Parks and Recreation

Mattoon in Motion (MIM) believes Parks and Recreation in our community is an important part of our communities’ development. Our vision in the next ten years to create, sustain, and develop facilities and venues which allow residents and visitors to partake in a variety of sports leagues as well as create spaces for individual recreation opportunities.  

From MIM conversations, the city of Mattoon established a new bike trail committee and Tree Commission. Both of which focus on their respective topics.  Mattoon in the spring and summer months holds a wide verity of Softball and baseball tournaments and from this success, the city of Mattoon plans to build a second youth baseball field at Lawson Park.

Douglas Heart Nature Center

Individual organizations such as Douglas Heart Nature Center and the YMCA offer a wide variety of outdoor activities and programs for youth in our area. Douglas Heart is a premier outdoor nature center which aims to showcase experiential, hands-on, inquiry-based education. If you have not gotten a chance to experience Douglas Heart Nature Center now is the perfect time to visit.

YMCA-Girls on the Run

The YMCA offers many programs for area youth and adults alike. With programs such as Girls on the Run which uses a fun, experience-based curriculum, that creatively integrates running and other physical activity, to inspire joy, health, and confidence in girls. Learn more about there program here.

Central Football Club (CFC)

Also, for all you Soccer Fans, Central Football Club (CFC) is available to area youth. Its mission is to provide area youth an opportunity to access the game of Soccer at a competitive level and encourages all athletes to reach the individual’s highest potential to prepare them for the next level.

Sharp Iron Athletics

And check out Sharp Iron Athletics which hold a wide variety of programs for area residents which will help you achieve your goals of better health.

Many more opportunities in our great community

These are just a few examples of what our community offers. We have many more opportunities for outdoor recreation, and we invite all our residents and visitors to stay fit for life.

Mattoon in Motion Workforce Committee Update!

Futures Day has been added to the exciting lineup of Homecoming events here in Mattoon.

When: Sept. 26. at Mattoon High School

First session from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Second Session from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. for any parents/guardians who want to learn more about the schools and professions in and around the area. 

To help move this forward Mattoon in Motions work force committee which consist of, Mattoon High School, Lake Land College, LSC Communications, Eastern IL Education for Employment Systems 340, Sarah Bush Lincoln health center, The Mattoon Chamber of Commerce, the City of Mattoon, Innovative Staff Solutions and many volunteers are working on making this day a success.

We encourage parents and students to take part in this great learning opportunity.

There are over 50 different organizations, colleges, and tech programs from around the area who will be represented on Futures Day.

We want our students to explore their options. A great way to accomplish this is to have those representing different job fields, higher education and technical schools personally meet with our students. This learning opportunity is not only beneficial for our students, but it benefits those visiting our school. They will have the chance to meet with the regions’ most talented students as well as interacting with some of our future leaders.

Mattoon High School principal Rich Stuart

One of the Goals of Mattoon in Motion is developing a thriving workforce that meets the needs of area employers and employees. As a community, there are several workforce opportunities which can help you or your child succeed.

Recently Mattoon in Motion workforce development committee surveyed many parents during registration at Mattoon High School.  We asked five questions on the survey.

  1. How will informed do you feel regarding the range of options available to their student after they complete high school?
  2. How well informed do you feel regarding educational options available to their student (junior college university trade school, apprenticeships, etc.)
  3. How well informed do you feel regarding scholarship opportunities available to your student?
  4. How well informed do you feel regarding current career opportunities in the Mattoon area?
  5. How well equipped do you feel to help your student make decisions on their next steps after high school?

The Results

From these survey results, we are developing ways to disseminate the needed information to the parents in the area.

Earlier this year, we focused on the Lake Land College Fast Track Program and its partnership with LSC communications. If you haven’t noticed they are extending this program to Mars Pet Care as well.

If you or your organization want to participate in Futures Day, please click here. The deadline is September 5th.

If you want to know more about area workforce opportunities, please visit our workforce in Motion Page here. Or if you would like to volunteer in any one of our 6 committees please contact us today.

Housing Programs in Mattoon: Moving Forward.

Housing Committee Update


Today many members of the housing committee volunteered their time to help Ken, a local Vietnam Veteran, and Homeowner repaint his home. This three-month project ended today on a high note.

Mattoon in Motion in partnership with the United Way of Coles County, Coles County Habitat for Humanity, and the City of Mattoon participated in the very first housing project which initiated through Mattoon in Motion’s Housing Committee.



Volunteers assisted in the repainting of Ken’s home with resources provided by the members of Mattoon in Motion, Coles County Habitat for Humanity, the United Way of Coles County and  The Home Depot.  This project is just one example of multiple organizations working together to fill a need which could not be accomplished by any one organization alone.


As a committee, we are dedicated to the citizens of Mattoon in providing informational resources to homeowners. Such as different Housing resources in the area and coming together as a community to assist when we can.

We would like to thank all the volunteers who came out to support this project.


It’s never too late to start planning for tomorrow.

If you wish to know more about Mattoon in Motion or would like to volunteer for any of our six committees please contact us today.

Housing Development through Mattoon High School.

Also, did you know that Mattoon High School building trades class is about to start building the first of several homes in the Meadows Subdivision? Bids are being accepted now with a minimum of $179,500 and will be accepted until 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 6, 2019. For more informtion please visit their page here.

Mattoon High School

Resources in the community


Good news for homeowners!! There are a number of programs that are available in our community which can help you with home improvement projects. Check out our Housing Matrix today to see if you and your family qualify.

Workforce Development Update

Workforce development was one of the six committees created when Mattoon in Motion started.

Our Goal is to work towards developing a thriving workforce by promoting and showcasing our communities efforts to strengthen programs that meet the needs of area employers, residents, and employees.

To accomplish this, we are steadily raising awareness of available jobs, needed skills, and business opportunities in the region.

Collectively we are a group of educational institutions and business in the area working together for the positive development of the community.

There are many programs that will help train and support workers for area businesses in need of a skilled workforce.

You can find a list of programs here that you might not have known are available.

If you are a business that needs a skilled workforce, Lake Land College can help. Check out this video which was created to showcase LSC Communications active participation in the Lake Land College Fast Track Program.

Mattoon in Motion would like to thank all the participants in the video for their time and constant dedication to the community, and its residents.

If you are a potential business be sure to take a look at our Economic Development page and if you need assistance Elevate CCIC, Inc. when complete will be a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship in the region to help you start your future business.

Together we can move Mattoon and the region forward.

Contact us today if you would like to contribute to the development of Mattoon and the area.

Thank you

Youth Development Update!!

Youth Development Committee Update!!!


Today Energized Partnerships welcomed two Mattoon Youth Council members to speak about why they are going to continue to live, work and go to school in the area.

Meah and Anna are both actively engaged in the community and are excited about working on the B.I.O.N.I.C. service learning program in the High School. They discussed what it is like to volunteer in the community as High School students and presented to others in the audience how best to retain our communities youth from their perspective.

Youth Development Committee- Energized Partnership

If you did not know, the Youth Committee has divided up into two sub-committees.

Energized Partnership is a sub-committee which has made significant gains to strengthen partnerships within the community. The Youth Council is comprised of two of our community members in the Youth Committee, as well as youth who are enrolled in our local high school. Each member of the Youth Committee is nominated for the council by peers and faculty.

Our goal in the next ten years is to nurture Mattoon’s young residents and encourage them to be actively involved in the community while offering them unique opportunities to explore who they are, develop their skills, and discover their passion.

Here is a list of other organizations at Mattoon High School that engage Youth with the community.

We want to thank all the passionate community members who work to create safe spaces in our community for our youth to grow and prosper.