Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Video: 2010 Illinois Marathon preparations

A look at the final preparations the 2010 Illinois Marathon in Champaign-Urbana as volunteers prepare for Saturday's event.

Champaign park board to discuss Virginia Theatre marquee proposals

CHAMPAIGN – Even though Ebertfest has ended, the Virginia Theatre – the film festival's home – will remain a topic of discussion for a few more weeks.

Detour ahead through October for route to Middle Fork preserve

Bridge repair has closed the road leading to the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve from the south.

A bridge is closed for repairs about a mile and a half south of the entrance to the preserve on County Road 2700 E/Highway 22 in northeast Champaign County.

4-H seeking volunteers for project to 'adopt' military families

CHAMPAIGN – The local 4-H is looking for volunteers to a military initiative here.

April has been the "Month of the Military Child" since 1986, as a way to recognize the sacrifices made by the children of the nation's military personnel.

A neighborhood goes in search of a park

CHAMPAIGN – Beside Church of Christ-Northside in the Dobbins Downs neighborhood sits what would otherwise be an empty lot if it weren't for a few trees.

But residents of the northwest Champaign neighborhood see more – a jungle gym, slides and a swing set for the kids, and benches and picnic tables for the adults.

Volunteers sought to help get rid of training wheels

DANVILLE – The David S. Palmer Arena is gearing up to host Danville's fifth annual "Lose the Training Wheels" camp June 7 through 11.

The camp is an adaptive bicycle program that teaches students with varying disabilities how to ride two-wheel bicycles without the aid of training wheels.

Illini ATV World expanding services at new location

TILTON - Illini ATV World has moved into a former furniture store building on Georgetown Road, and the owners plan to expand their business into boats and boating supplies and repairs.

The Andersons plans to purchase O'Malley Grain

The Andersons has signed a letter of intent to purchase O'Malley Grain, which has facilities in Mansfield and Fairmont, Neb.

O'Malley president and chief executive officer Rob O'Malley said he was planning to retire but would stick around for a while to help with the transition.

The purchase price was not disclosed.

Last year's tax hike paying off now for Urbana Park District

URBANA – Thanks to a 15-cent increase in its property tax rate, the Urbana Park District will be able to do a few things that were badly needed and avoid some of the squeeze that some government agencies face because of the economic recession.

Work on Virginia to begin in June; marquee unresolved

CHAMPAIGN – The Virginia Theatre will close in June for about four months for renovations, but whether it will reopen with a new marquee has yet to be determined.

The Champaign Park District Board of Commissioners on Wednesday night delayed their decision on whether to replace the neon marquee with a replica of the original 1921 marquee.