Parks and Recreation

Field of dreams: Baseball the way it was meant to be

Picture this: Summer day, 70 degrees and sunny, a group of boys playing baseball on a homemade field, radio blaring in the background.

No uniforms, cleats or coaches in sight. Just a bunch of kids making up rules and running basepaths outlined in spray paint, with a plywood backstop.


Group raising money to replace Gibson City pool

GIBSON CITY — How does a community pay for a new $4 million swimming pool without putting another burden on taxpayers?

Carey Davis has an answer: Seek donations.


Entertainment listings, July 25-Aug. 1

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

Special events

This weekend


'World has changed' for public pools

CHAMPAIGN — Think of it as an arms — and legs — race.

Champaign opened the Sholem Aquatic Center in 2006 with a lazy river, dump buckets and all sorts of features not found at a traditional swimming pool.


Park board considers consistent hours of operation

CHAMPAIGN — Park district board members this week will take a look at opening and closing times for Champaign's parks and see if they can come up with a consistent policy governing their hours of operation.

The park board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Bresnan Meeting Center, 706 Kenwood Rd., C.


Danville youth club signups open

DANVILLE — The Boys & Girls Club of Danville has launched its membership sign-up for the 2013-14 school year.

The school year session begins Aug. 26 and runs through May 30.

The membership fee is $75 per youth. Membership is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Camp gives students hands-on experience in variety of scientific fields

URBANA — For the record, cardinals do not enjoy being snared in a net and held by humans.

Mama cardinal made that very clear Tuesday as she unwittingly took part in a field biology demonstration at the first-ever Prairie Research Institute science camp.


Environmental Almanac: Illinois nature preserves serve important purpose

In a column from June and others in the past, I've written about properties dedicated as Illinois Nature Preserves without much attention to what the designation "nature preserve" means. Today's column is intended to correct that and to call attention to the work of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.


Later pool opening, Carle effect will change Urbana parks budget

URBANA — Urbana parks officials are pleased with the first week of operation at the $8.1 million Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center.

Park board members were told Tuesday that attendance for the pool's first six days was 3,474, plus another 195 who attended regular programs at the pool, including swim lessons and water aerobics.


Fundraising nearly finished for Paxton dog park

PAXTON — How soon will dogs in the Paxton area have their own park? It could be sooner than one could bark if the Paxton Dog Park Committee's fundraising efforts for a proposed dog park at Coady Park are any indication.


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