Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Rhino at Lincoln Park Zoo gives birth to calf

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo says an eastern black rhinoceros named Kapuki has given birth to a calf.

The zoo says Kapuki was pregnant for 15 months before the calf was born Sunday night. Zoo staff members monitored her labor and are watching the rhino and her calf remotely using cameras to give them privacy but are nearby.

Getting Personal: Eileen Borgia

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 74-year-old Urbana resident EILEEN BORGIA, who worked in early-childhood care and education for 50 years, chats with staff writer Paul Wood. Borgia has been an educator and consultant for Head Start and child care workers and has taught college courses on child development and education.

New Salem celebrates 100 years as state park

PETERSBURG (AP) — The central Illinois settlement where Abraham Lincoln came of age and began his public life is celebrating its centennial as a state park.

New museum opening at Statue of Liberty

NEW YORK (AP) — A new museum opening at the Statue of Liberty is giving visitors another opportunity to explore its history and the impact the iconic structure has had on the world.

Plaque celebrating 1876 Cubs planned for Wrigley replica

FREEPORT (AP) — A monument celebrating the 1876 inaugural edition of the Chicago Cubs will be placed at Freeport's replica Wrigley Field.The (Freeport) Journal-Standard reports that the nonprofit group called David Stalker's Baseball Memorial Series will donate the plaque. It will be placed at Little Cubs Field.

Wright home in Rockford to get visitors' center

ROCKFORD (AP) — There are plans to open a visitors' center in Rockford for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Laurent House, which opened as a museum four years ago.

Rain-soaked fields force Illinois FC Spring Invite to reshuffle games

The leaders of Illinois Futbol Club have spent months planning this weekend's 195-team IFC Spring Invite, and a few weeks ago, they finally produced a schedule.

This week, they had to completely remake that schedule.

Neil Street Plaza a perfect real-world case study for UI landscape architecture students

CHAMPAIGN — Plans and schematics for what could become Neil Street Plaza — on what is now a triangular-shaped parking lot downtown — are already finished, with city staff now focused on finding funding.

Letter from Birdland | Signs of spring can be found everywhere

Spring has come to Birdland, bringing flooding, but also color to the yard and beyond.

Daffodils and jonquils from bright yellow to pale ivory have opened in abundance. They have been blooming for a while, and I was worried the frost we got last week would nip them, but only a few gave up and lay down.

Just Askin' | Low lake levels at Heritage Park

Q: Why is the Champaign Park District draining the lake at Heritage Park off of Bradley Avenue?

A: They're restoring the shoreline, planning director Andrew Weiss said.

"There's still some water in there. It's just at a lower level so we can restore the shoreline," he said.

The work should continue until the end of June or July.