DECATUR – The Decatur Park District found a new restaurant to join CherryBerry frozen yogurt in the Nelson Park miniature golf clubhouse when it opens this spring.

Ted's Taters is a new restaurant venture by Kendall Peterson, who is also the owner of CherryBerry restaurants in Illinois. The concept is named after Peterson's dog, a shih tzu named Ted.

Julie Bartol, director of operations for CherryBerry, spoke at the district's Wednesday board meeting, shortly before commissioners unanimously approved the restaurant's addition to the clubhouse plans.

Bartol said Ted's Taters would serve French fries with a variety of sauces, hot dogs, loaded baked potatoes and other foods. It would be open seven days a week, 12 months a year, she said.

“We're hoping we can draw enough for birthday parties and things like that at CherryBerry,” Bartol said. “If more activities are added to the park, whether it be sledding or things like that, that we're open and have that available.”

The miniature golf course, clubhouse and restaurants are slated to open in the late spring or early summer.

In other business, the board formally adopted a master plan that was years in the making.

The 152-page document is meant to guide the district over the coming years. It offers recommendations about how to manage the district's facilities and programs in the face of an aging, declining population.

The board hired Greg Weykamp and his firm, Edgewager Resources, for $118,000 in December 2011 to develop the plan.

A series of community meetings followed in January and February 2012 followed, with residents expressing their thoughts on everything from the closure of Lake Shore Drive to the popularity of the bike trails.

Commissioners received a draft of the plan in August 2013 and discussed it with the public at a forum in September.

The district's master plan was last updated in 2004.

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