Parks and Recreation
From tackling the NFL draft in 'Draft Day' to jamming at the roller rink with the Twin City Derby Girls, staff writer Tim Mitchell's recommendations for the week ahead:
CHAMPAIGN — A portion of a park on the University of Illinois campus could be temporarily dug up for the construction of a force main for a planned upgrade of sanitary-sewer facilities in the area.
CHAMPAIGN — Don't be surprised if you find evidence of fire in grassy areas at two Champaign parks this fall — and two others next spring.
It's not an accident or arsonist's handiwork, but the result of a planned controlled prairie burn.
"We're promoting the good stuff and getting rid of the bad stuff," said park district horticulture Supervisor Randy Hauser.
MONTICELLO — With the Allerton Park and Retreat Center in the midst of drafting a master plan, state Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, chipped in with his own input at a meeting with Allerton and University of Illinois officials Wednesday at the park.
RANTOUL — There are a couple of bank officials, a village trustee, a retired insurance official, a retired corporate officer, a former teacher and at least one non-golfer.
They make up the citizens advisory committee named to study the future of Rantoul's Brookhill Golf Course and the Rantoul Park District.
MAHOMET — Like most things, change has come over the years to Lake of the Woods.
The Sangamon River Music Festival in downtown Mahomet offers free entertainment for everyone.
The event runs from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday on Mahomet's Main Street.
The annual festival offers carnival rides, a food court, beer tent, vendors and music.
If you're thinking about swimming at an inland lake in East Central Illinois, you might want to think again.
It's not just that there could be something unpleasant in the water, it's also that what's there might go undetected for weeks.