Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

'World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade' set for second jaunt in Urbana

URBANA — It's not too late to get in shape for Saturday's St. Patrick's Day celebration — the official kind.

Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin took to the elliptical machine to prepare for her role as grand marshal of the second annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade, which steps off at 5 p.m.

It starts on Main Street and extends one entire block, from Broadway to Race.

Champaign park board to vote on deal for lights at Dodds soccer field

CHAMPAIGN — Soccer matches could be played under the lights at Dodds Park by the end of April.

On Wednesday night, the Champaign Park Board is expected to vote on an agreement with Illinois Futbol Club that will pave the way for lights to be put up at one of the soccer fields at the park.

Letter from Birdland | A cause worth supporting

In Birdland, the winter is turning the corner to spring. I see it in the slight greening of the grass and the bulbs coming up, little nubbins of bright green emerging from the soil.

I love these seasonal cycles, and I notice that in teaching, my work follows similar cyclical patterns.

Environmental Almanac | Thriving coyotes are getting a bad rap

NOTE: In the environmental writing class I teach at the University of Illinois, I emphasize that to connect with people, it's important to anticipate some of their responses to a topic. In this commentary on coyotes ("Your Neighbor the Coyote"), undergraduate April Wendling shows how that's done.

By APRIL WENDLING

Top of the Morning, March 10, 2018

It won't draw the crowd the eclipse did in August, but next week's closing of Snake Road will lead to increased traffic in and around Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.

"If it's nice out, you'll see a line of cars parked at the gates at each end of the road," said Shawnee wildlife biologist PAUL WIDOWSKI, who likened it to Woodstock "for snake nuts."

Work begun on short extension of Kickapoo Rail Trail in St. Joseph

ST. JOSEPH — Work is underway on a short extension of the Kickapoo Rail Trail in St. Joseph that should be completed this year.

A third-of-a-mile asphalt addition to the trail, from Main Street to Seventh Street, will be built this summer, said Mary Ellen Wuellner, executive director of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District.

Downtown developer: 'Nice to have some encouragement'

CHAMPAIGN — The developer of the downtown site that could someday be the home ice of a Division I college hockey team had a feeling his proposed location would get the nod over one pitched for south Champaign.

You may have noticed the big "I" flag flying Thursday at the spot south of the downtown MTD terminal, said the developer responsible for it, Hans Grotelueschen.

Champaign Surplus moving down Neil, becoming Champaign Outdoors

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Surplus is moving down the road a bit and changing its name.

Champaign Outdoors, as it will be known, plans to move next to Ace Hardware in the Carriage Center development on South Neil Street near the end of May and will drop its surplus products.

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Environmental Almanac | It's not too early to view amphibian show

It may be too early in the year to contemplate April showers bringing May flowers. But in much of Illinois, heavy rains in late February and early March trigger an astonishing and ancient natural phenomenon — the annual congregation of amphibians in the waters where they breed.