Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

2012 Boneyard Arts Festival

 The 2012 Boneyard Arts Festival opened  at the Boneyard Basin at 2nd and Springfield in Champaign on Thursday, April 19, 2012.The festival continues April 20 in Champaign, April 21 in Urbana and April 22 in surrounding communities.

Urbana to celebrate start of aquatic center

URBANA — It won't be open for more than a year, but Urbana park officials Thursday will celebrate the beginnings of the new Crystal Lake aquatic center.

They're inviting the public to a demolition-and-construction celebration at 12:30 p.m. at the site of both the old pool and the new aquatic center, just off of North Broadway Avenue.

Extravaganza features summer activities galore

URBANA — The school year is winding down, and that means it's time to find something for your kids to do this summer.

The annual Summer Enrichment Extravaganza, a community-wide youth programming resource fair, might be a place to start.

It's scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Urbana Middle School Cafetorium, 1201 S. Vine St., U.

Crystal Lake Pool demolition will begin soon

URBANA — Razing of the old Crystal Lake Pool in north Urbana should begin in the next two weeks, according to Vicki Mayes, executive director of the Urbana Park District.

Submit listings by April 13 for Summer Fun Guide

The News-Gazette will publish its annual Summer Fun Guide on May 13.

Much of the guide is devoted to a calendar of events occurring between May 13 and Sept. 30.

Third phase of UI's Ikenberry Commons redevelopment to begin soon

CHAMPAIGN — Planning for the third phase of the massive Ikenberry Commons redevelopment on the site of the old "Six Pack" residence halls could get under way soon.

'Community experience plan' has spot on Rantoul's to-do list

RANTOUL — Betty Brennan tells of a time when she was vacationing in Spain. She had some time to kill before meeting friends and asked residents of a town called Granollers what there was to do there.

They told her there wasn't much of anything to do there and recommended she make the 45-minute trip to Barcelona instead.

$1 million grant will have 1st phase of Kennekuk center open in 2013

DANVILLE — For some fifth-graders, knowing your only restroom option is a pit toilet can ruin your concentration during class.

Jeremy Parish knows this from teaching Outdoor School at Kennekuk County Park in Vermilion County.

Polar Plunge 2012

Scenes from the 2012 Polar Plunge at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet.

Polar Plunge 2012

The Law Enforcement Torch Run Mahomet Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.