Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Urbana park board takes step to speed financing if voters approve pool

URBANA-- Urbana park board members Tuesday night provisionally approved issuing $7 million in general obligation bonds to finance construction of a new aquatic center at Crystal Lake Park.

Strong Kids Campaign aims to raise $125,000

CHAMPAIGN – A family of five living on a graduate student's income doesn't have a lot of money for extras, like tumbling class and basketball.

So Tina Stone is grateful for the help she received from the Champaign County YMCA, which provides scholarships for families on a tight budget.

Urbana board to weigh bond sales for pool project

URBANA – The Urbana Park District hopes to get a jump on building its family aquatic center even before voters decide whether to approve a property tax increase to pay for it.

Tonight, the park board will consider initiating the process to sell up to $7 million in bonds to pay for the outdoor pool project at Crystal Lake Park.

Early American Museum to get updated identity

MAHOMET – Get ready for a new identity for the Early American Museum.

The museum, located at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve near Mahomet since 1968, is changing its name to Museum of the Grand Prairie.

Future bleak for Paxton swimming pool


PAXTON – The Paxton Park District is "caught between a rock and a hard place" in regards to the future of its swimming pool at Coady Park, said the park board's president, Eric Evans.

Chanute museum sees 'small rise' in bank account

RANTOUL – The sky appears to be a little sunnier over Chanute Air Museum.

Nancy Kobel, president of the air museum board, said the museum's debt has been reduced from about $13,000 last fall to about $4,000.

Danville arena introduces bumper cars

DANVILLE – Anyone bouncing off the walls from too much winter can bounce for real at the David S. Palmer Arena beginning Friday.

Artistic Scott Park 'inhabitants' apparently discarded

CHAMPAIGN – For more than 30 years, one family spent their days and nights enjoying Scott Park through hot summers and unbearable cold, but they have not been back since the park was torn up two years ago for a renovation.

St. Joseph seeks part-time recreation direction


ST. JOSEPH – If money weren't an object, Tami Fruhling-Voges said, she would like to see the village develop a walking program for senior citizens, a music and craft program for children and an outdoor movie night at one of the local parks.

But, unfortunately, Fruhling-Voges said, money is an object.

10-k walk planned to start the year in St. Joseph

ST. JOSEPH – For the 15th year, members of the Ridgewalkers Walking Club will hold a New Year's Day guided walk, this one in St. Joseph.