Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Fundraisers planned to help with rail-trail costs

MAHOMET — Three fundraisers are planned this summer and fall to help cover part of the funding gap for construction of phase one of the Kickapoo Rail Trail.

Tom's #Mailbag, June 24, 2016

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Lots of transportation-related questions in the 'bag this week, along with some local history.

Tolono set for a good time

An extra $1,000 worth of fireworks will light up the sky in Tolono on Saturday night, wrapping up the annual Fun Day Festival.

Entertainment listings, June 23-30, 2016

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

What's next for Crystal Lake Park? Open house will show you

URBANA — Next week, the public will get its first chance to learn about more than $1 million of planned improvements at Urbana's Crystal Lake Park.

The Urbana Park District is hosting an open-house styled event between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. June 30 to unveil its plans to rehabilitate the lake that gives the park its name.

Go figure, June 22, 2016

A numerical look at local headlines


What it will run the Champaign Park District to bring in rapper turned minister Kurtis Blow to co-headline August's Taste of Champaign-Urbana with alternative rockers Vertical Horizon ($15,000).

As far as the eye can see

WESTVILLE — Whenever Anthony LaGrand jogs at Forest Glen Preserve, he makes the observation tower part of his workout.

The Georgetown resident runs quickly up and down the 100 steps of the tower. And sometimes he doesn't even use the stairs as he descends — he instead swings over the sides and climbs down the girders.

In the rough

On a steamy, sun-kissed Thursday afternoon at Willow Pond Golf Course in Rantoul, the parking lot is full and carts are backed up at the first tee.

Inside the clubhouse, owner Kevin Applebee kicks back with friends as regulars stroll in and out, enjoying a cold one after wrapping up their round.

Area update: Piatt, DeWitt counties may share tax assessor position

MONTICELLO — Piatt County may share an assessor with neighboring DeWitt County if the latter's board approves the action at Thursday's meeting.

Paula Bates, Piatt's supervisor of assessments, resigned her position in March to become the assessor for Champaign County.

Area update: Heritage won't replace administrator

BROADLANDS — The Heritage school district is cutting back administrators — from three to two.

With high school Principal Ryan Peyton leaving for Farmer City's Schneider Elementary, the district has decided not to hire for the position. Instead, Superintendent Tom Davis will pull double duty.