Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Weekend Planner: Lookin' for eggs? Go west

All week long, energetic bunnies have been laying plastic eggs near downtown Champaign. One of the best places for the eggs, filled with chocolates and slips of papers for toys and stuff, is at West Side Park, where the Champaign Park District sponsors the Eggstravaganza event at 11 a.m. today. Special-events manager ZOE STINSON said it's for kids ages 10 and under.

Kickapoo Rail Trail work blazing along

Questions for Tom? Ask them here

FULLS SIDING — In less than three months, the first segment of the 24.5-mile Kickapoo Rail Trail — from St. Joseph to Urbana — will be open to the public.

Entertainment listings, April 13-20, 2017



What: Bring your basket and flashlight and join Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS to hunt for eggs filled with prizes. For ages 18 and older. Be on the lookout for the bronze, silver and gold eggs for a chance to win prize packages.

When: Register on-site, 7:15 to 8 p.m.; egg pursuit, 8:10 p.m. April 14.

Champaign school board begins talks with 7 firms for referendum work

CHAMPAIGN — Unit 4 is entering into negotiations with seven familiar firms that will complete the work on all of the projects funded through the $183.4 million referendum — except the athletic fields at Spalding Park.

Top of the Morning, April 11, 2017

Tracy Crane was the logical pick to quarterback our revamped outdoors coverage. She's heavy into backpacking and mountain biking, and in early May, she will try her hand at turkey hunting.

"I've been told there's a good chance I won't be successful my first time out," said Crane, equipped with a bow, arrow and license for her May 4 debut near Bismarck.

The scoop on Ebertfest

You might not know that the 19th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, or any other of the Ebertfests, wouldn't have happened without Cyberfest.

Cyberfest was a University of Illinois technology and arts festival 20 years ago that celebrated the birthday in Urbana of the fictional artificial intelligence character HAL 9000 in the movie and book "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Top of the Morning, April 8, 2017

If the kids performing at this weekend's "Journey to the Land of Oz" are antsy about taking the Virginia Theatre stage, their director has a story to calm the most frayed of nerves.

Gina Wojnar once was in their shoes as a participant in Champaign Park District's annual Dance Arts School production (7 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Sunday).

Entertainment listings, April 6-13, 2017



What: A good, old-fashioned egg hunt. Bring a basket. For ages 1-13.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8. Hunt starts at noon.

Where: Douglass Park, 512 E. Grove St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email or call 819-3973.


Survey says...Spalding Park upgrades up for public input

Some Champaign residents will be getting a survey in the mail starting Tuesday asking them several questions about the park district and what kind of facilities and programs that the city's parks need.