Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Bridge to Allerton reopened after years of closure

RURAL MONTICELLO — The reopening of the main entrance at Allerton Park and Retreat Center will make it easier for nature lovers to access the 1,600-acre park just south of Monticello.

Park district cancels 'Maltese Falcon'

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Park District has canceled its showing of "The Maltese Falcon" that was scheduled for Sunday evening at Hessel Park.

"Due to weather, tonight's concert at Hessel Park and the screening of 'The Maltese Falcon' have been canceled," the park district says on its website. "There is no rain date."

'The Maltese Falcon' canceled

Editor's note: This movie and the concert scheduled with it have been CANCELED.

By RICHARD LESKOSKY

Beaches, boat ramps remain open at Lake Shelbyville

SHELBYVILLE — While the water levels at Lake Shelbyville are below a normal summer level, beaches and boat ramps at the lake remain open.

The lake level was 598.31 feet above sea level on Friday, which is 1.39 feet below normal, according to Doug Vogel, interpretive services and outreach ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Virginia renovation revealing details lost in time

CHAMPAIGN — The Virginia Theatre has never looked bigger, with its seats removed and light flooding in on the enormous hall from doors opened by workers.

Pretty spry for a 90-year-old.

Work has just begun on restoring the theater to its glamour of yore, with comfortable seats, repaired plaster works and a new paint scheme that fits with the feel of the space.

Sam Banks focusing on rebuilding connections with community

CHAMPAIGN — In his first weeks of leading the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, Sam Banks is thinking a lot about rebuilding connections.

This Champaign agency serving local kids needs a strong link to the local community and "we've lost some of that," he says.

Urbana board approves Crystal Lake pool contract

URBANA — About four years after Crystal Lake Pool was closed over safety concerns, the Urbana park board voted unanimously Tuesday to award a $6.52 million contract for construction of an aquatic center at the same site in north Urbana.

Staff: Leave some items out of Crystal Lake plans for now

URBANA — A climbing wall and three other items will be left out of construction plans — for now — for the new $8.8 million Urbana aquatic center, under a staff recommendation going to the Urbana park board Tuesday (Aug.7).

But the items could be reinstated later, depending on new funding, park district Executive Director Vicki Mayes said Monday.

Crystal Lake Pool bids above estimates

URBANA — Members of the Urbana park board will have a special meeting Aug. 7 to award construction contracts for the new Crystal Lake aquatic center still scheduled to open next spring.

Main pool at Sholem closed till Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — The main pool at the Sholem Aquatic Center in Champaign will remain closed until Saturday morning while park district employees treat the water following "an incident of severe diarrhea" that happened Thursday.

"It happened about 8 p.m. Thursday," said park district spokesman Laura Auteberry.