Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Survey says...Spalding Park upgrades up for public input

Some Champaign residents will be getting a survey in the mail starting Tuesday asking them several questions about the park district and what kind of facilities and programs that the city's parks need.

Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: Catch Illinois' woodland wildflower show

The beauty of a single Virginia bluebell would be enough to draw me out to Allerton Park this month. But I am all the more compelled to go when I think of bluebells in context of the extended wildflower show that takes place each spring in the woodlands of Illinois.

Entertainment listings, March 30-April 6, 2017



What: A good, old-fashioned egg hunt. Bring a basket. For ages 1-13.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8. Hunt starts at noon.

Where: Douglass Park, 512 E. Grove St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email or call 819-3973.


Officials to drive marathon route to check on potholes

CHAMPAIGN — Alicia Rauch has run marathons all over the country, including one in Detroit where part of the course ran through Canada.

But the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon holds a special place in her heart, perhaps because Rauch's husband, Ryan, proposed during the event's 5K race a few years ago.

"He knew how important the race was to me," Rauch said.

Weekend Planner: Delving into nature

Kenneth Robertson, a plant systematist/botanist emeritus at the Illinois National History Survey, has specialized in the classification and relationship of plants with a focus on natural areas in Illinois, especially prairies, for decades. From 2 to 3 p.m.

Vermilion County parks will see some improvements soon

DANVILLE — Visitors to Vermilion County parks this year can expect to see a flurry of improvements going on, from park roads and trails to parking lots, buildings, spillways and campground showers.

"These projects occur at all four parks, so it's not just one park getting the money," said Jonathan Myers, president of the Vermilion County Conservation District board.

Entertainment listings, March 16-23, 2017


Next week


Sheriff: Bones found in Middle Fork not from missing people

LUDLOW — DNA extracted from skeletal remains found nearly four years ago in a river in northeast Champaign County does not match any missing people, Sheriff Dan Walsh said Thursday.

Walsh said the human skull and tibia, which were discovered by a family canoeing in the Middle Fork River in early August 2013, likely were from the same person, as the DNA extracted from each is similar.

Entertainment listings, March 9-16, 2017


This weekend


Nick Offerman returning to UI for Japan House event

URBANA — Actor/humorist Nick Offerman will return to town to take part in "Whisky, Wood and Barbecue," a fundraiser from 4 to 6 p.m. April 1 for Japan House, founded by his mentor, Shozo Sato.