Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

New play area will give visitors a different opportunity to become one with nature

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.

Ad on buses cheers for Illini opponent

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!"

Unity Homecoming Parade 2011

Unity Rockets enjoy a homecoming parade while welcoming home NBA champ, Brian Cardinal, who was grand marshal of the parade, in Tolono, Ill on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. 

River cleanup set at Ellsworth Park in Danville

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.

Garden of the Week: Krannert Art Museum

Volunteers from the Krannert Art Museum have taken over the maintenance of the gardens.

Park board considers naming rights at Crystal Lake

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.

Group passes $11,000 in drive to help Paxton pool

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.

Hoopeston National Sweet Corn Festival - 2011

Images from the The National Sweet Corn Festival on Sunday at McFerren Park in Hoopeston, Illinois.

Fishing club makes offer, but doubts it will be able to buy Dynegy land

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.

Virginia marquee delayed again

CHAMPAIGN — The Virginia Theatre will wait until Wednesday for its new centerpiece, after two delays have postponed the installation of its new marquee.