Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Crystal Lake Park to host Roots Walk

URBANA — The Urbana Park District will present its first Roots Walk in Crystal Lake Park on Friday.

Similar to the Jazz Walk each fall in Meadowbrook Park, the Roots Walk will have people strolling by acoustic musicians in various settings, playing a variety of roots music.

Entertainment listings, May 8-15, 2014

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Wheatfield Park to be renamed for Bruce Larson

URBANA — Wheatfield Park in southeast Urbana is being renamed to honor Bruce Larson, the longest-serving board member in the Urbana Park District's 107-year history.

Top of the Morning, May 4, 2014

Today at the corner of High Cross Road and U.S. 150 in Urbana, the Champaign County Design and Conservation Foundation will mark its 50th anniversary by planting five trees — one for each decade — at the western trailhead of the Kickapoo Trail.

Of the thousands of trees planted with the help of the CCDC, these rank up there.

More no-smoking zones?

CHAMPAIGN — There's nothing like a little fun and fresh air at your local park, but maybe the air isn't always as fresh as you think.

State official hoping resort to reopen in 2016

SPRINGFIELD — The director of the state agency that oversees the operation of the long-closed Eagle Creek Resort at Lake Shelbyville said Thursday that he hopes the facility can reopen in 2016.

Entertainment listings, May 1-8, 2014

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Tom Kacich: C-U's minor flirtation with pro baseball

100 years ago, team won its league but couldn't manage to win over enough wallets

Champaign-Urbana's brief history as the home of minor league baseball ended 100 years go this summer when its entry in the oddly named Illinois-Missouri League folded, followed soon by the entire league.

Lamon House to open on Sundays

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Museum Society will start opening the historic Lamon House in Lincoln Park on Sundays starting with this Sunday .

Grand opening set for Leonhard rec center

CHAMPAIGN — Pat Warmbier is one of the lucky ones — she had the walking track at the new Leonhard Recreation Center all to herself last week.

"It's so much bigger and open," she said of the new facility.

Officials are putting the finishing touches on the new, $5.4 million recreation center as they prepare for its official grand opening Saturday.