Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Entertainment listings, Feb. 2-9, 2017

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$300,000 earmarked for park at Trails at Abbey Fields

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Park Board is setting aside money to develop a park near the Trails at Abbey Fields Subdivision.

As Wednesday's meeting, the park board recommended spending $300,000 from its reserves to develop a park north of the subdivision.

President Tim McMahon said the park district has three years to complete the project.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 26-Feb. 2, 2017

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WINTER WAR 44

What: For the 44th consecutive year, Champaign-Urbana's annual Gaming Convention will be from noon Jan. 27 to 6 p.m. Jan. 29. Play your favorite board, miniature, card or role-playing game.

When: Starting at noon Jan. 27, 9 a.m. Jan. 28 and 29.

Paralympian savors tribute from Champaign Park District

CHAMPAIGN — Paralympic champion Tatyana McFadden grinned as she joined local sports royalty on Wednesday night.

Olympian and former UI wrestling coach Mark Johnson inducted McFadden, 27, of Champaign as the latest athlete to be enshrined at the Champaign Park District's Tribute to Olympic and Paralympic Athletes.

UI Ice Arena hanging up skates for surface improvements

CHAMPAIGN — Illini hockey will play on, but open skating will be scratched this spring and summer at the University of Illinois' aging Ice Arena.

School officials said Tuesday that the installation of a new, about $1.6 million ice mat and refrigeration system will require the rink to be shut down from March 17 until the start of the fall semester.

Urbana seeking options for increased cycling

URBANA — Already a community recognized for its biking friendliness, Urbana recently approved a new plan to, in part, encourage more residents to ditch the steering wheel and get behind handlebars.

Urbana’s 2016 Bicycle Master Plan, authored by the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, is an update of a 2008 version.

Reason to march: 'There's too much at stake'

They came to Washington, D.C.

They came to Chicago.

And they came to Champaign, where thousands filled West Side Park, chanting "Love Trumps Hate" one day after Donald Trump's inauguration.

Organizers estimated that up to 5,000 people showed up. Perhaps 25 percent were men, and many were children.

Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: Opossums aren't as bad as they look

When I received negative responses to the mention of opossums in a recent column, I was reminded that a student in my environmental-writing class had done nice work on that topic last fall. I thought you might enjoy seeing what she wrote.

'The Most Misunderstood Marsupial,' by Joanna Pupa