Parks and Recreation
CHAMPAIGN — No one knows exactly how long Champaign-Urbana Days, a two-day festival in Douglass Park, has been going on.
The Champaign Park District has been trying to pinpoint the year of origin but has so far determined that it's been happening since the mid- to late '70s, said Douglass Park Manager Tiffany White.
"So we're into the 40th-something year," she said.
What: Livestock auction, barnyard tractor and truck pull, carnival bargain night, Aug. 11; motocross, Aug. 12; and pedal tractor pull, demolition derby, Aug. 13. Daily livestock shows. Nightly musical entertainment. Carnival, kiddie day, Aug. 13.
CHAMPAIGN — While it didn’t take a formal vote Wednesday night, the Champaign Park Board verbally agreed to “endorse the concept” of cooperating with the Champaign school district on improvements to Spalding Park if voters approve a facilities referendum this November.
CHAMPAIGN — Country music acts Jerrod Niemann and Parmalee will perform free concerts in Grange Grove before Illini football games this fall.
The Niemann concert will be at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10 before the Illini take on North Carolina, scheduled for a 6:30 kickoff.
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Park District board has agreed to allow Unit 4 to use land at Spalding Park for shared athletic space, but with a few pricey provisions.
Any changes to Spalding would have to "meet the park district's mission and future plans," park board President Tim McMahon wrote in a letter that Unit 4 board President Chris Kloeppel read aloud at this week's meeting.
URBANA — By unanimous vote, the Urbana school board gave district administrators the green light to hire seven elementary P.E. teachers.