Parks and Recreation
DANVILLE — The Shanks family is not looking forward to any heat waves this summer, because they won't have access to their favorite hangout — the pool at Turtle Run Golf and Banquet Center.
"It just kills me, the idea of it not being open," said Jason Shanks, whose five kids have been regulars at the pool on Liberty Lane in Danville. "They spend their whole summers there."
Bicycle in any direction from Champaign-Urbana and you're in good bicycling country.
Perhaps not epic.
CHAMPAIGN — While all three Champaign Park Board candidates say they are not opposed to land swaps under the right conditions, two of them oppose revisiting swapping part of Dodds Park.
Incumbent Jane Solon-Wetmore and challengers Craig Hays and Brent West addressed the issue during a forum Wednesday night at the Champaign City Building.
One of the early season highlights of birding in central Illinois is the widespread return in March of a bird called the American woodcock. Indeed, for some birders, this phenomenon holds just as much interest as that other popular event this time of year — March Madness.
SAVOY — What happens when you give kids space and materials to build their own adventures, and don't worry about how messy they get in the process?
They end up playing like kids really want to play, according to two local moms behind a movement to create an Adventure Playground space in Champaign County.
Due to the weather, Forest Glen Preserve won't have much maple syrup to sell this year. But its popular Maple Syrup Open House and Pancake/Sausage Dinner will take place, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sugar Bush, where syrup is processed, and Gannett Outdoor Education Center, where dinner is served. Go early. "We serve 900.
SPRINGFIELD — Several local parks projects could be in jeopardy because of a spending freeze ordered by the Rauner administration.
Among the projects at risk: the first phase of construction in Champaign County on the 24.5-mile Urbana-to-Danville Kickapoo Rail Trail; improvements to the Virginia Theatre in Champaign; and planned upgrades at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana.
URBANA — The three candidates for the Urbana park board didn't disagree on much in a forum Thursday night, including their dislike for the geese that have been fouling Crystal Lake Park.