Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Delays bedevil Crystal Lake pool project

URBANA — Nothing is coming easy for the Urbana Park District as it prepares to build a new Crystal Lake Park aquatic center.

Park district officials already are being tormented by delays in the approval of the swimming pool plans by the Illinois Department of Public Health and of the announcement of a hoped-for $400,000 grant to pay for a streambed feature at the pool.

Lake Vermilion homeowners back return of fueling station

DANVILLE — As boating picks up on Lake Vermilion this spring, plans are in motion to again make gasoline available at the Vermilion County Conservation District's boat dock on the west side of the lake.

Swimming pools open for 2012 season

A roundup of openings and information for area swimming pools: (If we've missed one, please add it in the comments)

Champaign's Sholem Pool

2205 Sangamon Drive

Opens: 11 a.m. Saturday


— Weekdays: 12:30 to 7 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. in July)

— Weekends: 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. in July)


Champaign moves forward on replacing Leonhard Center

CHAMPAIGN — With a $2.5 million state grant in hand, park officials now have a conceptual design for a facility that will replace the worn-out Leonhard Recreation Center and are continuing to move toward a late-fall groundbreaking.

Paxton pool expected to open in June


PAXTON — The park district's recreation director said he expects to be able to open the public swimming pool at Coady Park on the first or second weekend of June, assuming a variety of necessary preparations can be completed in the next couple of weeks.

Urbana parks hit by vandals

URBANA — Vandals have caused more than $1,500 in damage at two Urbana parks this spring, and the park district is appealing to those using the parks to report suspicious activity.

4-H Mini-Camp scheduled for July 1-3

MONTICELLO — Spots are still available for kids to attend a three-day, two-night 4-H Mini-Camp session at 4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello.

The camp is scheduled for July 1-3, and is tailored for youths ages 8 through 12.

Treehouse or forest? Help pick a pool theme for Crystal Lake

URBANA — Future Urbana outdoor pool users are invited to vote for one of two ideas for themes for the outdoor aquatic center that is scheduled to open in a little more than a year at Crystal Lake Park.

Sailboat show set for Clinton Lake group

CLINTON — The Clinton Lake Sailing Association will have its annual sailboat show and open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, offering free sailboat rides for visitors.

State funding projects that boost health

SPRINGFIELD — Build a walking trail or a bicycle path. Add community garden space.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has $4.8 million in federal money available for local governments, school districts, health departments and community organizations willing to tackle obesity and improve health.

The money is available in nearly every county in the state.