Parks and Recreation
CHAMPAIGN — In the summer, the University of Illinois Ice Arena is a cool place to hang — literally.
So says Dave Bagger, an assistant director with Campus Recreation who has worked at the facility since 1983.
"We have had construction guys who will take their breaks inside the Ice Arena. They will come over, open their lunch box and watch people skate," he said.
Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 62-year-old Ken Konsis, the executive director of the Vermilion County Conservation District, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Konsis, who has lived in Westville his entire life, often arranges artful bouquets of plants that some would consider weeds.
DANVILLE — The Shanks family is not looking forward to any heat waves this summer, because they won't have access to their favorite hangout — the pool at Turtle Run Golf and Banquet Center.
"It just kills me, the idea of it not being open," said Jason Shanks, whose five kids have been regulars at the pool on Liberty Lane in Danville. "They spend their whole summers there."
Bicycle in any direction from Champaign-Urbana and you're in good bicycling country.
Perhaps not epic.
CHAMPAIGN — While all three Champaign Park Board candidates say they are not opposed to land swaps under the right conditions, two of them oppose revisiting swapping part of Dodds Park.
Incumbent Jane Solon-Wetmore and challengers Craig Hays and Brent West addressed the issue during a forum Wednesday night at the Champaign City Building.
One of the early season highlights of birding in central Illinois is the widespread return in March of a bird called the American woodcock. Indeed, for some birders, this phenomenon holds just as much interest as that other popular event this time of year — March Madness.
SAVOY — What happens when you give kids space and materials to build their own adventures, and don't worry about how messy they get in the process?
They end up playing like kids really want to play, according to two local moms behind a movement to create an Adventure Playground space in Champaign County.