Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Rain garden coming to Paxton park

PAXTON — In collaboration with the Ford County Soil and Water Conservation District, the park district agreed to put in a rain garden at Coady Park. It will be located in an area immediately southeast of the Paxton Civic Center.

Weekend planner: Get outdoors for sweet summer sounds

Music seems to sound even better outside on a nice summer evening. Many park districts recognize that, offering free concerts throughout the summer in various parks. The Champaign Park District kicked off its Sounds at Sunset series May 2 and will present the second Sunset concert from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, featuring the Big Bluestem String Band.

Preservation efforts continue to pay off

MONTICELLO — Robert Allerton intentionally put the sphinxes backward.

Proposed park to honor Middletown

MAHOMET — Now that the old Middletown School has faded into history, Mahomet-Seymour district officials are looking at plans to honor its memory.

Ready. Set. SPLASH!

Editor's note: the original version of this story had incorrect hours for Crystal Lake, which opens this Saturday. The hours are now corrected.

Entertainment listings, May 21-28, 2015

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

Special events

This weekend

Bottenfield PTA comes through for playground

CHAMPAIGN — A $6.3 million expansion and renovation helped Bottenfield become the most desired elementary school for Unit 4 parents to send their children to, according to recent district data.

What all of that 1-cent sales tax money didn't cover, however, was the outdoor play space that was lost during the 2013-14 construction.

Crystal Lake Park improvements slated to start next year

Construction is expected to start next year on improvements to a section of Crystal Lake Park in Urbana.

Urbana Park District officials on Wednesday night are giving the public a sneak peek at the improvements slated for the area to the east of the Anita Purves Nature Center.  Wednesday's public meeting on the project willl be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the nature center.

Sholem Aquatic Center wins national award

CHAMPAIGN — The Sholem Aquatic Center has earned a national safety award.

Raffle to benefit parks foundation; prize is new car

CHAMPAIGN — Here's your chance to win a new car while helping area youths.