Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

4 killed on river rapids ride at Australian theme park

SYDNEY (AP) — Four people were killed Tuesday after a river rapids ride malfunctioned at a popular theme park on Australia's east coast, officials said.

Two men and two women died while on the ride at Dreamworld, a park on Queensland state's Gold Coast, Queensland police officer Tod Reid told reporters.

Rantoul won't reveal park district property options until after vote

RANTOUL — Prior to the Nov. 8 election, village officials won't be providing information on how they will maintain park district property if voters opt to dissolve the district.

Prairie Rivers Network honoring Mahomet man's efforts

CHAMPAIGN — Bruce Colravy has always been drawn to streams.

As a kid growing up in Ford County's Piper City, he had to settle for exploring drainage ditches.

"I'd peer into the water and look for life. Surprisingly, there was quite a bit in there," Colravy said, laughing and recalling how he and a friend once pulled a 35-pound snapping turtle from one.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 20-27, 2016

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What: Baldwin Asylum was ranked among the top 10 haunted houses by and was voted Visitors' Favorite Haunt. With over 10,000 square feet of terror, it is a terrifying adventure for those who love to be scared. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Lead prompts Chicago parks to shut many drinking fountains

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say hundreds of drinking fountains in Chicago parks have been shut off after testing revealed high levels of lead in the water.

Chicago Park District officials said Tuesday they decided to take 459 of their 2,435 water fixtures out of service based on samples collected during the summer.

Urbana park board weighing 29% increase in tax levy

URBANA — The Urbana park board likely will vote next month to ask for a 29.3 percent increase in the park district's property-tax levy.

But it's not as bad as it sounds, district officials say.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 13-19, 2016

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What: Annual gathering of the area's finest culinary talent in support of the March of Dimes. Enjoy the chefs' creations for a 90-minute tasting experience before the live auction. Have dessert as you bid on one of the unique packages.

When: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: 'Bear' made a big impression

So much of conservation is about the concrete. Stop a pipeline here, plant milkweed for monarchs there, try to move the levers of political power with an email or a protest. Even when we turn our attention to climate change, with its remote (from where I live) effects, we're on to wind turbines and solar power before very long.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 6-12, 2016

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Tom Kacich: Eagle Creek still evading wrecking ball

Call it the "abandoned lakeside resort" that won't die.