Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

First public discussion of Dodds Park is set

At 5:30 p.m. today comes the moment many have been waiting for — the first public discussion about using a portion of Dodds Park for a new Champaign Central High School. With Election Day less than six weeks away — and Unit 4 planning to ask taxpayers for $94 million to replace the cramped, creaky school on University Avenue — the question of where remains 'TBA.'

Rantoul, park district to discuss merger

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Park District and the village of Rantoul will hold a joint committee meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday to discuss a possible merger.

The meeting will be held in the law office of Allen & Korkowski & Associates, at 123 N. Garrard St.

On a wild goose chase

What would you do? Tell Urbana's Tom Kacich here

On Sunday morning bird walks in the spring, guide Greg Lambeth leads groups of bird enthusiasts through Crystal Lake Park and Busey Woods in Urbana in the hope of seeing a variety of species that live in or migrate to the area.

Seriously: Do not feed the geese

Wildlife experts say there's something everyone can do to help manage the Giant Canada goose problem: Stop feeding them.

Park officials in East Central Illinois said they often see people feeding them bread, birdseed and leftover picnic scraps — sometimes right next to "Do not feed geese" signs.

Cost of replicating Dodds soccer complex: More than $4 million

CHAMPAIGN — If a proposed land swap were approved between the Champaign Park District and Unit 4, the school district would be asked to front the cost of replicating the soccer complex currently at Dodds Park, The News-Gazette has learned.

The price tag? Between $4 million and $4.5 million, park district Executive Director Joe DeLuce said Friday.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 19-26, 2015

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Another obstacle for Central HS at Dodds: memorial trees

The mother of a young Champaign man who passed away nearly a decade ago said she's strongly against a new Central High School being built at Dodds Park. She said a memorial tree is planted there in her son's honor along with several others, and she would like Dodds to remain a green space. Michael Kiser reports.

Not all on board with Loda pavilion proposal

LODA — Some village trustees are skeptical of moving forward with Trustee Roy Hilgendorf's proposal to build a new $125,000 pavilion at the village park.

Some think the existing pavilion can be repaired. Some also think the pavilion being proposed is simply too big for the park.

N-G Exclusive: Push for Dodds hits roadblock

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'Opportunity is there' for trail linking Monticello, Bement

BEMENT — Formal talk of a 7-mile recreational trail between Monticello and Bement began five years ago, and Monticello Director of Community Development Callie McFarland joked that it could be five more before it comes to fruition. But progress is being made, she told Bement Area Chamber of Commerce members recently.