Parks and Recreation
Due to the weather, Forest Glen Preserve won't have much maple syrup to sell this year. But its popular Maple Syrup Open House and Pancake/Sausage Dinner will take place, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sugar Bush, where syrup is processed, and Gannett Outdoor Education Center, where dinner is served. Go early. "We serve 900.
SAVOY — What happens when you give kids space and materials to build their own adventures, and don't worry about how messy they get in the process?
They end up playing like kids really want to play, according to two local moms behind a movement to create an Adventure Playground space in Champaign County.
SPRINGFIELD — Several local parks projects could be in jeopardy because of a spending freeze ordered by the Rauner administration.
Among the projects at risk: the first phase of construction in Champaign County on the 24.5-mile Urbana-to-Danville Kickapoo Rail Trail; improvements to the Virginia Theatre in Champaign; and planned upgrades at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana.
URBANA — The three candidates for the Urbana park board didn't disagree on much in a forum Thursday night, including their dislike for the geese that have been fouling Crystal Lake Park.
TODAY'S ONLINE QUESTION: Both the Champaign school and park boards seem confident they can get IDNR land-use restrictions lifted at Dodds Park, paving the way for a new Central HS to be built there. Is their confidence justified?
Even though the issue has moved to the backburner, the mayor of Champaign said the idea of bringing a minor league baseball team to town isn't dead. But he said the result of next month's election could play a big part in where the talks go.
CHAMPAIGN — Voters in the Champaign school district will soon know where the new, $94.5 million high school they'll be asked to pay for would be located.