Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Candidates sought to fill open Paxton parks seat

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District board is seeking candidates to replace board member Jeremy Putnam.

Putnam resigned at the Jan. 10 board meeting because he's moving from Paxton.

Board President Eric Evans said Putnam was a "very good asset to the park district" and "helped out a lot," specifically with the district's finances.

Museum expansion 'bringing us up to this century'

MAHOMET — If you've driven past the Museum of the Grand Prairie on Illinois 47 recently, you might have noticed construction crews at work.

Design plan for Paxton pool work due next month

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District has been assured by a Champaign engineering firm that a design plan will be completed by mid-February that should offer a fix for the public swimming pool's noncompliant drain.

Spalding pool closed, future unknown

The Champaign Park District has decided to close the city's oldest public pool.

The park board voted to close Spalding Pool at a meeting Wednesday night.  The pool, at 910 N. Harris Ave., across from Franklin Middle School, has been plagued by leaks and other structural problems for several years.

Plans for Crystal Lake pool to be on display Tuesday

URBANA — Members of the public can view plans for a new $6.1 million Crystal Lake Park aquatic center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

But it's beyond the time to suggest changes to the project's plan; they've already been approved by the Urbana park board.

Noon Day New Years

The Noon Day New Year's celebration at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in Champaign on Saturday, Dec. 31 , 2011. Over 500 balloons were dropped from the ceiling of the theater after a countdown to the strike of noon. 

Treecycle program to help forest preserve district

MAHOMET — After picking out your perfect Christmas tree and bringing it home, you probably carefully decorated it with shiny ornaments from days gone by, new ornaments you bought at a local store and items the children made in their art class.

After you've received several weeks of enjoyment from the evergreen, you probably don't want to just send it to the curb.

Urbana's first bike giveaway a success

URBANA — Organizers of the city of Urbana's first ever giveaway of abandoned bicycles are declaring it a spirited success.

"People were so patient when they were waiting in line. You just saw community — people talking and getting along. I wish we could see that every day," said Chelsea Angelo, the animal control and abandoned bicycle officer for Urbana.

Danville council OKs talks to acquire land for bike path

DANVILLE — Aldermen gave city officials the authority Tuesday night to begin negotiating with property owners to buy more than 40 pieces of property in preparation for the Lincoln Park bike path.

Voter-approved tax hike kicks in for Urbana parks

URBANA -- Urbana Park Board members approved without comment a $5.95 million property tax levy Tuesday night.