Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Owners: Disputes delaying work to fix Eagle Creek resort

FINDLAY — The owners of the long-shuttered Eagle Creek Resort at Lake Shelbyville said Monday night that they still intend to reopen the business, perhaps as early as 2014.

New coordinator aims to rebuild Allerton volunteer ranks

MONTICELLO — A few years ago, Mindy Brand said, the number of volunteers at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center was "too many to count."

Brand, who took over as volunteer coordinator last month, says she is now in charge of only six. That doesn't count the Allerton Allies (25 volunteers) and hunter volunteers (30 total), who are under the charge of others and still going strong.

Urbana council cuts some items on Boneyard project

URBANA — City council members on Monday agreed to scale back the proposed upgrades to the Boneyard Creek area in downtown Urbana, but not before holding on to a couple features they couldn't bear to lose.

Fundraisers set for wildlife clinic

The University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic has announced three upcoming fundraisers — one in Gibson City, one in Champaign and one at Homer Lake.

— "Howl at the Harvest Moon" is an annual, pet-friendly fund-raiser for the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic.

Grant will enhance nature area near Danville industrial park

DANVILLE — The Southgate Industrial Park doesn't sound like a place someone would go to exercise or enjoy nature.

But city workers who regularly mow parts of a 16-acre city-owned section of the industrial park see plenty of wildlife, including beaver, herons and ducks, according to Steve Lane with the Danville parks department.

How leaves change color

According to University of Illinois Jeffrey O. Dawson, with declining autumn temperatures, tree leaves stop producing chlorophyll, the green pigment of photosynthesis.

Leaves might give us an autumn show after all

URBANA — Rumors of the demise of fall color in our local trees have been slightly exaggerated.

State climatologist Jim Angel said this summer's drought might make the prognosis for Technicolor leaves seem dire, but our recent weather has perked up the chances for a bit of display of natural beauty.

Urbana may use bequest to add to pool

URBANA — Urbana park commissioners are being urged to finance additional enhancements at the new Crystal Lake Park pool with money from two sources, among them a gift left to the park district more than 20 years ago.

The park district board will consider the plan when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district's operations center at 1011 Kerr Ave., U.

CarX CrazyK 2012

The CarX CrazyK was held at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana on Saturday Sept. 8, 2012. Twenty-two locar charities benefited from the event which featured 130 teams that ran an extreme K featuring many "crazy" obstacles along the way.

Bridge to Allerton reopened after years of closure

RURAL MONTICELLO — The reopening of the main entrance at Allerton Park and Retreat Center will make it easier for nature lovers to access the 1,600-acre park just south of Monticello.