Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Gifford park to receive state money

A park in Champaign County will get a piece of the $15.3 million set aside by the state for expanding outdoor recreation and open space in communities.

The village of Gifford will receive $40,700 to replace outdated playground equipment at Roessler Park. The park is located on the southern edge of the Village of Gifford.

Willow Pond course changes hands

RANTOUL — One of the largest golf courses in Champaign County is under new ownership.

Kevin and Rhonda Applebee of Urbana have purchased Willow Pond Golf Course in Rantoul from Ken Roessler.

Kevin Applebee said they bought the 185-acre course, located on the former Chanute Air Force Base, because they were "looking at a different opportunity because I sold some real estate."

Tom Kacich: Beaver colony gone from Meadowbrook — for now

There went the neighborhood.

A colony of beaver, which numbered at least eight a year ago, is gone from Meadowbrook Park in south Urbana. So is their dam. And so, temporarily, is the damage — easily visible to the human visitors along the park's trails — that they did to trees and other vegetation along McCullough Creek that bisects the park.

Summer program registration open at Don Moyer club

CHAMPAIGN — Area youngsters can now register for the summer program session at Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club.

The session theme is "Around the World in 40 Days!" and runs June 3-Aug. 9. Learning activities will feature famous places around the world. Daily fun and recreation — including swimming, arts and crafts, games, field trips and camping — will be available.

Tom Kacich: Exploring the pristine Sylvester Woods

Last winter when it was cold and windy and wet, and the landscape was brown and bleak, I talked to Dan Olson about a glorious little speck on the landscape unlike almost any other spot in Champaign County.

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This weekend

2013 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

Images from the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

Heart attack set Champaign man on road to first full marathon

CHAMPAIGN — Jim Doyle has always been a big believer in goals.

At 57, he's achieved many. He's a husband, father, Boy Scout leader, accomplished information systems technician, and an avid bicyclist, just to name a few.

After a major heart attack in November 2008, however, goals took on a whole new meaning.

Marathon Notebook: Running heavyweights give their take on bombings

CHAMPAIGN — Running close on the heels of the Boston Marathon, the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon certainly has felt the shock waves of the April 15 bombings on Boylston Street.

Extra security will be in place today when the fifth edition of Champaign-Urbana's maturing marathon takes off.

5K win a record-setting salute

CHAMPAIGN — Julia Williams had an orange ribbon pinned just above her left collarbone.

The color didn't have anything to do with finishing Friday night's 5K race at Memorial Stadium's 50-yard line.

For the 29-year-old Urbana resident, the accessory to her running gear had a more personal meaning.