Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

2011 Fourth of July 5K

The 5K Race-Walk at the Freedom Celebration in Champaign on Monday, July 4, 2011.

Villa Grove seeks more information on sports programs

VILLA GROVE — The city council plans to work with park board and summer recreation program officials to solve ongoing issues that the council feels need to be addressed.

The city has once again been frustrated by a lack of reporting and organization by the summer recreation baseball and softball program about their operation of the park concession stands.

Community Day set in Danville's Lincoln Park

DANVILLE — Organizers of the 18th annual Community Day are encouraging all Danville residents to visit Lincoln Park on July 10 for food, fun and community entertainment.

The city's human relations commission and the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee are hosting the annual event from 2:30 to 5 p.m. July 10 in Lincoln Park.

Mayor wants to explore options for minor league baseball in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Maybe it is his field of dreams at this point, but early in his term as the top elected official in the city, Mayor Don Gerard is making it a priority to explore whether Champaign could support a minor league baseball team.

Of course, what good is a baseball team with nowhere to play and no seats to fill?

State keeps eye on beaches for bacteria

If you're going to take a dip in a lake this summer, you might want to wait before diving in after a big rain.

That's usually when bacteria levels are at their highest and when most beaches are forced to close temporarily due to high bacteria count.

Unity Celebration 2011

The Unity Celebration at the Boneyard Creek 2nd Street Basin on Thursday, June 23, 2011. The celebration was to close out Champaign's Sesquicentennial Anniversary.

Liautauds pledge $1 million to new Champaign County Y

CHAMPAIGN — Jimmy John Liautaud and his wife Leslie have pledged $1 million toward construction of the new Champaign County YMCA and Larkin's Place at the Y.

That pledge from the founder of the Jimmy John's restaurant chain brings the total amount raised to more than $13.5 million.

Warm weather, renovations boost pool attendance

Unseasonably hot days this month have boosted pool attendance numbers in area cities.

Zorba's makes comeback at Taste

CHAMPAIGN — If you've had a hankering for a gyro from Zorba's, this is your weekend.

Zorba's owner Matt Mortenson and his crew are back cooking the Greek specialty sandwiches along with pita and hummus and baklava at the Taste of Champaign-Urbana in West Side Park through Sunday.

Goal for 2011 Relay for Life: $300,000

CHAMPAIGN — Relay for Life Champaign County has a $300,000 fund-raising goal this year. says co-chair Michelle Grindley.

And there's less than a week left to get there.

Relay for Life Champaign County is set for June 18 at Centennial High School, 913 S. Crescent Drive, C.