Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Boneyard cleanup canceled

Due to safety issues with high creek levels, the Boneyard Community Cleanup event is canceled this year.

There will not be a rain date scheduled.

The event was to have been held Saturday morning in Champaign's Scott Park.

Bond sale next month to pay for Urbana pool

URBANA -- A week after voters approved construction of a new aquatic center in Crystal Lake Park, the Urbana park board has scheduled a bond sale to finance the project.

Marathon extends registration for most events

Procrastinators, you've got a few extra days to enter one of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races.

Race officials have extended the deadline for registration from Friday to midnight on Monday.

UI has resource fair for busy parents

URBANA -- Keeping the kids busy during the summer is an annual challenge, but a resource fair organized by a University of Illinois initiative has plenty of ideas for busy parents.

The annual Summer Enrichment Extravaganza is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Urbana Middle School, 1201 S. Vine St.

Danville hopes for golf solution this year

DANVILLE -- City officials hope to find a long-term solution to the operation of Harrison Park Golf Course this year.

In the meantime, city workers will be filling in, after the new golf course operator terminated his agreement with the city.

Urbana OKs incentives for soccer complex

URBANA -- City officials hope a new indoor soccer facility will fill a market need in the area by bringing players to Urbana not sending them away.

Marathon still needs volunteers, but most jobs covered

The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon still needs a few dozen course volunteers, but most of those jobs are now covered.

As of Friday afternoon, the race still needed 11 people to work at specific intersections along the course, and 25 more volunteers to be placed into course jobs as necessary on race day, said Mary Anderson, the volunteer coordinator for the race.

State official playing tourist with a purpose

CHAMPAIGN -- For two days this week, the deputy director of the Illinois Office of Tourism gets to be a tourist.

On Thursday, Jan Kostner experienced the sights and sounds of Urbana, including Prairie Fruits Farm, the University of Illinois Pollinatarium, the Spurlock Museum and Krannert Art Museum.

Urbana officials surprised by level of pool support

URBANA -- There aren't many communities that would support an 11-cent property tax increase to pay for a swimming pool, particularly during a recession and only a few months after state legislators OK'd a 67 percent increase in the Illinois income tax.

And there are a lot fewer that would support it to the tune of 62 percent of the vote.

Planning to start for new Crystal Lake pool

URBANA -- Park district voters have approved an 11-cent increase in their property tax rate to pay for a $7.725 million outdoor aquatic center at Crystal Lake Park.

And the park board next Tuesday night will begin developing the formal design of the pool, park board President Michael Walker said.