Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Aquisition named Henry Michael Park

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign’s newest park has a name.

The Champaign Park Board voted 5-0 on Wednesday to christen the new 2-acre park on the city’s south side “Henry Michael Park.”

Two weeks ago, the board accepted the land donated by developer Dan Hamelberg.

Urbana, Champaign park districts monitoring dog-flu situation

Chris Yerkes of Urbana has been taking her dogs, Ivy and Finn, to the Urbana Dog Park every day for three years, and she said the people she's talked to at the park are concerned about the recent outbreak in canine influenza.

"People are pretty conscious of it," Yerkes said. "People I've talked to out here are all thinking about" getting their dogs vaccinated.

Top of the morning, April 20, 2015

Just west of downtown Danville, along U.S. 150, you cross a bridge that overlooks Ellsworth Park.

And if you overlook Ellsworth Park, you're missing some significant history.

Steve Lane, special services superintendent, will fill you in:

Entertainment listings, April 16-23, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Expo co-hosted by faith group, park district

URBANA — Here's a chance to learn about what local faith communities are doing to better care for the earth.

The EarthCare Expo, co-hosted by Faith in Place and the Urbana Park District, will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Urbana's Anita Purves Nature Center (1505 N. Broadway).

Go figure: April 10, 2015

A numerical look at local headlines


Acres donated by developer Dan Hamelberg to be used as a park in Champaign, an offer that has been accepted by the Champaign Park Board.

Its projected name: Henry Michael Park.

Entertainment listings, April 9-16, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

AG DAY 2015

Blumthal, Cunningham chosen for Urbana park board

URBANA — Veteran Urbana Park Board commissioner Meredith Blumthal will return for a six-year term, and contender LaShaunda Cunningham will hold the other available seat on the five-member park board.

In a three-way contest for two seats, Cunningham and Blumthal were the top vote-getters, according to unofficial results.

Hays, Solon win Champaign park board seats

CHAMPAIGN — An incumbent and the head of the park district's foundation have been elected to seats on the Champaign Park Board.

On Tuesday, voters elected Craig Hays and Jane Solon-Wetmore over Brent West for a pair of six-year terms on the board.

Hays was the top vote getter, garnering 5,461 votes.

April's not just for Ebert

Roger Ebert's Film Festival, one of the premier entertainment events in this region, tends to overshadow all the other arts happenings in April.

Many of the non-Ebertest events are coming up this weekend. Some are major for their sponsoring organizations as well as for arts lovers.