Parks and Recreation
CHAMPAIGN – Joe Forrester has an interesting and exhausting summer planned.
He's going to kayak the Missouri and Mississippi rivers – a distance of 3,900 miles – in an effort to raise $20,000 for the National Parkinson's Foundation.
Forrester, 24, is about to begin his fourth year of medical school at the University of Virginia. He's undertaking the trip this June as a tribute to his grandfather, Joseph Forrester, who is afflicted with Parkinson's disease.
University of Illinois students will be hosting an electronic-waste collection event this Saturday on campus.
Old computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, keyboards, mice, scanners and cell phones can be dropped off any time between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Saturday at Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St., U.
DANVILLE – As if cats and dogs didn't already have enough reasons to dislike each other, parks in East Central Illinois are going to the dogs.
Urbana has a 10-acre dog park off Perkins Road, and in June, the Champaign Park District will open a new 7-acre dog park on Windsor Road. And in Danville, residents are raising funds for a dog park in the undeveloped Espenscheid Park in the center of the city.
DANVILLE – Thousands of people throughout East Central Illinois demonstrated their support for Kickapoo State Park last year when it was in danger of being closed by the state.
Now, Keep Vermilion County Beautiful volunteers are calling on those same people to show their support again in April by volunteering one Saturday morning to pick up trash, clear trails and more at the second annual Kickapoo Cleanup. It will be part of Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup, which takes place each year from March through May.
BEMENT – A tear of joy rolled down Marilyn Ayers' face as the Bryant Cottage site director welcomed more than 70 people to the cottage Thursday to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday.
MAHOMET – The dream of a new library in Mahomet is becoming a reality.
Library trustees and staff have been working with Mark Misselhorn, architect from Apace Design, and Scott Davis, from All Your Needs Consulting, to put the finishing touches on the library plans.
TUSCOLA – Water at Tuscola's aging city swimming pool is causing leaks to the pool and to the city's budget.
The pool at Ervin Park, which was built in 1957, has been leaking on and off since 2006.
MONTICELLO – The swimming pool once again found its way into the Monticello City Council's most recent meeting.
The purpose of the discussion during Monday's study session was to clarify and prepare the members of the council for any future questions regarding the $3 million project.
MONTICELLO – The future of the Monticello community swimming pool will once again be in the hands of the voters.
A proposal to bond $2 million for a replacement pool will be on April's ballot after the city council passed a resolution, 7-1, on Monday.
CHAMPAIGN - Several crashes caused traffic delays on westbound Interstate 74 at about noon Tuesday.
The worst backup occurred between Neil Street and Lincoln Avenue, but Illinois State Police have seen crashes on I-74 all the way into Vermilion County, said Sgt. Bill Emery. They're also happening on Interstate 57 and on two-lane highways.