Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Updated: New Central High School site proposed

CHAMPAIGN — Three months after announcing that northern Champaign likely would be the site of a new Central High School, officials now are talking with the Champaign Park District about another option.

Entertainment listings, April 24-May1, 2014

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Reception for retiring Urbana parks director on Monday

URBANA — A public reception to recognize Vicki Mayes, retiring executive director of the Urbana Park District, will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., Urbana.

Mayes announced her retirement last September,  just months after she helped open the $9 million outdoor aquatics center at Crystal Lake Park.

Urbana track available to public

If you're looking for a place to walk or run, Urbana has a locale for you.

Six days before the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon passes through town, Urbana High School announced its track will be available to the public starting this week.

The track may be used by the public from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays.

Allerton documentary premieres this week

MONTICELLO — Ebertfest won't be the only place to see movies this week.

The Allerton Park and Retreat Center will premiere, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, the documentary "Land of Plenty: Robert Allerton and His Gift to Illinois."

Entertainment listings, April 17-24, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Monticello OKs measures for recreation funding

MONTICELLO — The council approved two measures aimed at providing funding for recreation facilities.

The first earmarks video gaming revenues toward a new parks and playground equipment fund.

2014 could see start of two trail projects in Champaign County

MAHOMET — Work could begin as soon as this year on two of the three multi-use trail projects in Champaign County that are getting more than $2.5 million in federal funds trough the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Improvements planned for Douglass Park

CHAMPAIGN — The park district asked kids who play at Douglass Park what they wanted in a future version of the park — and some of that wish list may be reality soon.

The Champaign Park District won a $300,000 grant from the state earlier this month to improve the park at Fifth and Grove streets, a project that could cost an estimated $600,000 and begin this summer.

Champaign County gets more than $2.6 million in trail, bike grants

CHICAGO — Champaign County is set to receive more than $2.6 million in grants for trails and bike paths, Governor Pat Quinn's office announced Saturday.

The Champaign County Forest Preserve District is the big winner, receiving $1.84 million for a multi-use trail in eastern Champaign County and $293,780 for a bicycle and pedestrian trail in Mahomet.