Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Wooded area gifted to Danville likely to stay that way in near future

DANVILLE — City officials don't yet have specific plans for 180 acres of wooded property south of the Chateau Estates subdivision that's being donated to the city by a couple with local connections, but they're thinking any uses should be recreational.

Letter from Birdland | Signs of fall are all around us

In Birdland, we have turned the corner of the year into autumn, and the corn that surrounded our house with a comforting shelter all summer is gone. We can see all the way to the back fence row, and in the evenings, herds of deer graze in the gloaming.

A bicycle built for almost 102

SADORUS — Ruth Klitzing is living proof that you're never too old to try something new.

Earlier this week, the longtime Sadorus resident took her first bike ride — six days shy of her 102nd birthday on Monday.

"She said it was kind of rough," daughter Karen Tempel said with a laugh. "But she's glad she did it. Now she can cross it off her bucket list."

Improvements at Champaign's Heritage Park start this week

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Park District is beginning improvements to Heritage Park this week.

Park district planner Bridgette Moen said the work to restore the shoreline of the lake, improve natural areas and add a new path system at the park at 2101 W. Bradley Ave. will get underway by week's end.

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Urban-planning expert: 'Smart growth' needed, not sprawl

The push for "smart growth" — policies to curb sprawl and make urban centers more livable — took off about 20 years ago, with mixed results, an urban-planning expert says.

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The newest park in Homer includes a tribute to the village's oldest couple.

The family of 99-year-old lovebirds Edith and Warren Gordon wowed them by donating benches engraved with their names — as well as a picnic table — earlier this month.

Edith said "it was the most surprising surprise that anybody could have ever surprised us with," granddaughter Angela Lawrence said.

'I'm hyped up': The Luke Bryan Farm Tour from fans' perspectives

PESOTUM — Chanel Holt of Urbana was at Farm Aid in 1985, and she saw the Luke Bryan Farm Tour here as in the same league.

"I'm hyped up," she said. "I was a teenager for Farm Aid."

O'Jays bringing R&B hits to Virginia Theatre on Oct. 13

CHAMPAIGN — R&B stars the O'Jays are set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Virginia Theatre.

The concert features original members Walter Williams and Eddie Levert. The band has 10 albums certified gold and nine albums certified platinum.