Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Some parents upset over YMCA ending competitive gymnastics

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County YMCA has been more for the Pitts family than a gymnastic team.

It's also been the family's fitness center for swimming and exercise, Kevin Pitts of Champaign says.

Urbana looking for submissions on King project

The City of Urbana is looking to the community to create a piece of art to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The city is asking artists to submit a proposal for a sculpture or other artwork that would be placed in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Fairview Avenue on the city's north side.

With pool closing, Spalding Park to get makeover

CHAMPAIGN — With a pile of leaves gathering in its corner, Spalding Pool sat empty on Thursday — and just as well, with temperatures near freezing. But unlike more than 40 seasons in the past, it will not open again when the weather gets warm.

Group to begin looking at how to bring minor league baseball to town

CHAMPAIGN — It's January, but baseball season starts next week for Tony Johnston and his exploratory committee.

Johnston and the group of business people and baseball experts on Jan. 30 will begin working through the details of Mayor Don Gerard's hope to build a minor league baseball stadium in Champaign. In a year or two, he hopes to have a business plan to present to the city.

Pool legislation might help Paxton

PAXTON — State Rep. Jason Barickman, R-Champaign, has proposed legislation that would enable the non-compliant Paxton Park District swimming pool — and others in a similar situations throughout the state — to open this summer "as is" without facing penalties for failing to meet a recently enforced federal law.

Candidates sought to fill open Paxton parks seat

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District board is seeking candidates to replace board member Jeremy Putnam.

Putnam resigned at the Jan. 10 board meeting because he's moving from Paxton.

Board President Eric Evans said Putnam was a "very good asset to the park district" and "helped out a lot," specifically with the district's finances.

Museum expansion 'bringing us up to this century'

MAHOMET — If you've driven past the Museum of the Grand Prairie on Illinois 47 recently, you might have noticed construction crews at work.

Design plan for Paxton pool work due next month

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District has been assured by a Champaign engineering firm that a design plan will be completed by mid-February that should offer a fix for the public swimming pool's noncompliant drain.

Spalding pool closed, future unknown

The Champaign Park District has decided to close the city's oldest public pool.

The park board voted to close Spalding Pool at a meeting Wednesday night.  The pool, at 910 N. Harris Ave., across from Franklin Middle School, has been plagued by leaks and other structural problems for several years.

Plans for Crystal Lake pool to be on display Tuesday

URBANA — Members of the public can view plans for a new $6.1 million Crystal Lake Park aquatic center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

But it's beyond the time to suggest changes to the project's plan; they've already been approved by the Urbana park board.