Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Top of the Morning, May 4, 2014

Today at the corner of High Cross Road and U.S. 150 in Urbana, the Champaign County Design and Conservation Foundation will mark its 50th anniversary by planting five trees — one for each decade — at the western trailhead of the Kickapoo Trail.

Of the thousands of trees planted with the help of the CCDC, these rank up there.

State official hoping resort to reopen in 2016

SPRINGFIELD — The director of the state agency that oversees the operation of the long-closed Eagle Creek Resort at Lake Shelbyville said Thursday that he hopes the facility can reopen in 2016.

More no-smoking zones?

CHAMPAIGN — There's nothing like a little fun and fresh air at your local park, but maybe the air isn't always as fresh as you think.

Entertainment listings, May 1-8, 2014

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

Special events

This weekend

Lamon House to open on Sundays

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Museum Society will start opening the historic Lamon House in Lincoln Park on Sundays starting with this Sunday .

Tom Kacich: C-U's minor flirtation with pro baseball

100 years ago, team won its league but couldn't manage to win over enough wallets

Champaign-Urbana's brief history as the home of minor league baseball ended 100 years go this summer when its entry in the oddly named Illinois-Missouri League folded, followed soon by the entire league.

Grand opening set for Leonhard rec center

CHAMPAIGN — Pat Warmbier is one of the lucky ones — she had the walking track at the new Leonhard Recreation Center all to herself last week.

"It's so much bigger and open," she said of the new facility.

Officials are putting the finishing touches on the new, $5.4 million recreation center as they prepare for its official grand opening Saturday.

Top state official sees good promise at resort

But tour shows it to be in a generally unkempt state

FINDLAY — A top official with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said he feels confident that the Eagle Creek Resort, closed since July 2009, can be reopened and can be financially successful.

Harsh winter has fish orders on rise

DANVILLE — When the foot-thick ice on Raymond Calton's 1-acre pond finally thawed in March, many of the fish in it were floating — and dead.

"This was a bad year as far as freeze-up," Calton said as he waited Friday afternoon to pick up the hundreds of new fish he ordered to restock the pond on his property, off Henning Road in Vermilion County.

Updated: New Central High School site proposed

CHAMPAIGN — Three months after announcing that northern Champaign likely would be the site of a new Central High School, officials now are talking with the Champaign Park District about another option.