Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Prairie Farm lets visitors get up close and personal with animals

It doesn't seem to matter what kind of animal you're petting — the first place to go for is the ears.

Ella Hibbs, 3, is at Champaign Park District's Prairie Farm during petting hours, 3 to 5 p.m., and she is pretty determined to give some love to a goat's ear.

BMX racing: Riding high in Farmer City

Any warm Thursday or Saturday night in Farmer City means dirt and hills and bikes and fun.

Farmer City has had a BMX course for 27 years, one of the few in the area — though the Champaign Park District is considering one in the next few years.

Ryken Kirby, 9, of Mahomet has a tricked-out bike with maybe $3,000 worth of custom parts and the skills to make the most of it.

Debate over wildlife park proposal isn't done

SULLIVAN — Big, spitting camels people should never get too close to, zebras that could suffer from sunburn, no guarantee that a wild animal wouldn't escape, the potential for injuries and lawsuits — and those are just some of the concerns a retired zookeeper has about allowing a zoo and wild animal park to open on a piece of farmland near Arthur.

Vietnam memorial replica coming to Watseka

WATSEKA — The Wall that Heals — the traveling, half-size Vietnam memorial replica — is coming to Iroquois County.

The county made a large sacrifice to that war.

Gilman, with a present population of 1,700, lost three young men in Vietnam: Robert E. St. Peter, James P. Vadbunker and Frederick J. Youmans.

Danville residents flocking to see swans' new babies

DANVILLE — Bethany Bradfield's 3-year-old son, Caleb, had a "must" on their to-do list Thursday: Swing by Sunset Memorial Park to see the baby swans that hatched this week.

"I'm so excited," Caleb said as he pulled slices of bread from a loaf he and his mom picked up on their way to see the new additions.

A solid theory behind this rock

You take a drive through Crystal Lake Park, you never know what's going to happen.

A recent "Where Am I" provided a history lesson I didn't expect.

I posted 20 seconds or so of a drive that started at the Broadway entrance, following the road along the eastern edge of the park.

Urbana Alderman Bill Brown dropped me a line.

Entertainment listings, June 4-11, 2015

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Wellness trail construction scheduled

MONTICELLO — Construction on the Kirby Wellness Trail, a one-mile paved trail around the Kirby Medical Center campus, is set to start later this month, CEO Steve Tenhouse said.

The thrill of the hills

Those long summer days are perfect for spending hours at the places that are built just for your amusement — where you go for thrilling roller coasters, lovable mascots and people-watching — and maybe to get splashed a bit.

Entertainment listings, May 28-June 4, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are