Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Virginia Theatre VIP Tour

Donors and VIPs got a sneak peek tour of the remodeled Virginia Theater on Thursday night, April 11, 2013 before a public open house on Saturday.

Urbana City Council members to discuss 'legacy tree' program

URBANA — City council members this week could move forward in establishing a "legacy tree" protection program they hope will preserve some of Urbana's biggest, rarest and most notable trees.

Council members will discuss the proposal when they meet as a committee of the whole at 7 p.m. today in the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.

Passes for Urbana pool, which is on time and on budget, go on sale

URBANA — Discounted season passes to Urbana's new family aquatic center go on sale Monday at the Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

The $9.1 million center, which is being built on the same site as past Crystal Lake Park pools in north Urbana, is on schedule and on budget, park district Executive Director Vicki Mayes said Friday. It is to be open in early June.

'Duck Dynasty' stars coming to Danville for Kennekuk event

DANVILLE — Cellular One of East Central Illinois is bringing two stars of A&E's reality show "Duck Dynasty" to Danville to benefit the new $6 million Environmental Education Center at Kennekuk County Park.

Si Robertson and his nephew, Jase Robertson, will make two appearances at the David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville.

Share memories of the Virginia

The Virginia Theatre will reopen in April and wants to hear your favorite moments.

Park board OKs contract to demolish Spalding Pool

CHAMPAIGN — By the end of June, all evidence of Champaign's Spalding Pool will be gone.

The Champaign Park District board Wednesday awarded a contract for $124,500 to Dig It of Champaign for the demolition of the 42-year-old outdoor pool and bathhouse in north Champaign. Additional alternate costs will increase the project cost to no more than $200,000.

Leader of Danville Y takes new job

DANVILLE — The chief executive officer at the Danville Family YMCA has accepted a position with Y-USA as resource director serving small to midsize YMCAs in central and southern Illinois.

Field Museum exhibit shedding light on a living world

Glowing can get you dates, hide you from a predator or snare you prey — depending on which species you hang out with.

So long, Beverly 18; new Carmike 13 won't open till summer

CHAMPAIGN — Moviegoers on the north side of Champaign will have to travel farther the next few months to get their fix of cinema.

The Beverly 18 multiplex at 910 Meijer Drive, C, closed in mid-February, and the theater complex replacing it isn't expected to open until summer, a spokesman for Carmike Cinemas said.

Playground construction help sought in Paxton

PAXTON — Volunteer help is being sought for the construction of a new playground at Coady Park.

A "community build" is set for April 20, and Recreation Director Neal McKenry said the park district needs as many community volunteers as possible to help build the playground that day.

The work will start at 8 a.m.