Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Drivin' the Dixie returning to Danville

DANVILLE — Drivin' the Dixie returns this summer.

Playing it Safe! Family Safety Fair 2011

The 15th annual Playing it Safe! Family Safety Fair, hosted by Cale and Safe Kids Champaign County, is held at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana, Ill on Saturday, June 4,  2011. 

Danville holds grand opening for revamped Carver Park

DANVILLE — Bryan Calloway lives near Carver Park in Danville and has noticed a lot more people — not just kids — using the newly-transformed park this spring.

"They're having fun and actually enjoying the facility," Calloway said. "It's better than what the old park was. They did a nice job."

History of Carver Park

Here's an outline of the history of Carver:

1939- Colored Women's Civic Group asks city for new recreation area near Stony Creek on north side of Williams Street. Construction begins and it's called #7 Park.

1940 - Committee chooses Carver Park name.

Park agencies get almost $1 million in grants

SPRINGFIELD — Nearly a million dollars in state grants has been awarded to three Champaign County park agencies for land acquisition and park improvement projects.

Westville considers security cameras at park

WESTVILLE — Village officials said Tuesday they were exploring the idea of adding security cameras to Zamberletti Park as a way to combat the chronic vandalism there.

Urbana considers transforming Boneyard into amenity

URBANA — The Boneyard Creek in downtown Urbana is nearly invisible — guarded by a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire and surrounded by vegetation, the only evidence of occasional human presence is a few instances of graffiti on the sheets of aluminum that line its banks.

Tour de Champaign to close some streets this weekend

CHAMPAIGN — Some of Champaign's streets will be closed to all vehicles except the two-wheeled kind this weekend.

The Tour de Champaign bicycle race is scheduled for Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday.

2011 Touch-A-Truck Day

Preschool-age children enjoy trucks of all shapes and sizes at the Champaign Park District's annual Touch-A-Truck Day at Centennial Park in Champaign, Ill on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.