Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Tour de Champaign to close some streets this weekend

CHAMPAIGN — Some of Champaign's streets will be closed to all vehicles except the two-wheeled kind this weekend.

The Tour de Champaign bicycle race is scheduled for Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday.

2011 Touch-A-Truck Day

Preschool-age children enjoy trucks of all shapes and sizes at the Champaign Park District's annual Touch-A-Truck Day at Centennial Park in Champaign, Ill on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. 

Volunteers sought for Lake Vermilion cleanup

DANVILLE — Local water company Aqua Illinois is recruiting volunteers for its annual Lake Vermilion cleanup next week.

Urbana parks officials pleased with bond rate for aquatic center

URBANA — Park district officials say they're pleased with the interest rate they got last week on $7 million in bonds sold to finance construction of an aquatic center at Crystal Lake Park.

The bonds were sold to Raymond James & Associates Inc. at a rate of 4.4132 percent for a 25-year term, according to Vicki Mayes, executive director of the park district.

Homer ballpark plan moves ahead


HOMER — Plans are shaping up to build a new youth league ballpark in Homer, at no cost to the village.

Mutt Strut raises $22,000

CHAMPAIGN — A major fundraiser for the Champaign County Humane Society set a record Saturday, despite weather that threatened to call it off.

The Mutt Strut, held at Hessel Park in Champaign, raised $22,000 for the humane society. That's an increase of more than 20 percent over last year, according to a release from Megan Wolf of the society.

Illinois Marathon: Woman enjoys run down memory lane

Three photo galleries: 2011 Illinois Marathon, 2011 5K and Youth Run. Plus marathon video.

URBANA — Melissa Filbey Pillari was in a running clothes store in November when she overheard a guy talking about a flat course in Illinois that runners could use to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

"Being nosy, I asked where," said Pillari, 61, of Bay Village, Ohio, near Cleveland.

When the Urbana native looked up the Illinois Marathon online and discovered the route went past the home where she grew up, she began training in earnest.

Tips for getting around the marathon

Here are some tips for getting around during Saturday's Illinois Marathon races, plus other information you'll need to know:

No parking: If you live along the race route, you'll need to move any vehicles from the street. Some areas will be posted as subject to towing if vehicles are parked on the street on race day.