Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Letter from Birdland | Seek out ways to support nature

The grass in Birdland had not been mowed, and Michael and I were walking around with our coffee. Most mornings find me with my husband, taking a turn in the yard to see what is blooming, what needs to be weeded or fixed.

Champaign Park District board OKs agreement with city on summer camps

CHAMPAIGN — As many as 78 boys and girls will have an opportunity to take part in camps in the Garden Hills neighborhood and at Douglass Park this summer.

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.

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.

Urbana alderman pushes for trees as University Avenue project advances

URBANA — As the city council discussed the final plans for a housing development on University Avenue, Alderman Dennis Roberts advocated for beautifying the road with trees.

Environmental groups file new lawsuit against Dynegy over coal ash

DANVILLE — Dynegy's legal battles over coal ash at its former power station along the Middle Fork River continue piling up, as two environmental groups have joined hands to file another lawsuit, at the state level this time, alleging the company is polluting Illinois' only Wild and Scenic River.

Creator of Virginia Theatre's largest-ever set named park district's volunteer of year

CHAMPAIGN — Four weeks before the Champaign Park District's big Dance Arts show, organizers realized they needed to create the largest set envisioned to date for the Virginia Theatre stage.

One woman, Kim Cochran, with the help of her family, spent pretty much every waking moment since that point building and painting the massive set.