Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

2013 Naughtin Open at Lake of the Woods

Lake of the Woods Golf Course hosted the first round of the 2013 Naughtin Open on Saturday June 8, 2013.

Contract for new Leonhard facility approved

Work on 2-story, 39,000-square-foot center set to begin in a few weeks

CHAMPAIGN — Construction of a new Leonhard Recreation Center should be underway in a matter of weeks after the park board on Wednesday night approved a $5.3 million contract to move forward with the project.

Caves exhibit recreates paintings — and a sense of life in era

There's something you've never seen before at the Field Museum, even though it's been around 17,000 years or so.

"Field Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux," a display that runs through early September at the Chicago museum, takes you back to the days when a flint-headed spear was state-of-the-art for running down deer.

Crystal Lake pool opening held up - by water

URBANA — It's just not right that the opening of the new public swimming pool in Urbana is being delayed because it's been too wet.

But that's the dilemma faced by the Urbana Park District as it again pushes back the opening of its Crystal Lake Park aquatic center, originally planned for early June, then June 15 and now June 20 or later.

Gibson city considering options to fight vandalism

GIBSON CITY — Council members are considering a variety of options to deter restroom vandalism at city parks.

There have been three incidents already this spring at the North Park. The most recent — damage to a heater unit — was found during a tour at this week's parks and buildings committee meeting.

Work planned on pavilions in Catlin

CATLIN — Village board members discussed the pavilions in both village parks this week and are planning to do work on both of them.

The pavilion in Catlin Park will receive halogen lights that will automatically activate at night, and some deteriorating wooden support posts on the pavilion in Butler Branch Park located north of the village library will be repaired or replaced.

What's going on? June 5, 2013

Here's a look ahead at scheduled events for Wednesday, June 5, 2013, from calendars in The News-Gazette's e3 magazine.

Friday Night Live starts this weekend in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — The Friday Night LIVE Street-Side Performance Series in downtown Champaign will kick off Friday and continue through Aug. 16.

The series, which began last summer, features live street-side performances of all kinds of music, dance and magic, as well as activities for children.

Events for second half of June 2013

A roundup of events from June 16-30, 2013, provided by the venues for our Summer Fun Guide.

Events for first half of June 2013

A roundup of events from June 1-15, 2013, provided by the venues for our Summer Fun Guide.