Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Swimming pools open for 2012 season

A roundup of openings and information for area swimming pools: (If we've missed one, please add it in the comments)

Champaign's Sholem Pool

2205 Sangamon Drive

Opens: 11 a.m. Saturday


— Weekdays: 12:30 to 7 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. in July)

— Weekends: 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. in July)


Champaign moves forward on replacing Leonhard Center

CHAMPAIGN — With a $2.5 million state grant in hand, park officials now have a conceptual design for a facility that will replace the worn-out Leonhard Recreation Center and are continuing to move toward a late-fall groundbreaking.

Paxton pool expected to open in June


PAXTON — The park district's recreation director said he expects to be able to open the public swimming pool at Coady Park on the first or second weekend of June, assuming a variety of necessary preparations can be completed in the next couple of weeks.

Urbana parks hit by vandals

URBANA — Vandals have caused more than $1,500 in damage at two Urbana parks this spring, and the park district is appealing to those using the parks to report suspicious activity.

4-H Mini-Camp scheduled for July 1-3

MONTICELLO — Spots are still available for kids to attend a three-day, two-night 4-H Mini-Camp session at 4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello.

The camp is scheduled for July 1-3, and is tailored for youths ages 8 through 12.

Treehouse or forest? Help pick a pool theme for Crystal Lake

URBANA — Future Urbana outdoor pool users are invited to vote for one of two ideas for themes for the outdoor aquatic center that is scheduled to open in a little more than a year at Crystal Lake Park.

Sailboat show set for Clinton Lake group

CLINTON — The Clinton Lake Sailing Association will have its annual sailboat show and open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, offering free sailboat rides for visitors.

State funding projects that boost health

SPRINGFIELD — Build a walking trail or a bicycle path. Add community garden space.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has $4.8 million in federal money available for local governments, school districts, health departments and community organizations willing to tackle obesity and improve health.

The money is available in nearly every county in the state.

Boating banned from Potomac to Kickapoo on Middle Fork

DANVILLE — Boating on the Middle Fork River in Vermilion County has been banned until further notice.

Officials with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources officials put the ban in place around 11 a.m. Tuesday after determining that current conditions are "significantly" dangerous for boaters.

2012 Boneyard Arts Festival

 The 2012 Boneyard Arts Festival opened  at the Boneyard Basin at 2nd and Springfield in Champaign on Thursday, April 19, 2012.The festival continues April 20 in Champaign, April 21 in Urbana and April 22 in surrounding communities.