Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Y starts offering programs for Larkin's Place long before groundbreaking for new facility

CHAMPAIGN – The groundbreaking may be months away, but the Champaign County YMCA isn't waiting to start programs for Larkin's Place, a recreation center where typically developing children and those with disabilities will be able to learn and play together.

Dans to honor armed forces with Red Shirt Fridays

DANVILLE – The Danville Dans of the Prospect League and Health Alliance will join to honor members of the armed forces through Red Shirt Fridays.

Residents urged to share Crystal Lake pool suggestions

URBANA – Public comments are being sought about possible features for a new aquatic facility at Crystal Lake Park.

Virginia Theatre will get new marquee

CHAMPAIGN — The historic Virginia Theatre will be getting a new marquee — or old marquee, depending on how you look at it.

The Champaign Park District board voted 3-2 Wednesday night to request designs for a fresh marquee resembling the 1921 rectangular sign original to the building.

Dogs will have their day on Saturday, Sunday afternoon in Danville

DANVILLE – Bekah Moss and her three dogs – Mojo, Mia and Murphy – had four rolling, grassy acres of Danville's new dog park all to themselves Wednesday afternoon.

But that won't be the case this weekend, when dogs, dog owners, vendors and more gather for the grand opening of the FETCH dog park at the city-owned Espenscheid Park off of Voorhees Street.

12th Cafe on the Lawn set to launch in Danville

DANVILLE – The Center for Children's Services GRADS and GED program students are setting up for the 12th annual Cafe on the Lawn.

Market on North First in Champaign to launch for season on Thursday

CHAMPAIGN – This summer's first Farmer's Market on Historic North First Street will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

And it will offer a lot more than fresh produce, says William Jones, owner of Rose & Taylor Barber Shop at 124 N. First St., C.

Champaign County board seeks information on possible Dobbins Downs land donation

URBANA – Champaign County Board members want the state's attorney's office to explore the possibility of an intergovernmental agreement or a land lease arrangement to help a community group that wants to build a small park in the unincorporated Dobbins Downs neighborhood north of Champaign.

Virginia marquee again on Champaign park board agenda

CHAMPAIGN – Park district board members will meet again this week to discuss the Virginia Theatre marquee.

The discussion, delayed two weeks ago when a board member was absent, is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bresnan Meeting Center, 706 Kenwood Road, C.

Dobbins Downs neighborhood asks county for vacant lot for playground

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County Board members are being asked to donate a small, vacant lot in the Dobbins Downs neighborhood to a volunteer group that hopes to build a playground there.