Parks and Recreation
CHAMPAIGN — With a $2.5 million state grant in hand, park officials now have a conceptual design for a facility that will replace the worn-out Leonhard Recreation Center and are continuing to move toward a late-fall groundbreaking.
PAXTON — The park district's recreation director said he expects to be able to open the public swimming pool at Coady Park on the first or second weekend of June, assuming a variety of necessary preparations can be completed in the next couple of weeks.
URBANA — Vandals have caused more than $1,500 in damage at two Urbana parks this spring, and the park district is appealing to those using the parks to report suspicious activity.
MONTICELLO — Spots are still available for kids to attend a three-day, two-night 4-H Mini-Camp session at 4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello.
The camp is scheduled for July 1-3, and is tailored for youths ages 8 through 12.
URBANA — Future Urbana outdoor pool users are invited to vote for one of two ideas for themes for the outdoor aquatic center that is scheduled to open in a little more than a year at Crystal Lake Park.
CLINTON — The Clinton Lake Sailing Association will have its annual sailboat show and open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, offering free sailboat rides for visitors.
SPRINGFIELD — Build a walking trail or a bicycle path. Add community garden space.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has $4.8 million in federal money available for local governments, school districts, health departments and community organizations willing to tackle obesity and improve health.
The money is available in nearly every county in the state.
DANVILLE — Boating on the Middle Fork River in Vermilion County has been banned until further notice.
Officials with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources officials put the ban in place around 11 a.m. Tuesday after determining that current conditions are "significantly" dangerous for boaters.
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.