Beginners, Intermediates & Swimmers

Registration: Begins June 4th, 9:00am at the pool only

-The Monticello Family Aquatic Center had 294 youth in swim lessons last year- Page 13

More “ACTIVE-ities”

Allerton Trails Half Marathon & 10K: An annual KMC Sage City Triathlon: The KMC Sage City Tri-

fundraiser for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, with evening athlon will include a 300 meter swim, 13.5 mile bike ride,
Trail Glo 5k run/walk (bring your own headlamp), and and a 3.1 mile run. This course will start and finish at
Half Marathon & 10K run that will take you through Aller- the Monticello Family Aquatic Center, with the running
ton Park’s trails, woods and amazing gardens. More and cycling components in and around Allerton Park and
information can be found at the Monticello outskirts.

Event Date: Event Date: Saturday, August 11th, 2018
Trail Glo 5k - Friday, April 6th Age: Open to all ages
Half Marathon & 10k - Saturday, April 7th Registration: Register & more information online at
Registration: Register & more information online at, or follow the Facebook Page Wade’s 5k for 5p: An annual running and walking

Kirby Derby: Test your endurance by participating in fund-raising event that supports local families affected by
Cri du Chat and the 5P Minus Society. This event is
Kirby Medical Center’s annual 5k recreational walk and held at Lodge Park in Monticello, and is great for families
5k & 10k run. Walkers and runners will race through to participate in.
Monticello, including downtown and historic State Street.
Kids 10 and under can participate in a shorter kids race. Event Date: Saturday, October 6th
Pre-registrations get an event t-shirt. Event starts and Registration: Register & more information online at
ends at Forest Preserve Park in Monticello. Call, or follow the Facebook Page
217.762.2115 for more information, or visit Event Date: May 12th, 2018

Age: Open to all ages

Registration: Register & more information online at, or at Kirby Medical Center.

Courthouse Rocks in Downtown Monticello!

Come up to downtown on the second Saturdays this
summer. Downtown will be opened up for dinner, live
music, dancing, vendors, and a car show on the west,
north and south sides of the square. The evening wraps
up with the popular Monticello Movie Nights on the big
screen, the east side of the square. In the event of in-
clement weather or windy conditions, the event may be
postponed or cancelled.

Saturday, June 9th Saturday, July 14th Saturday, August 11th

Live Performance by Live Performance by Bad Medicine Live Performance by Acoustic Flag
Firebox Bluegrass Sponsored by the Monticello Sponsored by Decatur
Recreation Foundation Memorial Hospital
Sponsored by Monticello Mercantile
& Christie Clinic

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2018 Community Calendar

2/24 Monticello Fighting Hunger 7/14 Over the Garden Gate Garden Walk (PCMG)
2/24 - 2/25 Experience the Hops (AP)
2/24 - 2/25 The Glass Menagerie (MTA) 7/14 Courthouse Rocks in Downtown Monticello (COM)
3/2 - 3/4 The Glass Menagerie (MTA)
3/3 Piatt County Antique Day Live performance from “Bad Medicine”
3/8 BEAR and the Unreliable Bestiary (AP)
3/10 - 3/11 Vine to Wine (AP) “Coco”, Outdoor movie
3/14 Early Bird Day for MFAC (COM)
3/31 MPRD Easter Egg Hunt (COM) 7/14 - 7/15 Weekend Train Rides (MRM)
4/6 Allerton Trail Glo 5k (AP)
4/7 Allerton 10k/Half Marathon (AP) 7/19 Monticello Farmer’s Market (MMS)
4/8 Public Mansion Tours (AP)
4/9 Driving Range Opens for the Season (COM) 7/21 - 7/22 401 in Steam Weekend (MRM)
4/18 Early Bird Day for MFAC (COM)
5/4 - 5/6 Spring Clean-up Days (COM) 7/26 Monticello Farmer’s Market (MMS)
5/5 - 5/6 Annual Plant Sale (AP)
5/5 - 5/6 Weekend Train Rides (MRM) 7/28 - 7/29 Weekend Train Rides (MRM)
5/9 Early Bird Day for MFAC (COM)
5/11 Whites of Spring (MMS) 8/2 Monticello Farmer’s Market (MMS)
5/11 Monticello Business Expo (MCC)
5/12 Kirby Derby (KMC) 8/4 - 8/5 Weekend Train Rides (MRM)
5/12 - 5/13 Mother’s Day Train Rides (MRM)
5/19 Spring Soiree and Garden Party (AP) 8/9 Monticello Farmer’s Market (MMS)
5/19 - 5/20 401 in Steam Weekend (MRM)
5/26 - 5/27 Weekend Train Rides (MRM) 8/10 Allerton Concert “Irish Fest” (AP)
5/28 MFAC Opens for the Season (COM)
6/2 - 6/3 Weekend Train Rides (MRM) 8/11 Sage City Triathlon (KMC)
6/8 Allerton Summer Concert Kickoff (AP)
6/9 Courthouse Rocks in Downtown Monticello (COM) 8/11 Courthouse Rocks in Downtown Monticello (COM)
Live performance from “Firebox Bluegrass Band”
6/9 “Beauty and the Beast”, Outdoor movie Live performance from “Acoustic Flag”
6/9 - 6/10 Old Glory Days, Bement
6/14 401 in Steam Weekend (MRM) “Despicable Me 3”, Outdoor movie
6/16 - 6/17 Monticello Farmer’s Market (MMS)
6/21 Father’s Day Train Rides (MRM) 8/11 - 8/12 Weekend Train Rides (MRM)
6/21 - 6/23 Monticello Farmer’s Market (MMS)
6/23 - 6/24 Piatt County Trailblazers’ Rodeo (PCT) 8/16 Monticello Farmer’s Market (MMS)
6/24 Weekend Train Rides (MRM)
6/28 Rodeo Parade (PCT) 8/18 - 8/19 401 in Steam Weekend (MRM)
6/29 Monticello Farmer’s Market (MMS)
6/30 - 7/1 Allerton Concert “Reds, Whites & the Blues” (AP) 8/21 Last day MFAC is open (COM)
7/3 Weekend Train Rides (MRM)
7/3 Fireworks Special (MRM) 8/22 First Day of School– Monticello CUSD #25
7/4 Monticello Freedom Fest, Lodge Park
7/5 Bement 4th of July 8/23 Monticello Farmer’s Market (MMS)
7/7 - 7/8 Monticello Farmer’s Market (MMS)
7/12 Weekend Train Rides (MRM) 8/25 - 8/26 Weekend Train Rides (MRM)
Monticello Farmer’s Market (MMS)
8/30 Monticello Farmer’s Market (MMS)

9/1 Deland Celebration, Downtown Deland

9/1 - 9/2 Weekend Train Rides (MRM)

9/6 Monticello Farmer’s Market (MMS)

9/7 - 9/8 Prairie Sky Music Festival (AP)

9/8 - 9/9 Weekend Train Rides (MRM)

9/13 Monticello Farmer’s Market (MMS)

9/14 MHS Homecoming Parade

9/15 Marissa’s Family Run for Recovery (5K), Lodge Park

9/15 Monticellobration (MMS)

9/15 - 9-16 Railroad Days (MRM)

9/20 Monticello Farmer’s Market (MMS)

9/22 - 9/23 Weekend Train Rides (MRM)

9/23 Campfire Jamboree (AP)

9/27 Monticello Farmer’s Market (MMS)

9/29 - 9/30 Weekend Train Rides (MRM)

10/4 Monticello Farmer’s Market (MMS)

10/6 Wade’s 5K for 5P

10/6 - 10/7 Weekend Train Rides (MRM)

10/12 - 10/14 Fall Clean-up Days (COM)

10/13 - 10/14 Weekend Train Rides (MRM)

10/20 - 10/21 401 in Steam Weekend (MRM)

10/31 Trick or Treat at Nick’s Park (COM)

AP Allerton Park & Conference Center MRM Monticello Railway Museum
CC Monticello Chamber of Commerce MS Monticello Main Street
COM City of Monticello PCMG Piatt County Master Gardeners
EF Eli Field PCT Piatt County Trailblazers
KMC Kirby Hospital

*Due to the timing of this publication, not all community events are listed. Dates/events are subject to cancellation or change.

Have some free time? Volunteer at one of the many community events! Contact the organization responsible for the event to see how you can help! Page 15

Monticello Parks & Recreation Department PRSRT STD
210 N. Hamilton ECRWSS
Monticello, Illinois 61856
(217) 762.2583 PAID


Postal Customer

Make a big splash with Early Bird Discounts for MFAC passes!

Summer may be a couple months yet, but you can get your MFAC season pass early!
Everyone can take advantage of these hot savings!

2018 Early Bird Prices:

Individual Passes: $55 - Resident
$70 - Non-Resident

Family (up to 4) Pass: $150 - Resident
$190 - Non-Resident

*Additional Family Members: $15 - Resident
$20 - Non-Resident

Mar. 14th 8:00am - 5:00pm

April. 18th 8:00am - 6:00pm

May. 9th 8:00am—5:00pm

at the Monticello Municipal Building


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