Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Park board plans to borrow money for capital improvement projects

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Park Board plans to borrow more than $1 million for capital improvement projects, including one already completed, one currently under construction and others that are not yet begun.

The board voted 4-0 Wednesday night to hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 on a proposal to issue $1.084 million in bonds.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, Sept. 10-16, 2014

Free family event

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Center Partnership and area businesses will host Midtown Sundaze, a free family event from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Boneyard Creek Second Street Basin.

First-timers, here's advice from a music fest veteran

With music festivals becoming more and more prevalent these days, many newcomers arrive on the scene at each one. With that in mind, we asked veteran festivalgoer Andrew Howie for the tips he would recommend to beginners.

By Andrew Howie/For The News-Gazette

Entertainment listings, Sept. 4-11, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

From tackling the NFL draft in 'Draft Day' to jamming at the roller rink with the Twin City Derby Girls, staff writer Tim Mitchell's recommendations for the week ahead:


Sewer work could hit park on campus

CHAMPAIGN — A portion of a park on the University of Illinois campus could be temporarily dug up for the construction of a force main for a planned upgrade of sanitary-sewer facilities in the area.

Board told of prairie burns

CHAMPAIGN — Don't be surprised if you find evidence of fire in grassy areas at two Champaign parks this fall — and two others next spring.

It's not an accident or arsonist's handiwork, but the result of a planned controlled prairie burn.

"We're promoting the good stuff and getting rid of the bad stuff," said park district horticulture Supervisor Randy Hauser.

Input on Allerton plan encouraged

MONTICELLO — With the Allerton Park and Retreat Center in the midst of drafting a master plan, state Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, chipped in with his own input at a meeting with Allerton and University of Illinois officials Wednesday at the park.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 28-Sept. 4, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Panel chosen to advise Rantoul park district

RANTOUL — There are a couple of bank officials, a village trustee, a retired insurance official, a retired corporate officer, a former teacher and at least one non-golfer.

They make up the citizens advisory committee named to study the future of Rantoul's Brookhill Golf Course and the Rantoul Park District.