Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Top of the Morning, July 20, 2014

I'm not much into running.

But after hearing what the clever kids at Cissna Park High School are giving the fastest finishers at the upcoming Old Settlers Run 5K, I'm thinking of trading in the hightops for a pair of cross-trainers.

Forget about medals, ribbons and trophies. The winners get something much better, unless you're into counting calories:

Homemade pies.

School district wants Dodds land for Central

The Champaign school district has formally requested the use of 60 acres at Dodds Park for a future Central High School site.

Which way would you vote? Tell Tom Kacich about it here

Entertainment listings, July 17-24, 2014

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Allerton concert a bolt of blues

The University of Illinois Credit Union Concert Series at Allerton Park offers Allerton's Blues and Roots with one band and two concert styles.

The concert series describes it as two concerts for the price of one, each concert similar but with enough differences that you will walk away feeling like you were educated on the roots and where blues came from.

Former Eagle Creek lessee sues state

DECATUR — The onetime lessee of the Eagle Creek Resort at Lake Shelbyville has filed a three-count lawsuit against the state of Illinois, and is seeking $100,000.

The rules of the Illinois Court of Claims — where the three-count suit was filed by Michael Ballinger of Decatur, president of BMDD Resorts — cap most claims against the state at $100,000.

Search for new Central: A renewed push for Dodds

CHAMPAIGN — When Champaign Park District Board President Joe Petry proposed this spring that the school district consider Spalding Park for the new Central High School, he made one thing clear:

Dodds Park was not on the table.

But the issue has not gone away, and in some respects it appears to have gained momentum.

Entertainment listings, July 10-17, 2014

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New park district logo to debut in 2015

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Park District is getting a new logo, but it will be another year before you see it on park signs, garments, vehicles, electronic communications and brochures.

After taking a look at seven options, the Champaign Park Board reached a consensus on a logo it calls "The Dancing Tree" at its meeting on Wednesday night.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area, July 9, 2014

URBANA — A free outdoor screening of the movie "Breaking Away" will take place at dusk Friday in the Busey Bank parking lot in downtown Urbana — after the announcement around 8 p.m. of a new bike-sharing program called Big Yellow Ride.

Middle Fork boating ban lifted

RURAL OAKWOOD — A boating ban on the Middle Fork River has been lifted in time for the Fourth of July weekend.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources lifted the ban Thursday afternoon after a conservation police officer reported the river level near Oakwood was 3.58 feet with a discharge of 1,300 cubic feet per second.