Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Urbana city council tentatively decides to part ways with the CVB

     In an informal straw poll at Monday night's Urbana City Council committee meeting, council members voted not to restore a portion of the city's funding to the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

     Some council members maintained their stance that the CVB is not performing well enough to warrant funding.

UI named bicycle friendly university

     A national organization of bicyclists says the University of Illinois is one of the nation's leaders in creating a bicycle friendly environment.

Urbana park board OKs preliminary work on Carle Park pavilion

URBANA -- Park board members Tuesday night approved spending $18,890 for preliminary engineering and design work to repair and renovate the nearly 100-year-old pavilion at Carle Park in central Urbana.

The vote by the Urbana park board was unanimous.

Carle Park icon nears facelift time - again

URBANA — The oft-vandalized but iconic pavilion at Carle Park in Urbana — built for $10,000 in 1919 — is due for another rehabilitation.

Just the preliminary design and cost estimating portion of the project will cost about $19,000.

Sadorus considering improving ball fields

SADORUS — Village officials are considering improving the baseball fields at Sadorus Community Park to make them playable again.

Ben Rink of Tolono, a golf course superintendent with a construction background, gave the village board three options for improvements, ranging in price from $19,000 to $31,000.

Convention and Visitor's Bureau looking to prove its worth

    The President and CEO of the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau says the bureau is keeping track of events in the area and their economic impact on the county.

Grant is on way to help pay for Champaign rec center

CHAMPAIGN — The Leonhard Recreation Center's days may be numbered after Champaign Park District officials found out Friday that they will get a $2.5 million grant to build a new facility in Centennial Park.

Champaign Park District gets grant for new rec center

     The Champaign Park District has been awarded a $2.5 million grant that will go towards building a new recreation center.

Allerton Park set to get new bridge

     Allerton Park in Monticello will soon have a new bridge at its south entrance.

     On Friday, state and University of Illinois officials gathered for a "bridge breaking" ceremony at the park.

Prairie Adventures


Sandy Hughes' 3rd grade class from Westview Elementary school participates in the Prairie Adventures School Program at Buffalo Trace Prairie at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet  on Thursday, September 29, 2011.