Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Two men fixing Rantoul park's broken benches

RANTOUL – Bob Deiter and Berl Peavler are fixing up the benches in a park tucked away on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

Deiter, a 81-year-old Rantoul resident, and Peavler, an 86-year-old from Thomasboro, have been restoring benches in the dilapidated park for the past four months.

UI scientist offering leaflet on identifying ash borer

URBANA – After the recent infestation of the emerald ash borer in trees in Rantoul, University of Illinois entomologist Jim Appleby is offering a four-page color leaflet that can help homeowners identify the pest and the telltale D-shaped holes it leaves when it exits an infested tree.

The leaflet includes close-up photos that help people know what to look for.

Preserve finalizing Homer Lake playscape plans

HOMER – The playscape at Homer Lake Forest Preserve is one step closer to completion.

Pam Leiter, coordinator of environmental education with the Champaign County Forest Preserve, said the project is still in its planning stages, but the preserve has a conceptual plan and is working to finalize the details of the project.

Volunteers revamp Hazel Park with new playground, picnic sets

CHAMPAIGN – Hazel Park on Friday started as a flat stretch of dirt, but about seven hours and 300 volunteers later, it became a place to play for the 500 children in the surrounding neighborhood.

Model A Ford Club's re-creation of 1915 motorcade to stop in Danville

DANVILLE – Members of the A's R Us Model A Ford Club will retrace the path of a 1915 motorcade of vehicles from Chicago to Danville.

Hazel Park Rebuild 2010


KaBoom! and Kraft Foods and tons of volunteers rebuild Hazel Park  in Champaign, IL. Friday, October 8, 2010.

Downtown Champaign streets closed Friday-Saturday for 2 events

CHAMPAIGN – The intersection of Neil, Church and Main streets in downtown Champaign is closed to traffic through 3 a.m. Sunday to accommodate a bags tournament and the CuervoGames this weekend, Champaign police Sgt. Scott Friedlein said.

Park board draws up proposal in PBL tiff

PAXTON – Paxton Park District board members said Monday that the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is "talking a big game" while negotiating a contract with the park district for the use of school gyms – but some park board members doubted the school district could turn that talk into action.

PBL board says sports programs will continue

PAXTON – Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members told park district officials Wednesday night that the school district "will not let the students of this community suffer" if the park district has to shut down its athletic programs because it cannot afford fees charged under a proposed intergovernmental agreement.

Villa Grove council warned again about playground

VILLA GROVE – The city council has received another warning from the Illinois Municipal League about unsafe playground equipment that needs to be improved or removed from Harrison Park on the northwest side of Villa Grove.