Parks and Recreation

Allerton documentary premieres this week

MONTICELLO — Ebertfest won't be the only place to see movies this week.

The Allerton Park and Retreat Center will premiere, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, the documentary "Land of Plenty: Robert Allerton and His Gift to Illinois."


Entertainment listings, April 17-24, 2014

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Monticello OKs measures for recreation funding

MONTICELLO — The council approved two measures aimed at providing funding for recreation facilities.

The first earmarks video gaming revenues toward a new parks and playground equipment fund.


Improvements planned for Douglass Park

CHAMPAIGN — The park district asked kids who play at Douglass Park what they wanted in a future version of the park — and some of that wish list may be reality soon.

The Champaign Park District won a $300,000 grant from the state earlier this month to improve the park at Fifth and Grove streets, a project that could cost an estimated $600,000 and begin this summer.


2014 could see start of two trail projects in Champaign County

MAHOMET — Work could begin as soon as this year on two of the three multi-use trail projects in Champaign County that are getting more than $2.5 million in federal funds trough the Illinois Department of Transportation.


Champaign County gets more than $2.6 million in trail, bike grants

CHICAGO — Champaign County is set to receive more than $2.6 million in grants for trails and bike paths, Governor Pat Quinn's office announced Saturday.

The Champaign County Forest Preserve District is the big winner, receiving $1.84 million for a multi-use trail in eastern Champaign County and $293,780 for a bicycle and pedestrian trail in Mahomet.


Entertainment listings, April 10-17, 2014

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Allerton's concert series is back in full swing

MONTICELLO — After the economy bottomed out in 2008, the Allerton Park and Retreat Center's concerts and other public programming went on hiatus.

Last year, though, the park began to kick public programming into high gear, having turned to the community for help rather than look for funding internally.


Findlay golf course to reopen

The head of the Shelby County Office of Tourism said it will be very beneficial to the area to have a golf course at a state park reopen later this week.


New faces coming to Kickapoo trail

OAKWOOD — There will be some new faces along Clear Lake Trail in Kickapoo State Park this year, but hikers may have to search to spot them.

More than 20 hand-carved, wooden "spirit faces" will be nestled among the trees along a section of the trail called "Spooky Hollow."


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