Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Weekend planner, Dec. 27, 2014

If you feel like moving around — and who doesn't after holiday indulgences? — or like getting a jump start on your New Year's resolutions, head to the University of Illinois Ice Arena. With students and faculty gone, it's easier to find a parking place on campus over winter break. And the Ice Arena is open over the intersession, including Sundays.

Flat-top tree in Sidney has yuletide backstory

SIDNEY — A flat-top pine tree on the west edge of Sidney has a unique history of which many people may not be aware.

The tree, which is located near the village's welcome sign and across the highway from Casey's General Store, is probably around 125 years old, according to 80-year-old Champaign resident Stan Rankin.

3 running for 2 seats on both Urbana, Champaign park boards

Three candidates have stepped forward to run for two seats on the Urbana park board.

Deborah Rugg is not running for another term on the board, but fellow incumbent Meredith Blumthal is.

Blumthal will be joined by Steven Mullen, a former member of the park board, and Lashaunda Cunningham. Cunningham is chairwoman of the Urbana Park District Citizen Advisory Committee.

Area history, Dec. 22, 2014

In 1914, in spite of the zero-degree weather the previous night, many loyal citizens attended the opening of the municipal Christmas celebration in downtown Champaign, which included the lighting of the Christmas tree. That evening, Champaign schoolchildren would meet at the Central School at 7 p.m.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 18, 2014-Jan. 1, 2015

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Three file petitions for Champaign park board

CHAMPAIGN — Three candidates have already filed for two seats on the Champaign Park District board.

Incumbent Jane Solon-Wetmore and challengers Craig Hays and Brent West filed nominating petitions on Monday.

The top two vote getters will serve six years terms on the park board.

Solon-Wetmore has served on the park board since 2005.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 11-18, 2014

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Champaign Park Board considers options for Spalding Park

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Park District officials have begun the process of developing a new multimillion-dollar recreation center to complement the existing offerings at Spalding Park.

On Wednesday night, Mark Ritz and Caleb Walder of BLDD Architects presented the park board with two options for a proposed recreation center.

Community effort continues to keep McKinley pools open

A group of people who use the pools at the McKinley Aquatics Center in Champaign for exercise will present petitions Wednesday night to the Champaign Park District Board in an effort to keep the pools open.