Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Pulling plug on Turtle Run pool

DANVILLE — The Shanks family is not looking forward to any heat waves this summer, because they won't have access to their favorite hangout — the pool at Turtle Run Golf and Banquet Center.

"It just kills me, the idea of it not being open," said Jason Shanks, whose five kids have been regulars at the pool on Liberty Lane in Danville. "They spend their whole summers there."

Entertainment listings, March 26-April 2, 2015

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

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Entertainment listings, March 19-26, 2015

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

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Power of the pedal

Bicycle in any direction from Champaign-Urbana and you're in good bicycling country.

Perhaps not epic.

But good.

Park board candidates discuss land swapping

CHAMPAIGN — While all three Champaign Park Board candidates say they are not opposed to land swaps under the right conditions, two of them oppose revisiting swapping part of Dodds Park.

Incumbent Jane Solon-Wetmore and challengers Craig Hays and Brent West addressed the issue during a forum Wednesday night at the Champaign City Building.

Environmental Almanac: Another March Madness

One of the early season highlights of birding in central Illinois is the widespread return in March of a bird called the American woodcock. Indeed, for some birders, this phenomenon holds just as much interest as that other popular event this time of year — March Madness.

Weekend planner: One sweet tradition

Due to the weather, Forest Glen Preserve won't have much maple syrup to sell this year. But its popular Maple Syrup Open House and Pancake/Sausage Dinner will take place, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sugar Bush, where syrup is processed, and Gannett Outdoor Education Center, where dinner is served. Go early. "We serve 900.

If kids can build in it, they will come

SAVOY — What happens when you give kids space and materials to build their own adventures, and don't worry about how messy they get in the process?

They end up playing like kids really want to play, according to two local moms behind a movement to create an Adventure Playground space in Champaign County.

Rauner freeze jeopardizes local parks projects

SPRINGFIELD — Several local parks projects could be in jeopardy because of a spending freeze ordered by the Rauner administration.

Among the projects at risk: the first phase of construction in Champaign County on the 24.5-mile Urbana-to-Danville Kickapoo Rail Trail; improvements to the Virginia Theatre in Champaign; and planned upgrades at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana.

Urbana park candidates don't disagree much

URBANA — The three candidates for the Urbana park board didn't disagree on much in a forum Thursday night, including their dislike for the geese that have been fouling Crystal Lake Park.