Parks and Recreation
CHICAGO — Champaign County is set to receive more than $2.6 million in grants for trails and bike paths, Governor Pat Quinn's office announced Saturday.
The Champaign County Forest Preserve District is the big winner, receiving $1.84 million for a multi-use trail in eastern Champaign County and $293,780 for a bicycle and pedestrian trail in Mahomet.
MONTICELLO — After the economy bottomed out in 2008, the Allerton Park and Retreat Center's concerts and other public programming went on hiatus.
Last year, though, the park began to kick public programming into high gear, having turned to the community for help rather than look for funding internally.
The head of the Shelby County Office of Tourism said it will be very beneficial to the area to have a golf course at a state park reopen later this week.
OAKWOOD — There will be some new faces along Clear Lake Trail in Kickapoo State Park this year, but hikers may have to search to spot them.
More than 20 hand-carved, wooden "spirit faces" will be nestled among the trees along a section of the trail called "Spooky Hollow."
SPRINGFIELD — The Champaign Park District will receive a $300,000 grant for improvements at Douglass Park.
The grant, announced over the weekend by Gov. Pat Quinn, is among $16.5 million that will be spent on 46 local park projects across the state.
Quinn said they're part of his agenda "to ensure that no child is left inside."
Another sure sign it's spring in Illinois: rainbows.
A rite of the season for more than 40 years, Illinois natural resources officials stocked 47 designated ponds, lakes and creeks across the state last month with more than 60,000 Missouri-raised rainbow trout in preparation for today's 5 a.m. opening of its spring catchable trout program.
CHAMPAIGN — More Legos! they screamed. More computers!
Since it's best to keep kids entertained while you're educating them, the Orpheum Children's Science Museum listened to the clarion calls.
They ordered more of the Danish plastic building blocks, so beloved that a hit movie has been made about them.
The head of the Champaign Park District said upgrading and maintaining the district's facilities is a very important part of what the organization does.
Ratio Architects, which has a Champaign office, will give a presentation Thursday night at a public meeting on the proposed improvements to Douglass Park at 512 East Grove Street.