Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Raffle to benefit parks foundation; prize is new car

CHAMPAIGN — Here's your chance to win a new car while helping area youths.

Sholem Aquatic Center wins national award

CHAMPAIGN — The Sholem Aquatic Center has earned a national safety award.

Organization offers good reasons to visit Campustown this summer

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Center Partnership has a message for you: Don't be afraid to visit Campustown. Particularly in the summer.

To attract more people, the organization has planned a "new, improved and pumped up" 13 Thursdays, a series of entertainment, activities and shopping promotions in Campustown that will run from Thursday through Aug. 20.

Boating restricted on portion of Middlefork River

DANVILLE — Boating has been restricted on a portion of the Milddlefork River.

Ted Fisher, director of the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency, said on Sunday afternoon that current conditions on the Middlefork River are “signficantly dangerous.”

DNR: Roads closed at Kickapoo due to heavy rains

OAKWOOD — All roads in Kickapoo State Park were closed Saturday night due to heavy rains that soaked the area the past few days, the Department of Natural Resources said. 

DNR spokesman Chris Young said park staff were barricading roads to keep motorists from driving through high water.

Andersons gift helps rail-to-trail project on its way

MAHOMET — Organizers of the effort to build a 24.5-mile recreation trail from Urbana to Kickapoo State Park hope that a $50,000 donation from The Andersons Inc. will spur more contributions to the $12 million project.

Weekend planner: Party in the (upgraded) park

Kids and adults who play at Douglass Park will have their outdoor fun ramped up several notches. The Champaign Park District updated the park, adding a splash pad, a fitness trail, new playground and other features. The district will celebrate with a "Grand Re-opening" from 2 to 4 p.m. today — National Kids to Parks Day — at the park, 512 E.

Entertainment listings, May 14-21, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

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Entertainment listings, May 7-14, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend


Groups exploring innovation museum

CHAMPAIGN — Several groups are exploring the possibility of creating a local museum that would feature innovations developed in Champaign County.

Jayne DeLuce, president and CEO of Visit Champaign County, mentioned the concept at the visitors bureau's annual Toast of Tourism on Wednesday at Parkland College.