Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

PODCAST: Chelsea Norton - Champaign Park District 3-3-15

PODCAST: Chelsea Norton - Champaign Park District 3-3-15: Play now!

Brian Moline talks with the park district's marketing manager about the next step in the discussion about using a portion of Dodds Park for a new high school, plus March events from the Park District.

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Climbing facility to open this spring

URBANA — Alex Bragg and Kris Schmarr plan to open an indoor climbing facility in Urbana this spring.

The facility, known as Urbana Boulders, will be located in a former auto repair building at 1502 N. Cunningham Ave. and will feature 14-foot climbing walls, Bragg said.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 26-March 5, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Sides have their say

Now what? Tell Tom Kacich here

CHAMPAIGN — The final taxpayer tally: 12 against using part of Dodds Park for a new Champaign Central High School, seven for.

First public discussion of Dodds Park is set

At 5:30 p.m. today comes the moment many have been waiting for — the first public discussion about using a portion of Dodds Park for a new Champaign Central High School. With Election Day less than six weeks away — and Unit 4 planning to ask taxpayers for $94 million to replace the cramped, creaky school on University Avenue — the question of where remains 'TBA.'

PODCAST: Stephanie Stuart - Unit 4 Schools 2-24-15

PODCAST: Stephanie Stuart - Unit 4 Schools 2-24-15: Play now!

Brian Moline talks with Stephanie Stuart about tomorrow night's Champaign Park District meeting discussing Dodds Park as a possible high school site, and other district news.

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Rantoul, park district to discuss merger

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Park District and the village of Rantoul will hold a joint committee meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday to discuss a possible merger.

The meeting will be held in the law office of Allen & Korkowski & Associates, at 123 N. Garrard St.

On a wild goose chase

What would you do? Tell Urbana's Tom Kacich here

On Sunday morning bird walks in the spring, guide Greg Lambeth leads groups of bird enthusiasts through Crystal Lake Park and Busey Woods in Urbana in the hope of seeing a variety of species that live in or migrate to the area.

Seriously: Do not feed the geese

Wildlife experts say there's something everyone can do to help manage the Giant Canada goose problem: Stop feeding them.

Park officials in East Central Illinois said they often see people feeding them bread, birdseed and leftover picnic scraps — sometimes right next to "Do not feed geese" signs.

Cost of replicating Dodds soccer complex: More than $4 million

CHAMPAIGN — If a proposed land swap were approved between the Champaign Park District and Unit 4, the school district would be asked to front the cost of replicating the soccer complex currently at Dodds Park, The News-Gazette has learned.

The price tag? Between $4 million and $4.5 million, park district Executive Director Joe DeLuce said Friday.