Parks and Recreation

Rantoul considers Heritage Lake as new campground spot

RANTOUL – Rantoul's village-owned campgrounds could soon be moving to a more scenic, lakeside location.

Village Administrator David Johnston told the Rantoul Village Board on Wednesday that Recreation Department Superintendent Rich Thomas is working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on getting money to move the Prairie Pines Campground from its current location adjacent to the Rantoul airport to a new site along Heritage Lake.


Catlin mayor to sit in on meeting about park improvements

CATLIN – Mayor Clay Woodard said Tuesday that he plans to attend the next meeting of the park committee, and that he sees improvements to the village park in the near future.

Earlier this fall, Catlin Village Board members asked for the formation of an advisory park committee to study the park and to make recommendations to the board about improvements.


Vermilion County Museum open for the holidays

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Museum will open the doors to its Gilbert Street complex buildings to celebrate the holidays on Saturday.

The museum and the Fithian Home, where Abraham Lincoln is known to have spent the night and gave a speech from its balcony, will be open to the public for the free "Holiday at the Museum" event. The celebration combines holiday decorations; choral, dance, magical and historical entertainment; a wagon ride; photos with Santa; and light refreshments from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.


Mahomet recreation using Web for feedback on coaches

MAHOMET – Mahomet's Parks and Recreation Department is using an Internet survey to record feedback – good and bad – about volunteer coaches.

Director Dan Waldinger said the department started offering the online forms on its Web site earlier this year in an effort to pinpoint its best and worst coaches.


Parade of Lights canceled; tree lighting rescheduled

CHAMPAIGN – The seventh annual Parade of Lights, which was to have been held in downtown Champaign on Saturday evening, was canceled by the ice and wet weather early Saturday afternoon.

The tree lighting ceremony, which was scheduled to begin at One Main Plaza at approximately 6:45 p.m., will be rescheduled.


Urbana park board critical of limiting rise in tax rate

URBANA – A suggestion that the Urbana Park District should slightly limit, for a year or two, the impact of a proposed 25-cent increase in the park district's property tax rate got a chilly reception Friday.

At a park board study session, board President Michael Walker suggested that, if city voters approve the proposed tax rate increase in the Feb. 5 primary, the board might want to juggle its tax levy to reduce the overall tax rate increase by 3.5 cents for the first year and possibly by a smaller amount the second year, before implementing the full 25-cent increase.


Pow Wows eager to defend design title

TUSCOLA – The Tuscola football team won't be the only group from the Douglas County seat with a championship to defend on Friday.

Volunteers from the Pow Wows of Tuscola High School, the Warrior's booster organization, will be at work Friday morning putting up hundreds of decorations inside Tent City outside of Memorial Stadium.


See you at Tent City, Westville fans

CHAMPAIGN – When the Westville Tigers and their supporters arrive in Champaign on Friday for their Class 2A state championship football game against Dakota, their tent will be warm and ready.

Tent City, an entrenched and highly popular feature of the state high school football tournament, will be back again this weekend.


Urbana park board expected to seek tax increase

URBANA – The Urbana park board is expected to ask voters to increase the district's property tax rate by 25 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

Park board members will decide tonight whether to place the question on the Feb. 5 primary ballot. The board meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.


Vintage warplanes to be displayed at Frasca Field

URBANA – The Frasca Air Museum will display vintage World War II aircraft to the public today.

If the weather permits, six to 10 planes will be available for viewing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., free of charge, according to Nic Hansen, a director of the Frasca Air Museum board.


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