Parks and Recreation
CHAMPAIGN — Jimmy John Liautaud and his wife Leslie have pledged $1 million toward construction of the new Champaign County YMCA and Larkin's Place at the Y.
That pledge from the founder of the Jimmy John's restaurant chain brings the total amount raised to more than $13.5 million.
Unseasonably hot days this month have boosted pool attendance numbers in area cities.
CHAMPAIGN — If you've had a hankering for a gyro from Zorba's, this is your weekend.
Zorba's owner Matt Mortenson and his crew are back cooking the Greek specialty sandwiches along with pita and hummus and baklava at the Taste of Champaign-Urbana in West Side Park through Sunday.
CHAMPAIGN — Relay for Life Champaign County has a $300,000 fund-raising goal this year. says co-chair Michelle Grindley.
And there's less than a week left to get there.
Relay for Life Champaign County is set for June 18 at Centennial High School, 913 S. Crescent Drive, C.
DANVILLE — Bryan Calloway lives near Carver Park in Danville and has noticed a lot more people — not just kids — using the newly-transformed park this spring.
"They're having fun and actually enjoying the facility," Calloway said. "It's better than what the old park was. They did a nice job."
Here's an outline of the history of Carver:
1939- Colored Women's Civic Group asks city for new recreation area near Stony Creek on north side of Williams Street. Construction begins and it's called #7 Park.
1940 - Committee chooses Carver Park name.
SPRINGFIELD — Nearly a million dollars in state grants has been awarded to three Champaign County park agencies for land acquisition and park improvement projects.