Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

DNR: Roads closed at Kickapoo due to heavy rains

OAKWOOD — All roads in Kickapoo State Park were closed Saturday night due to heavy rains that soaked the area the past few days, the Department of Natural Resources said. 

DNR spokesman Chris Young said park staff were barricading roads to keep motorists from driving through high water.

Weekend planner: Party in the (upgraded) park

Kids and adults who play at Douglass Park will have their outdoor fun ramped up several notches. The Champaign Park District updated the park, adding a splash pad, a fitness trail, new playground and other features. The district will celebrate with a "Grand Re-opening" from 2 to 4 p.m. today — National Kids to Parks Day — at the park, 512 E.

Andersons gift helps rail-to-trail project on its way

MAHOMET — Organizers of the effort to build a 24.5-mile recreation trail from Urbana to Kickapoo State Park hope that a $50,000 donation from The Andersons Inc. will spur more contributions to the $12 million project.

Entertainment listings, May 14-21, 2015

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

Special events

This weekend

CLINTON MAYDAYS FESTIVAL

Entertainment listings, May 7-14, 2015

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

Special events

This weekend

THIRD ANNUAL MICRO NIGHT

Groups exploring innovation museum

CHAMPAIGN — Several groups are exploring the possibility of creating a local museum that would feature innovations developed in Champaign County.

Jayne DeLuce, president and CEO of Visit Champaign County, mentioned the concept at the visitors bureau's annual Toast of Tourism on Wednesday at Parkland College.

On the money: A local look at the cost of doing business

$311 million

What Champaign County expects to collect from property taxpayers when all the cash is counted. That's up from about $303 million a year ago, says county Treasurer DAN WELCH.

Entertainment listings, April 30-May 7, 2015

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

Special events

This weekend

SPIRITED FUN FOR THE RUN

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

In Urbana

— AsiaFest, a celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the University of Illinois, will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the UI Arboretum, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., U.

28 acres added to forest area on Salt Fork

HOMER — You've got a new natural area to visit, Champaign County.

A little more than two years after acquiring a nearly 7-acre virgin forest area along the Salt Fork of the Vermilion River, the Champaign County Forest Preserve District has added a much larger piece of property just to the north.