Parks and Recreation
By CODY WESTERLUND/Paxton Record
PAXTON – The future of the swimming pool at Coady Park is up in the air because the Paxton Park District does not have the money to fund the revamping of the pool's drain – a renovation required under a revision to a state law.
URBANA – The 13-degree temperature outside made it an odd night for discussing construction of a swimming pool but the Urbana park board did so Tuesday night, asking voters to approve a property tax increase to pay for a pool at Crystal Lake Park.
DANVILLE – Harrison Park Golf Course needs to have strong sales on season passes for next year to ensure that the course has a balanced fiscal year, which ends Dec. 31, according to city officials.
CHAMPAIGN – Trading the run-down houses and broken sidewalks of years ago for waterfalls, an amphitheater and a "promenade," city officials will open the Boneyard Creek Second Street basin to the public on Dec. 17.
TOLONO – One of southern Champaign County's most popular events may go from being a two-day festival with a beer tent to a one-day dry festival.
The Tolono Village Board has officially taken over responsibility for the Tolono Fun Day festival, which is scheduled to be held on June 25, 2011. Since it started in 1976, a volunteer committee has managed the festival.
URBANA – Park board members indicated Tuesday that they will ask for a tax rate increase of around 11 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to pay for a $7.725 million outdoor aquatic center at Crystal Lake Park.
A final vote on the proposed pool project likely will come at next Tuesday's regular park board meeting.
PAXTON – The Paxton Park District is requesting less taxes be paid from property owners next summer, primarily because the district was required to reduce its tax levy for its Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund account.
URBANA – A decades-long holiday tradition in east Urbana continues this year.
The lighting of Candlestick Lane takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.
WDWS Radio personality Jim Turpin will be this year's marshal.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Park District wants parade watchers to know about several changes in the 10th annual Holiday Parade of Lights, scheduled for 6 p.m. today.
CHAMPAIGN – As they work toward a final blueprint, members of the park district board on Monday saw a designer's version of the new marquee to ornament the Virginia Theatre next year.