Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Liautauds pledge $1 million to new Champaign County Y

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.

Warm weather, renovations boost pool attendance

Unseasonably hot days this month have boosted pool attendance numbers in area cities.

Zorba's makes comeback at Taste

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.

Goal for 2011 Relay for Life: $300,000

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.

Ford Tri-Motor-Frasca Fly-In 2011

Drivin' the Dixie returning to Danville

DANVILLE — Drivin' the Dixie returns this summer.

Playing it Safe! Family Safety Fair 2011

The 15th annual Playing it Safe! Family Safety Fair, hosted by Cale and Safe Kids Champaign County, is held at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana, Ill on Saturday, June 4,  2011. 

Danville holds grand opening for revamped Carver Park

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."

History of Carver Park

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.

Park agencies get almost $1 million in grants

SPRINGFIELD — Nearly a million dollars in state grants has been awarded to three Champaign County park agencies for land acquisition and park improvement projects.