Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

The grill of their dreams: Students build giant cooker

DANVILLE – Thursday was the last day of class, and the students didn't quite finish their project, but teachers, an administrator and even the students are calling the project a success.

Urbana park staff, panel getting feet wet on pool options

URBANA – Members of the Urbana Park District staff and advisory board are touring area aquatic facilities to begin planning for replacement of Crystal Lake Pool in Urbana.

A group toured two facilities in Bloomington and one in Normal on Monday, with plans to visit three more in the Chicago suburbs today. Park district groups also went to Sholem and Spalding pools in Champaign, the Hap Parker pool and water park in Rantoul and four other facilities in the Chicago area earlier.

Volunteers doing computer, Web-use survey this week

Community volunteers this week will go door-to-door to gather opinions about use of computers and the Internet.

The survey will help the University of Illinois and the cities of Champaign and Urbana, which are cooperating in a project to get a federal grant for fiber-optic community networks and affordable, high-speed Internet services.

Monticello residents push for land for athletic fields

MONTICELLO – Discussions on the city's possible outdoor recreation land acquisition continued this week as the Monticello City Council heard opinions on the potential land deal from parents and residents.

Although no action was taken, the floor was opened up to several parents of youth athletes in the city, all asking the council to strongly consider purchasing the vacant land located near Apple Tree Subdivision on the city's west side. The tentative plan calls for football/soccer fields as well as several baseball/softball fields.

Musical groups to perform during bike race

CHAMPAIGN – Cyclists and cheerers-on will have a little race music to listen to during Saturday and Sunday's Tour de Champaign bike race.

Between noon and 4 p.m. Saturday, bands Full Throttle, The Unpossible and Vvvvv! will play on a stage near One Main Plaza in downtown Champaign.

Here's a reminder on Champaign fireworks traffic plan

CHAMPAIGN – Fireworks for the Champaign County Freedom Celebration will be on Saturday night at Dodds Park in northwest Champaign, next to Parkland College.

The event has been marred with traffic snarls in the past since moving to Parkland two years ago.

Parking, traffic restrictions for Freedom Celebration

Police are taking steps to prevent repeats of the traffic snarls in and around Parkland College and Dodds Park, where the Freedom Celebration fireworks will be on Saturday night.

C-U, area communities all preparing their holiday cheers

It is a Lincoln theme for many events this Fourth of July.

And what could be more apropos with this year's celebration of the 200th birthday of our 16th president?

Space still available at several Vermilion summer camps

WESTVILLE – The Vermilion County Conservation District still has room in some of its summer outdoor camps for children at Forest Glen Preserve.

The camps are designed for specific age groups, and registration and fee payment are required in advance.

Residents, dogs excited about unleashing at new park

CHAMPAIGN – Sally Feller was up early on a recent morning, arriving at the Champaign Park District's new dog park shortly after 7 a.m. with her dogs, Cassidy and Trooper.

Cassidy and Trooper's excitement at arriving at the park is evident, as they literally pull Feller inside the main gate to the fenced-in park. Once inside, she slips off their leashes.