Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Savoy officials want bike path plans to move forward

SAVOY – Village board members gave their input Wednesday on the draft of the 2009-10 fiscal year budget, urging village staff to make room for the development of a master bike path plan and to take out additional administrative positions, such as a village planner.

Trustee William Smith said the development of bike paths connecting all of the subdivisions had been on the budget in previous years, which is in line with Savoy's goal to bring connectivity to the village, but it did not make its way into the upcoming fiscal year budget.

AmerenIP defends cleanup plans for Fifth and Hill site

CHAMPAIGN – A neighborhood group is blasting as "outrageous" a state-approved cleanup plan for the Fifth and Hill street site of a former manufactured-gas plant, saying AmerenIP should be required to remove contaminated groundwater from the site.

The cleanup plan also shows that a major portion of the site, and a small area off-site, are releasing vapors with contaminants in excess of proposed state indoor standards, according to Claudia Lennhoff, a leader with the Fifth & Hill Neighborhood Rights Campaign.

Plans for new Chanute Air Museum facility in motion

RANTOUL – The Chanute Air Museum has begun making plans to build a new facility.

Museum Board President Bill Geibel said Tuesday that the board has hired a Champaign engineering firm to complete an architectural study for the first phase of a proposed new building.

New Vet med curriculum plan includes animals from get-go

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is proposing to change the way its students learn how to care for animals.

Starting with day one.

C-U pool options shrink as some close, some reduce hours

The options for swimming this summer will be reduced in Champaign and Urbana.

Windsor Swim Club in Urbana is closing, and Indian Acres Swim Club in Champaign will cut back on the time it is open. Both are affected by the economy.

Irish-born musician, songwriter to perform at Urbana gallery

Irish-born Gerry O'Beirne, a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Heartland Gallery, 112 W. Main St., U. The doors will open at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and senior citizens. The concert is part of the Piper's Hut Concert Series, which strives to bring the best in traditional music from Ireland and the Celtic regions. For more information or for online sales, go to

Lack of money forces Allerton Park to cut programs

MONTICELLO – Citing tight finances, Allerton Park has placed several programs on hiatus, including day camps and music concerts.

Summer day camps for children will not be offered, but the 4-H Memorial Camp programs will continue.

The Music in Nature Concerts, which were held outdoors in the park during the summer, will not be held this year. However, the University of Illinois School of Music's Allerton Music Barn Festival in early September is still on.

Urbana's Carle Park getting extensive tree maintenance

URBANA – In the year of its 100th anniversary, Carle Park's towering forest of 274 trees is getting some much-needed attention.

After a careful inventory and assessment of Carle Park's trees, Urbana Park District officials determined this year that 24 of the trees are either dead or diseased and will need to come down. Another 56 trees need to be pruned to ensure their continued health.

Your Family Resource Connection in Danville getting face-lift

DANVILLE – There's plenty of activity at Your Family Resource Connection these days.

The smell of fresh paint and wax and the sound of a sander will give way to the chipping and replacement of mortar when good weather arrives.

YFRC houses the domestic violence services and residential program as well as the homeless residential program on its second and third floors.

Kayaker plans trip to raise money for Parkinson's research

CHAMPAIGN – Joe Forrester has an interesting and exhausting summer planned.

He's going to kayak the Missouri and Mississippi rivers – a distance of 3,900 miles – in an effort to raise $20,000 for the National Parkinson's Foundation.

Forrester, 24, is about to begin his fourth year of medical school at the University of Virginia. He's undertaking the trip this June as a tribute to his grandfather, Joseph Forrester, who is afflicted with Parkinson's disease.