Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Best friends prepare to canoe to Gulf

ST. JOSEPH — As young boys playing in the Salt Fork River, Levi Marriott and Paul Cousert often wondered if you could float the river all the way to the ocean.

In about 21 days, maybe as many as 28, the best friends from St. Joseph will finally answer that boyhood question when they paddle their canoe into the Gulf of Mexico.

Virginia set to strut its renovated stuff

CHAMPAIGN — Just in time for Ebertfest, the Champaign Park District is ready to unveil the most substantial Virginia Theatre renovations to date.

Officials will open the theater at 203 W. Park Ave., C, to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Virginia Theatre VIP Tour

Donors and VIPs got a sneak peek tour of the remodeled Virginia Theater on Thursday night, April 11, 2013 before a public open house on Saturday.

Urbana City Council members to discuss 'legacy tree' program

URBANA — City council members this week could move forward in establishing a "legacy tree" protection program they hope will preserve some of Urbana's biggest, rarest and most notable trees.

Council members will discuss the proposal when they meet as a committee of the whole at 7 p.m. today in the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.

Gearhead of the Week: Fred Strater

Fred Strater of Rantoul talks about his 1967 GMC shortbed pickup truck.

Eggstravaganza 2013

Images from the Champaign Park District Eggstravaganza 23rd annual egg hunt at11 a.m. in West Side Park, Champaign. Saturday, March 30, 2013. 

Passes for Urbana pool, which is on time and on budget, go on sale

URBANA — Discounted season passes to Urbana's new family aquatic center go on sale Monday at the Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

The $9.1 million center, which is being built on the same site as past Crystal Lake Park pools in north Urbana, is on schedule and on budget, park district Executive Director Vicki Mayes said Friday. It is to be open in early June.

'Duck Dynasty' stars coming to Danville for Kennekuk event

DANVILLE — Cellular One of East Central Illinois is bringing two stars of A&E's reality show "Duck Dynasty" to Danville to benefit the new $6 million Environmental Education Center at Kennekuk County Park.

Si Robertson and his nephew, Jase Robertson, will make two appearances at the David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville.

Share memories of the Virginia

The Virginia Theatre will reopen in April and wants to hear your favorite moments.

Park board OKs contract to demolish Spalding Pool

CHAMPAIGN — By the end of June, all evidence of Champaign's Spalding Pool will be gone.

The Champaign Park District board Wednesday awarded a contract for $124,500 to Dig It of Champaign for the demolition of the 42-year-old outdoor pool and bathhouse in north Champaign. Additional alternate costs will increase the project cost to no more than $200,000.