Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Dodds for Central: How we got here

A look at the long, winding road to what Unit 4 officials hope will end with Central High School being built at Dodds Park, courtesy managing editor Jeff D'Alessio:

NOV. 18, 2013

Dodds on Agenda

CHAMPAIGN — What seemed like a pipe dream months ago — the much-discussed, then dismissed idea of building a new Central High School at Dodds Park — has suddenly emerged as a viable option among many of the key players.

Wiegand renews request for space at Dodds

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Unit 4 Superintendent Judy Wiegand calls Dodds Park the only unifying option for rallying the community together to build a new Central High School.

So on Tuesday afternoon, she asked for a portion of the park — again.

Environmental Almanac: See nature through new eyes at Allerton

If you were scheduled to lead a lightly advertised tree identification hike on a frigid Saturday morning in January, you might anticipate working with a small group. That was the case last month for Nate Beccue, natural areas manager at the University of Illinois' Robert Allerton Park near Monticello.

Sadorus board to vote on ball diamond maintenance

SADORUS — Village trustees will decide at their March board meeting whether to approve a proposal for continuing maintenance of the main ball diamond at Sadorus Community Park.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 5-12, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Top of the morning, Feb. 5, 2015

Of all the events listed in today's e3, this one caught my attention: the return of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District's frog call monitoring program, which has been dormant since 2011. So I turned to the CCFPD's Chelsey Walsh to answer all my questions. Like

Champaign Park District entries place in state association awards

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Park District has won four statewide awards from the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association.

The honors, announced Tuesday:

— Second place for best logo design for the Taste of Champaign-Urbana logo.

Top of the Morning Feb. 2, 2015: From the archives

I realize that on Feb. 2, it is unreasonable to want spring to be here.

And yet, there's that whole groundhog thing, so today it's on my mind. Not that I care to trust meteorology to a rodent, but how many more weeks of winter are we looking at?

I have very little to complain about in my life, but I find that I like winter less with each passing year.

Parts of former Y will stay open after pool closes

CHAMPAIGN — With the Champaign Park District declining to come to the rescue, the McKinley Aquatic Center will be closing its pools in late February.

But the sports center and leased spaces at this former YMCA facility at 500 W. Church St. will remain open, said building owner Leon Jeske.