Parks and Recreation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.