Parks and Recreation
TILTON – The Tilton Historical Society has changed its hours of operation for the winter months.
The archives room and museum will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays at its new building just west of the old Tilton Grade School, 201 W. 5th St.
URBANA – Carle Park began Sunday with a large crater at its center.
By late afternoon, the crater was filled with wood chips and playground equipment, and a dozen boys and girls were playing on a teeter totter, swings, a slide and other attractions.
PAXTON – When the Paxton Park District closed the skate park at Coady Park a month ago, Tom DePasquale reacted like a rebel without a cause – until he realized he had a cause worth working for with others.
At first, the 17-year-old PBL High School senior jumped the fence of the locked facility. He broke city ordinance by skating on downtown Paxton streets, sidewalks and parking lots.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Ski Club is accepting applications for its new "Anyone Can Ski" program for people with disabilities.
The club is raising funds to send a skier and a guardian or companion on a ski trip to the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. The center helps people with many types of disabilities learn to ski and enjoy mountain fun.
DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Museum and the Danville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau will dedicate two additional Looking for Lincoln Wayside Exhibits on Monday.
The museum's site will have its ceremony at its buildings at 116 N. Gilbert St. and the dedication for the exhibit to eventually be placed at the city hall parking lot will follow at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St.
HOMER – Officials involved in the proposed 24.5-mile Kickapoo bike trail between Urbana and Danville are increasingly optimistic they can acquire the necessary right of way by the end of this year.
URBANA – Crystal Lake may be reopened Thursday or Friday after a fuel spill a week ago leaked into the lake.
The lake has been closed to boating and fishing since construction equipment at Carle Foundation Hospital's parking garage leaked diesel fuel last week, according to Derek Liebert, project manager for the Urbana Park District.
MAHOMET – A $197,000 fully accessible fishing pier will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Champaign County Forest Preserve District's newest park, the River Bend Forest Preserve south of Mahomet.
The aluminum "possibility pier," which was designed for disabled fishers but is open to the able-bodied as well, was built with $82,167 in grant funds from the Kellogg Foundation and the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, with the remainder coming from forest preserve district. The project at River Bend is one of three area fishing pier projects for the disabled that have been funded by the partnership. One pier at Urbana's Crystal Lake Park is already open, and plans for another, at Kaufman Lake in Champaign, are being developed.
DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Museum Society has announced the winners of a drawing held for the "Celebrating Lincoln Summer Reading Program."
The reading program was held in 10 libraries and involved reading books about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War or Illinois history. Participants who read 12 to 24 books and returned their cards to the museum were placed in a drawing for prizes.
SAVOY – A few weeks ago, Robby and Shelly Cekander announced their mission to build a baseball diamond at Prairie Fields Park in Savoy.
Their goal is to raise $50,000 through private donations from individuals and businesses over the course of the next year. They're hoping to see about $7,000 to $8,000 of that in the near future so they can get the basics of the field completed this fall. Cekander said it would take about four to five days to complete that portion.