Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

How to play Ultimate

The game of Ultimate can be reduced to 10 rules:

The field: A rectangular shape with end zones at each end. A regulation field is 70 yards by 40 yards with end zones 25 yards deep.

UI team off to nationals

URBANA — The University of Illinois Ultimate team has made it to the nationals seven of the last 10 years.

But not in 2012. So when the team bought Coach Walden Nelson an iPad last year as a gift, he would not accept it.

Neal Phelps, a co-captain and former Monticello standout, has held on to the tablet because the team won its regional last month in Rockford.

Crystal Lake pool opening depends on weather

URBANA — Urbana Park District officials say their target date to open the new Crystal Lake Pool is June 20.

But the exact date could be sooner or later, depending on the weather, according to park district spokeswoman Dana Mancuso.

"As soon as we are able to swim, we will be open," Mancuso said on Monday.

What's going on? May 21, 2013

Here's a compilation of scheduled events for Tuesday, May 21, 2013, culled from calendars in The News-Gazette's e3 magazine. 

Clubs

CLARK BAR: Jeff Arrigo, Joe Asselin and Cody Sokolski, 6:30 p.m. Dragon Karaoke with Paul Faber, 10 p.m.

COWBOY MONKEY: Open microphone night (acoustic/sign-up, 8:45 p.m.), 9 p.m.

DACC offers sports camps in June

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St., will offer the following sports camps in June:

— Basketball Camp II will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 10-14 for students entering seventh through 12th grade. The cost is $50.

A peek at the new Crystal Lake pool

Urbana Parks recreation director Corky Emberson gave the News-Gazette a hard hat tour of the new pool as it nears completion on May 13, 2013.

Sailing association open house Saturday

CLINTON — The Clinton Lake Sailing Association will hold its annual open house Saturday for anyone interested in learning more about sailing.

The open house is from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Clinton Lake Sailing Assocation pavilion, just north of the Clinton Lake Marina on the marina grounds.

Savoy to use topsoil from Fourth Street work for park

SAVOY — In an effort to cut costs on improving Colbert Park, village officials have found a source of topsoil.

The topsoil is needed to construct two planned soccer fields at Colbert Park at a grade that allows for proper drainage. The fields are not expected to be built this year, but village officials want to take advantage of the "no-cost" topsoil.

Atwood-Hammond youth baseball alleges discrimination in name change request

A local youth baseball organization which was asked to stop using the name "little league" is asking that other youth baseball leagues be told to do the same.

Atwood-Hammond had been using "little league" as a part of its name.  But since it was not a chartered member of Little League International, that agency requested that Atwood-Hammond discontinue the use of the name.

Gifford park to receive state money

A park in Champaign County will get a piece of the $15.3 million set aside by the state for expanding outdoor recreation and open space in communities.

The village of Gifford will receive $40,700 to replace outdated playground equipment at Roessler Park. The park is located on the southern edge of the Village of Gifford.