Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Downtown Champaign streets closed Friday-Saturday for 2 events

CHAMPAIGN – The intersection of Neil, Church and Main streets in downtown Champaign is closed to traffic through 3 a.m. Sunday to accommodate a bags tournament and the CuervoGames this weekend, Champaign police Sgt. Scott Friedlein said.

Park board draws up proposal in PBL tiff

PAXTON – Paxton Park District board members said Monday that the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is "talking a big game" while negotiating a contract with the park district for the use of school gyms – but some park board members doubted the school district could turn that talk into action.

PBL board says sports programs will continue

PAXTON – Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members told park district officials Wednesday night that the school district "will not let the students of this community suffer" if the park district has to shut down its athletic programs because it cannot afford fees charged under a proposed intergovernmental agreement.

Villa Grove council warned again about playground

VILLA GROVE – The city council has received another warning from the Illinois Municipal League about unsafe playground equipment that needs to be improved or removed from Harrison Park on the northwest side of Villa Grove.

Plan for Eagle Creek renovation: Four paragraphs

SPRINGFIELD – A state-required plan for improvements to the long-shuttered Eagle Creek Resort on Lake Shelbyville is little more than a four-paragraph letter from the resort's new owner to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Park district seeking full-time director for Virginia

CHAMPAIGN – Park officials want to expand the offerings of the Virginia Theatre, and they are hoping a new director can do just that.

Paxton parks, schools remain at odds


PAXTON – Paxton Park District officials said they are prepared to shut down the district's fall athletic programs if an intergovernmental agreement cannot be reached soon with the local school district.

But they are hoping it does not come to that.

New Dobbins Downs Playground

Hundreds of community volunteers pour plenty of sweat into building the new Dobbins Downs Playground on Campbell Drive in Champaign, Ill on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. The playground was funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Dobbins Downs Community Improvement Association, KaBOOM! and volunteers within the community. 

Petitions available for Urbana park board seats

URBANA – Nominating petitions are now available for candidates interested in running for two seats on the Urbana park board.

One is a regular six-year term expiring in April 2017. The other is for four years, to complete the term of Crystal Womble, who resigned from the board earlier this year and was replaced by Meredith Blumthal.

River cleanup slated for Ellsworth Park

DANVILLE – The Danville Parks and Recreation Division, Pride Grows and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful are sponsoring a river cleanup from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Ellsworth Park, off East Main Street.