Parks and Recreation
LODA — Some village trustees are skeptical of moving forward with Trustee Roy Hilgendorf's proposal to build a new $125,000 pavilion at the village park.
Some think the existing pavilion can be repaired. Some also think the pavilion being proposed is simply too big for the park.
BEMENT — Formal talk of a 7-mile recreational trail between Monticello and Bement began five years ago, and Monticello Director of Community Development Callie McFarland joked that it could be five more before it comes to fruition. But progress is being made, she told Bement Area Chamber of Commerce members recently.
One sure sign that winter won't last forever is the spectacle of geese high overhead, flying north. They're common, I know, but it still brightens my day when I walk out and hear them and have the opportunity to watch their loose V's form and reform. These high-flying geese migrate as their forebears have done for millennia.
Would that we could enjoy all geese from a distance.
TODAY'S ONLINE QUESTION: In July, Unit 4 asked the Champaign Park District for 60 acres at Dodds Park. Now they're asking for 40 to build a new Central High School. What changed?
A few things, Superintendent Judy Wiegand tells us.
A full public discussion is scheduled for later this month on a proposal to build the new Champaign Central High School at Dodds Park east of Parkland College instead of at the current site on the city's far north side.
Champaign Park District board members on Wednesday night agreed unanimously to devote the board's study session on Feb. 25 to the issue.
Weigh in with Tom Kacich here
CHAMPAIGN — As promised, Champaign Park Board President Joe Petry asked board members at Wednesday night’s meeting to devote the entire Feb. 25 agenda to a public discussion about allowing a new Central High School to be built at Dodds Park.
CHAMPAIGN — If the Champaign Park District decides to swap land with Unit 4, whatever property the park district gets in return would have to be of equal or greater value than the 40 acres of Dodds Park it would be giving up, the park district's Executive Director Joe DeLuce says.
A look at the long, winding road to what Unit 4 officials hope will end with Central High School being built at Dodds Park, courtesy managing editor Jeff D'Alessio:
NOV. 18, 2013