Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Grant makes Urbana's vision Crystal clear

URBANA — Plans to revitalize the area around Crystal Lake Park have been at the top of the Urbana Park District's wish list for years.

The catch: finding a way to foot the bill for the district's ambitious plans.

Cockroaches named after exes to be fed to zoo animals

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Not in the Valentine's Day spirit? A Texas zoo has a cockroach that can help.

The El Paso Zoo is running a promotion called "Quit Bugging Me" that allows people to name cockroaches after ex-spouses, former friends or anyone else on the nope list. On Thursday, the cockroaches will be fed to various zoo animals.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 14-21, 2019


This weekend


What: Honoring the cultures of Indigenous Americans and the wisdom and practices they share with others. This year's events inclue a talk on powwows, an educator workshop, and a family concert of storytelling and traditional teachings.

When:4 p.m. Feb. 14; 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 16.

30 acres once owned by Lincoln head to auction

CHARLESTON (AP) — A plot of Illinois farmland once owned by President Abraham Lincoln is heading to auction.

A retired farmer in the central Illinois city of Charleston is selling his family's 590-acre farm, which includes a 30-acre plot once owned by the nation's 16th president.

Titi monkey born at Springfield zoo

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — One of the youngest additions to a central Illinois zoo is a titi monkey born about three weeks ago.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the white-eared primate is the first offspring of two monkeys named Wally and Maniqui. Titi monkeys' natural habitat is around Brazil's Amazon River basin where they rarely come out of the trees.

Danville receives state grant for Denmark Road project

DANVILLE — Danville has received grant funding for a Denmark Road project that would include $1.6 million for constructing a shared-use path across the bridge on Lake Vermilion.

Danville is one of 53 projects awarded $35.7 million in Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program funds out of 218 that applied seeking a total of $252 million during the 2018 award cycle.

State adds $400K to Human Kinetics Park project

CHAMPAIGN — A $400,000 state grant will go a long way toward improvements at a park on Champaign's north side.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources awarded the grant to the Champaign Park District for the development of Human Kinetics Park at 1501 N. Market St.

Money from the grant will pay for outdoor sports fields and courts, a path system, a shelter and a playground.

Environmental Almanac | February: A month of welcome change

The more I get outside in February, the more I'm reminded what a month of change it is.

Last weekend, as I walked my dogs near home, I noticed that not only were the cardinals and Carolina wrens singing, but that house finches were tuning up as well.

Proposed solar farm near Homer heads to final Champaign County Board vote

URBANA — Another solar farm proposal took a step forward Thursday night.

The Champaign County Board's Environment and Land Use Committee voted 5-0 to recommend granting a special-use permit to Atlanta-based SolAmerica Energy LLC for a 2-megawatt solar farm on 14.6 acres east of Homer, west of the Vermilion County line and north of the sewage treatment plant.

Dubai amusement park abandons Six Flags plans

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A massive amusement park in Dubai says it is abandoning plans to build a $454-million Six Flags.

DXB Entertainments, which runs Dubai Parks & Resorts, said in a statement filed on Thursday on the local stock market that a planned financial instrument was "no longer available and the Six Flags Dubai project cannot proceed at this time."