Parks and Recreation
HOMER — It used to be that children played outdoors and made use of natural items — rocks, sticks, leaves, water and snow — to get exercise, build strength, develop their imaginations and learn how nature and society are interdependent.
Not so much any more, according to researchers.
An audio ad playing on some buses in Champaign and Urbana this week cheers on the Arizona State team that will play Illinois at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
With marching band music in the background, an announcer says, "Arizona State comes to town on Sept. 17 and is looking for a big win. Looking forward to a great game. Go Devils!"
DANVILLE — The city's parks and recreation division and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful are sponsoring a river cleanup at Ellsworth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
URBANA — Hoping to enhance their Crystal Lake Park aquatic center project, Urbana parks officials are looking into encouraging private donations with everything from donor plaques to naming rights on individual pools.
Park board members reviewed the idea at a study session Tuesday, according to park board President Michael Walker.
PAXTON — A Paxton group has raised more than $11,000 toward renovating the currently closed Paxton Park District pool at Coady Park.
The Save Our Pool committee, which formed in August, has received contributions from the community, the surrounding area and farther away, committee treasurer Gary Popel said.
NEWTOWN — The Vermilion Fishing Club recently sent another proposal to Dynegy Inc. to buy the lake-front campground the club has been leasing for more than 50 years.