Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Another obstacle for Central HS at Dodds: memorial trees

The mother of a young Champaign man who passed away nearly a decade ago said she's strongly against a new Central High School being built at Dodds Park. She said a memorial tree is planted there in her son's honor along with several others, and she would like Dodds to remain a green space. Michael Kiser reports.

Not all on board with Loda pavilion proposal

LODA — Some village trustees are skeptical of moving forward with Trustee Roy Hilgendorf's proposal to build a new $125,000 pavilion at the village park.

Some think the existing pavilion can be repaired. Some also think the pavilion being proposed is simply too big for the park.

N-G Exclusive: Push for Dodds hits roadblock

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'Opportunity is there' for trail linking Monticello, Bement

BEMENT — Formal talk of a 7-mile recreational trail between Monticello and Bement began five years ago, and Monticello Director of Community Development Callie McFarland joked that it could be five more before it comes to fruition. But progress is being made, she told Bement Area Chamber of Commerce members recently.

Environmental Almanac: Park district balancing wildlife, human needs

One sure sign that winter won't last forever is the spectacle of geese high overhead, flying north. They're common, I know, but it still brightens my day when I walk out and hear them and have the opportunity to watch their loose V's form and reform. These high-flying geese migrate as their forebears have done for millennia.

Would that we could enjoy all geese from a distance.

Since you asked: More about Dodds Park

TODAY'S ONLINE QUESTION: In July, Unit 4 asked the Champaign Park District for 60 acres at Dodds Park. Now they're asking for 40 to build a new Central High School. What changed?

A few things, Superintendent Judy Wiegand tells us.

Champaign parks chief: much discussion, legal research ahead on Dodds Park

A full public discussion is scheduled for later this month on a proposal to build the new Champaign Central High School at Dodds Park east of Parkland College instead of at the current site on the city's far north side.

Champaign Park District board members on Wednesday night agreed unanimously to devote the board's study session on Feb. 25 to the issue.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 12-19, 2015

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Park board OKs public discussion on Dodds

Weigh in with Tom Kacich here

CHAMPAIGN — As promised, Champaign Park Board President Joe Petry asked board members at Wednesday night’s meeting to devote the entire Feb. 25 agenda to a public discussion about allowing a new Central High School to be built at Dodds Park.

DeLuce: Rules, park board have say on land swap

CHAMPAIGN — If the Champaign Park District decides to swap land with Unit 4, whatever property the park district gets in return would have to be of equal or greater value than the 40 acres of Dodds Park it would be giving up, the park district's Executive Director Joe DeLuce says.