Parks and Recreation
RANTOUL — The 1921 photo shows a dog with a parachute on its back, lazing happily on the ground at Chanute Field — Bing the fox terrier, one of the first military dogs to parachute from an airplane.
MONTICELLO — The bridge that connected walkers and bicyclists on both sides of the Sangamon River has reopened.
The walk/bike trail that connects Monticello with subdivisions to the west had been closed since a May 23 fire damaged the trestle/bridge. Six youths later told Piatt County sheriff's police they accidentally ignited the trestle with a stray mortar-style firework.
TOLONO — The park district is getting a boost from the village to develop the new East Side Park.
Village board trustees have signed off on an agreement to give the park district $208,693.39 from its tax increment financing district revenues.
URBANA — Moving quickly to expedite construction of an outdoor aquatic center, the Urbana park board Wednesday approved two expenditures at a special meeting.
SULLIVAN — The A B Seals factory is cranked up for a Saturday night, with dozens of artists, two live bands, drinks and food, pumpkin carving, tattoos, Harley-Davidsons and just a lot of people milling about.
There's a real factory on the lower level: A B Seals, a custom job shop for all types of porous castings in aluminum, cast iron, zinc and brass.
Image from the Prairie Rivers Network 45th Anniversary Celebration event in Champaign on Friday October 5, 2012
URBANA — Northbrook-based KemperSports has been chosen by The Atkins Group to manage Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana.
KemperSports operates golf facilities as well as athletic clubs, lodging venues and major sporting events.
DANVILLE - The city is changing its agreement with the Harrison Park Golf Course management, shifting a portion of the manager's compensation from the parks and public property budget to the golf course budget.