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