Parks and Recreation
The Parks Department is a division of the Public Works Department. Park employees are responsible for maintenance in the Village parks. Key staff members include:
- Parks & Grounds Supervisor: Larry Coloni
- Maintenance Workers: Bart Cochran, David Dunn, Mike Mosely
Parks Department Staff
Public Works Director, Parks & Grounds Supervisor
Larry Coloni has been employed by the Village since 1991. Larry has over 30 years professional experience in Water Treatment and Public Works, and is actively involved in many professional organizations such as the Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association, Illinois Chapter, American Public Works Association, and the Illinois Parks & Recreation Association. Formally trained in the U.S. Air Force with some college classes, Larry oversees the maintenance of all Village streets, the water supply and distribution system, sanitary sewer system, park maintenance, building maintenance and storm drainage. As Director, Larry prepares the budget for the street, water, sewer, and parks divisions. In addition, he supervises and gives direction to all employees in the Public Works department. Larry and his wife Cindy raised their two sons in the Village, having lived in Forsyth since 1991.
The Recreation Department is an offshoot of the Parks Department. Mike Poe is the Director of the Recreation Department, which provides summer programming in Forsyth Park for elementary to middle-school aged children and generally operates for eight weeks during the summer.
The Village’s primary and largest park is Forsyth Park, covering 75 acres and located off West Weaver Road. It is the home of two pavilions, (with grills, picnic tables and electricity if needed), play structures, an 18-hole disc golf course, a sand volleyball court, three tennis courts, and four softball/baseball fields. Forsyth Park has four separate off-street parking areas, wooded and open bike path areas and walking trails, two fishing ponds and a wildlife observation stand. The park features wooded areas along with spacious areas of open field. The park is ADA accessible and contains public restrooms, rest stop benches, and water fountains.
Summer Park hours are from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Large & Small Pavilions
Nestled throughout the Village, each of our six smaller neighborhood parks (often referred to as “pocket parks”) feature playground equipment and gazebos. This unique system is all tied together with miles and miles of paved, patrolled and lighted walking and bicycling trails.
The Village parks support group activities and sports through offering its many large and open soccer fields, baseball diamonds, batting cages, and tennis courts for use by groups and surrounding communities. To reserve one of the Village’s six soccer fileds (Oakland, West Forsyth Parkway, Eagle Ridge, Village Hall or West Weaver) please call Village Hall at 877-9445. For organized children’s sports and activities, check out the Forsyth Youth League or the park’s Summer Recreation Program. Golf enthusiasts have access to the Decatur Parks District’s Hickory Point Golf Course, with its panoramic 18 holes and beautiful clubhouse and banquet facility. The course plays host each year to a tournament event on the Symetra Tour, the official qualifying tour for the LPGA.
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