Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Urbana parks hit by vandals

URBANA — Vandals have caused more than $1,500 in damage at two Urbana parks this spring, and the park district is appealing to those using the parks to report suspicious activity.

4-H Mini-Camp scheduled for July 1-3

MONTICELLO — Spots are still available for kids to attend a three-day, two-night 4-H Mini-Camp session at 4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello.

The camp is scheduled for July 1-3, and is tailored for youths ages 8 through 12.

Treehouse or forest? Help pick a pool theme for Crystal Lake

URBANA — Future Urbana outdoor pool users are invited to vote for one of two ideas for themes for the outdoor aquatic center that is scheduled to open in a little more than a year at Crystal Lake Park.

Sailboat show set for Clinton Lake group

CLINTON — The Clinton Lake Sailing Association will have its annual sailboat show and open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, offering free sailboat rides for visitors.

State funding projects that boost health

SPRINGFIELD — Build a walking trail or a bicycle path. Add community garden space.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has $4.8 million in federal money available for local governments, school districts, health departments and community organizations willing to tackle obesity and improve health.

The money is available in nearly every county in the state.

Boating banned from Potomac to Kickapoo on Middle Fork

DANVILLE — Boating on the Middle Fork River in Vermilion County has been banned until further notice.

Officials with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources officials put the ban in place around 11 a.m. Tuesday after determining that current conditions are "significantly" dangerous for boaters.

2012 Boneyard Arts Festival

 The 2012 Boneyard Arts Festival opened  at the Boneyard Basin at 2nd and Springfield in Champaign on Thursday, April 19, 2012.The festival continues April 20 in Champaign, April 21 in Urbana and April 22 in surrounding communities.

Urbana to celebrate start of aquatic center

URBANA — It won't be open for more than a year, but Urbana park officials Thursday will celebrate the beginnings of the new Crystal Lake aquatic center.

They're inviting the public to a demolition-and-construction celebration at 12:30 p.m. at the site of both the old pool and the new aquatic center, just off of North Broadway Avenue.

Extravaganza features summer activities galore

URBANA — The school year is winding down, and that means it's time to find something for your kids to do this summer.

The annual Summer Enrichment Extravaganza, a community-wide youth programming resource fair, might be a place to start.

It's scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Urbana Middle School Cafetorium, 1201 S. Vine St., U.

Crystal Lake Pool demolition will begin soon

URBANA — Razing of the old Crystal Lake Pool in north Urbana should begin in the next two weeks, according to Vicki Mayes, executive director of the Urbana Park District.