Parks and Recreation
I realize that on Feb. 2, it is unreasonable to want spring to be here.
And yet, there's that whole groundhog thing, so today it's on my mind. Not that I care to trust meteorology to a rodent, but how many more weeks of winter are we looking at?
I have very little to complain about in my life, but I find that I like winter less with each passing year.
CHAMPAIGN — With the Champaign Park District declining to come to the rescue, the McKinley Aquatic Center will be closing its pools in late February.
But the sports center and leased spaces at this former YMCA facility at 500 W. Church St. will remain open, said building owner Leon Jeske.
The area's only deep water therapeutic pool will be closed next month after the Champaign Park District decided Wednesday night against leasing or buying McKinley Aquatic Center. But a deep warm water pool could still be included in plans for a new park district facility.
RANTOUL — The Rantoul Park District Board has appointed a three-member committee to sit down with village representatives to discuss the future of Brookhill Golf Course.
The committee includes board members Rich Thomas and Ron Luna and the district's attorney, Bill Scott.
DANVILLE — The decision by Phases of the Moon organizers to move their event to Arkansas has disappointed Vermilion County officials, volunteers and festival goers, but there's already hope that Kennekuk County Park could land a similar event in the future.
URBANA — The University of Illinois will close another one of its indoor pools later this year to make way for more research and teaching space.
Freer pool, inside the 1968 addition to Freer Hall, has been home to the University Laboratory High School girls' swim team, regular lap swimmers and novice swimmers who've signed up for one of the UI's learn-to-swim clinics.
URBANA — The race is on to see who can come up with the catchiest name for Urbana's Boneyard Creek Improvements Project.
"I was just talking it over with my wife," city council member Charlie Smyth said Sunday, "and we have come up with our own idea."
The city has opened up the naming competition to anyone, anywhere, who's 18 or older.
MAHOMET — If all goes according to plan, walkers and bicyclists will have a new way to navigate the north side of Mahomet — and new access to the western entrance to Lake of the Woods.