Parks and Recreation
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Park District plans on adding walking, running and biking paths in five of its parks within the next two years or so.
Following Wednesday’s hourlong discussion of the need for paths at many of the district’s parks, the park board reached a consensus on five priority projects.
CHAMPAIGN — The park district went "above and beyond" in building an accessible playground at Eisner Park, officials say, and it will provide a better range of activities for people with special needs.
Crews were putting the finishing touches on the playground on Friday, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday will mark its official opening.
A local advocate for people with disabilities said a new playground opening in Champaign this weekend is the next step in efforts to provide opportunities for children of all abilities.
Developmental Services Center CEO Dale Morrissey said the new Eisner Park playground, which has its grand opening Sunday, is very important in getting all children playing together.
GIBSON CITY — There's a gap in downtown Gibson City, and Randy Arends isn't quite sure how it will be filled.
Maybe a new business will elect to build where two dilapidated structures were torn down, or maybe Arends will develop the lots as an outdoor plaza where people can eat lunch, sip coffee and enjoy green space.
The trees that tower over the streets and neighborhoods of Urbana can now be recognized, and one such tree will be celebrated Thursday.
The bur oak at 301 Griggs Street is estimated to be around 150 years old and will be recognized as Urbana's first living legacy tree at a ceremony Thursday at noon at the tree site.
Bridges in rustic locations have an allure all their own.
Put a roof on them, paint a warning to "cross this bridge at a walk" at their entrance and surround them with trees changing to their fall wardrobe, and you've got a winner.
WESTVILLE — As soon as Illinois' 16-week deer hunting archery season opened, Cory Roseman was up and at 'em Wednesday and Thursday, so he could climb into his tree stand before sunrise, prime time for activity.
The Gifford resident is eager for a reason.
Through a lottery, he was one of 64 hunters given one week to hunt in Forest Glen Nature Preserve, and this is Roseman's week.
FINDLAY — Republican legislators are putting the heat on state officials to get moving on the redevelopment of the long-vacant Eagle Creek Resort on Lake Shelbyville.
The 138-room resort and conference center has been closed since the summer of 2009 when mold was found inside its guest rooms.
CHAMPAIGN — With Joe Petry running for mayor, at least one spot on the Champaign Park Board will be open during April's consolidated election.
Hoping to fill it: the University of Illinois' assistant director for records and information management services.