Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

A solid theory behind this rock

You take a drive through Crystal Lake Park, you never know what's going to happen.

A recent "Where Am I" provided a history lesson I didn't expect.

I posted 20 seconds or so of a drive that started at the Broadway entrance, following the road along the eastern edge of the park.

Urbana Alderman Bill Brown dropped me a line.

Entertainment listings, June 4-11, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Wellness trail construction scheduled

MONTICELLO — Construction on the Kirby Wellness Trail, a one-mile paved trail around the Kirby Medical Center campus, is set to start later this month, CEO Steve Tenhouse said.

The thrill of the hills

Those long summer days are perfect for spending hours at the places that are built just for your amusement — where you go for thrilling roller coasters, lovable mascots and people-watching — and maybe to get splashed a bit.

Entertainment listings, May 28-June 4, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Park district names flower bed after late UI professor

CHAMPAIGN — A flower bed in a central Champaign park will be named after a professor whose efforts contributed to the preservation of the park.

The Champaign Park Board voted 5-0 Wednesday night to name the flower bed at Harris Park the Vincent Bellafiore Garden.

Library to dedicate Hegeler Stage on Saturday

DANVILLE — Local performers will break in a new community stage downtown when the Danville Public Library dedicates its new venue.

Free time is volunteer time for honoree

Doesn't matter if it's a Foreigner show or a "Frozen" sing-a-long. If the Virginia Theatre is hosting it, Carol Cope is ushering it.

The 59-year-old Seymour woman, who "works" up to 200 events a year at the downtown landmark, was an obvious choice for the Champaign Park District's 2015 Volunteer of the Year award.

Gordyville to reopen after horse sickness

A local auction and event facility is opening again after horses that performed there earlier this month tested positive for a contagious virus.

How the state regulates pools

Before you dipped your toe in that swimming pool — Crystal Lake or Garfield Park or Sholem or, heck, Freer Gym or Lincolnshire Fields or La Quinta — the state took a look.

And you can see a brief indicator of the results, by checking an online database of swimming-pool licenses in Illinois that's updated daily.