Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Voter-approved tax hike kicks in for Urbana parks

URBANA -- Urbana Park Board members approved without comment a $5.95 million property tax levy Tuesday night.

Urbana park board to get report on final design of Crystal Lake pool

URBANA — Urbana residents will get their first look tonight (Tuesday, Dec, 13) at the final design of a slightly downsized $6.1 million Crystal Lake Pool.

IHSA economic impact about average, CVB says

     The numbers are in from this past weekend's IHSA Football Championships in Champaign.

     About 26,000 tickets were sold for the eight games, and the event brought in around $3.1 million of economic impact to the community, according to Cory Hatfield, sports director for the Champaign County Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

IHSA football brings economic boost to Champaign-Urbana

     Thousands of high school football fans will converge on Champaign this weekend for the Illinois High School Association Football Championships at Memorial Stadium.

Tolono Veterans Memorial Re-Dedication Nov 19 2011

The Tolono Veteran's Memorial in West Side Park was rededicated in Tolono, IL.  Saturday, November 19, 2011.   After the 10:30am ceremony people visited the  Tolono Historical Society to see the display of local veteran's and attended the  cake reception at the Masonic Lodge.


Finally, Busey Woods boardwalk is really accessible

URBANA — For years the Urbana Park District has had a handicapped-accessible boardwalk through Busey Woods but virtually no way for someone in a wheelchair or using a walker to get to it.

Danville seeks to extend deal with golf-course manager

DANVILLE — The city wants to extend its agreement with city employee Brock Burton, who stepped into the role of managing the city-owned Harrison Park golf course last spring after a newly hired independent contractor opted out of his arrangement with the city.

Champaign County YMCA gets another big donation

The Champaign County YMCA is now $3 million short of its goal of raising money for a new facility after another large gift was donated to the project.

President and CEO of the YMCA Mark Johnson said the organization has received an anonymous gift of $500,000 toward the new YMCA and Larkin's Place at the YMCA.

Urbana city council tentatively decides to part ways with the CVB

     In an informal straw poll at Monday night's Urbana City Council committee meeting, council members voted not to restore a portion of the city's funding to the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

     Some council members maintained their stance that the CVB is not performing well enough to warrant funding.

UI named bicycle friendly university

     A national organization of bicyclists says the University of Illinois is one of the nation's leaders in creating a bicycle friendly environment.