Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Monticello officials get look at pool bathhouse designs

MONTICELLO – City officials got a peek at the early architectural designs for the new pool bathhouse that is expected to be open next summer.

According to the plans, which are still under development, the new 5,700-square-foot bathhouse will feature concrete and epoxy floors, and a concession stand.

Farmer City officials get updated on projects

FARMER CITY – Several projects are nearing completion or have been successfully resolved, Farmer City council members learned from City Manager Trent Smith.

Smith reported city electrical power plant workers had power restored to 90 percent of affected residents within 1.5 hours Saturday afternoon following a fire at the Weedman substation. Smith said the likely cause of the fire was a bird's nest.

Thomasboro residents voice concerns over drainage issues

THOMASBORO – Several Thomasboro residents were on hand at the Monday night village board meeting to express their concerns regarding village drainage issues.

Resident Darlene Schideman mentioned flooding in a subdivision south of town.

Champaign City Council to vote on bicycle parking requirement

CHAMPAIGN – A proposal that would require bicycle parking for new buildings is headed to the city council.

A proposed zoning-text amendment requiring bicycle parking in Champaign won the unanimous endorsement of the plan commission last week. The council will consider the requirement on Oct. 21.

Former Homeland Security deputy secretary to speak at UI

Former Adm. James M. Loy, senior counselor at Washington, D.C.- based The Cohen Group and former Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, will address the University of Illinois College of Law on Thursday.

Loy will present the annual Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture on the Role of Government and the Law at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Max L. Rowe Auditorium at the University of Illinois College of Law, 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave., C.

Store plans fundraiser to support Kickapoo State Park

DANVILLE – Employees' interest in saving a local state park is behind a fundraiser set for Wednesday at a local department store.

Elder-Beerman will host Kickapoo Day from noon to 9 p.m. to benefit Kickapoo State Park, with "celebrities" on hand to help at the store in the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St.

Military families get YMCA membership deal

CHAMPAIGN – To help with the stress of deployment, families of National Guard soldiers and reservists will get free memberships at the Champaign County YMCA.

The center is part of the new Armed Services YMCA and Department of Defense Outreach Initiative, which pays all the costs.

Despite Senate action, money for parks still uncertain

DANVILLE – Despite the state Legislature's move to restore funding to Kickapoo State Park and other parks on Tuesday, a local running club is keeping plans to host its January race in nearby Kennekuk Cove County Park.

"We can't risk will the park be open or not. So the impact of the actions of the last two months, even though the closing hasn't taken place, has already had great effect on us," said Kevin Stroud, a board member of the Kennekuk Road Runners.

Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club plans bags tourney as new fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN – After becoming director of development for the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club in May, Michael Byrd was asked to come up with a new fundraising event to replace the popular Champaign-Urbana Great Duck Race.

He was told to find something that would appeal to a cross-section of the community and people of all ages, something in which everyone could participate.

New exhibit, tenuous future for Lincoln historic site

BEMENT – An estimated 200 people turned out Friday afternoon to enjoy a picnic luncheon and attend the dedication of a new Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibit at the Bryant Cottage Historic Site.