Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Improved AMBUCS Park playground to be dedicated Saturday

The Urbana Park District will hold a dedication ceremony Saturday for its new and improved accessible playground.

The park district's Executive Director Vicki Mayes said the AMBUCS Park playground is specifically designed to enhance the ability of someone with physical or developmental disabilities to play in an interactive environment with others.

Champaign parks director calls it quits after busy 12 years

CHAMPAIGN — Bobbie Herakovich gave a five-year commitment when she was hired as the executive director of the Champaign Park District. She will retire after 12.

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New CVB report says local spending is up

The Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau said in its annual report that visitors are spending more money thanks to big events in the area.

The report said the county saw a 5.5% increase in direct spending at $298.5 million for the 2013 fiscal year.

Local musicians sought for Bach's Lunch Concert series

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Park District is seeking local musicians to perform for the Spring 2014 Bach's Lunch Concert series at the Springer Cultural Center.

Updated: Urbana parks chief to retire; successor promoted from within

URBANA — The Urbana park board didn't consider undertaking a nationwide search for its new executive director.

It opted to go with Tim Bartlett, the park district's superintendent of planning and operations, as the successor to Vicki Mayes, who announced Tuesday that she would retire next April after more than 10 years in Urbana.

Roger Ebert Sculpture

The Roger Ebert Sculpture fundraising campaign kicked off with at a press conference held at the Virginia Theatre by the C-U at the Movies Commemorative Sculpture Project to raise money for the sculpture on Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013.

Donors sought to honor Ebert with statue outside Virginia

CHAMPAIGN — Several years ago, while passing through the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Donna Anderson noticed in the lobby a life-sized statue of native son Adlai Stevenson II.

The bronze sculpture of the former Illinois governor and presidential candidate showed him sitting on a park bench, his feet propped up on a suitcase.


Park district seeks input on trails

URBANA — The Urbana Park District is looking for resident opinions before starting on a master plan for recreational trails throughout its park system.

A few slices of history in one spot

East Central Illinoisans who reguarly travel to St. Louis via the Effingham route probably have noticed what might look like a used farm machinery lot slowly growing just east of the Greenville exit.

But those who look closer will see a sign, surrounded by tractors, for the American Farm Heritage Museum.