Parks and Recreation
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.
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.
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 — 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 — 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 — 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.