Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Danville youth club signups open

DANVILLE — The Boys & Girls Club of Danville has launched its membership sign-up for the 2013-14 school year.

The school year session begins Aug. 26 and runs through May 30.

The membership fee is $75 per youth. Membership is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Park board considers consistent hours of operation

CHAMPAIGN — Park district board members this week will take a look at opening and closing times for Champaign's parks and see if they can come up with a consistent policy governing their hours of operation.

The park board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Bresnan Meeting Center, 706 Kenwood Rd., C.

Camp gives students hands-on experience in variety of scientific fields

URBANA — For the record, cardinals do not enjoy being snared in a net and held by humans.

Mama cardinal made that very clear Tuesday as she unwittingly took part in a field biology demonstration at the first-ever Prairie Research Institute science camp.

Environmental Almanac: Illinois nature preserves serve important purpose

In a column from June and others in the past, I've written about properties dedicated as Illinois Nature Preserves without much attention to what the designation "nature preserve" means. Today's column is intended to correct that and to call attention to the work of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Later pool opening, Carle effect will change Urbana parks budget

URBANA — Urbana parks officials are pleased with the first week of operation at the $8.1 million Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center.

Park board members were told Tuesday that attendance for the pool's first six days was 3,474, plus another 195 who attended regular programs at the pool, including swim lessons and water aerobics.

Fundraising nearly finished for Paxton dog park

PAXTON — How soon will dogs in the Paxton area have their own park? It could be sooner than one could bark if the Paxton Dog Park Committee's fundraising efforts for a proposed dog park at Coady Park are any indication.

Updated: Crystal Lake pool to open on July 4

URBANA — Delayed for more than a month, Urbana's $9.1 million Crystal Lake Park Aquatic Center finally will open Thursday.

The Urbana Park District received approval Wednesday morning from inspectors for the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the city of Urbana, permitting it to open the pool at 9:30 a.m.

Atwood-Hammond youth baseball gun raffle nets over $31,000

A youth baseball league in East Central Illinois will soon be deciding how to spend some of the money from a fundraiser that brought in more than $30,000.

The Atwood-Hammond Youth Baseball League held a raffle over the weekend for an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, which brought in $31,500.  The winner of the rifle is a man who lives in West Virginia.

Crystal Lake pool won't open, but event still on for Saturday

URBANA — Urbana's new outdoor aquatic center, scheduled to open early this month, won't be open to swimmers until Wednesday at the earliest.

Race to finish Crystal Lake Pool will be close

URBANA — Saturday's scheduled opening of Urbana's $9.1 million outdoor aquatic center is going down to the wire, the executive director of the Urbana Park District acknowledged Monday.