Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Work on Virginia to begin in June; marquee unresolved

CHAMPAIGN – The Virginia Theatre will close in June for about four months for renovations, but whether it will reopen with a new marquee has yet to be determined.

The Champaign Park District Board of Commissioners on Wednesday night delayed their decision on whether to replace the neon marquee with a replica of the original 1921 marquee.

2010 Marathon: Downtown Urbana

Urbana mayor Laurel Prussing offers some insights into the history and sights runners will see in downtown Urbana.

YMCA partnership with Larkin's Place shaped decision to donate

CHAMPAIGN – Rick and Jeanene Stephens said the partnership between Larkin's Place and the Champaign County YMCA shaped their decision to give $5 million to the YMCA building project.

Exec, wife make $5 million donation toward new YMCA in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Horizon Hobby Chairman Rick Stephens and his wife Jeanene have made a $5 million gift toward construction of a new Champaign County YMCA in southwest Champaign.

With that "lead gift" in hand, the YMCA hopes to raise a total of $15 million to $20 million for the new facility, YMCA Chief Executive Officer Mark Johnson said Tuesday.

Fresh produce joins health official's fight against obesity, disease

CHAMPAIGN – The way Julie Pryde sees it, one of the best ways to reverse the obesity epidemic in America is to teach people how to grow their own fruits and vegetables and give them an opportunity to try it.

Park board meeting features discussion about Virginia marquee

CHAMPAIGN – As the neon marquee is suspended from the facade of the Virginia Theatre, more information about its fate could be revealed Wednesday night.

The Champaign park board will discuss the plans for the Virginia Theatre during its meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Bresnan Meeting Center, 706 Kenwood Road, C.

How do you open a new dog park? Bring 11th generation of one of the world's most famous canines

DANVILLE - "Yo Rinty!"

That's the call you may hear this Saturday when a descendant of the "most famous German Shepherd," Rin Tin Tin, visits the new Fetch Dog Park in Danville.

Bowling club brings generations of Westville women together

WESTVILLE – Every Tuesday morning, the bowling center in the American Legion hall is filled with the sounds of two dozen women who come to bowl and socialize.

The Tuesday Morning Ladies' Bowling Club, which has existed for at least two decades, boasts 20 members from as far away as Paris, Hume and Indiana, three sets of mothers and daughters, one set of a grandmother, mother and granddaughter, and two women who are 90 years old.

Applicants sought for vacant park board post

URBANA – Due to the resignation of board member Crystal Womble, the Urbana Park District board is seeking applicants to serve an interim term.

Womble was elected, along with Deborah Rugg, in the 2009 election. Both were unopposed. Womble's term expires in 2011. Her resignation was accepted at a special meeting of the board March 20.

Summer races for children in Danville come to an end after 17 years

DANVILLE – After 17 consecutive years, the Kennekuk Road Runners will retire its annual Summer Kids' Runs program.

"It isn't a matter of money," said Scott Hendren, president of the running club. "We always shouldered the expense with support from the community. It was the incredible amount of time involved in making it happen."