Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Park agencies get almost $1 million in grants

SPRINGFIELD — Nearly a million dollars in state grants has been awarded to three Champaign County park agencies for land acquisition and park improvement projects.

Danville holds grand opening for revamped Carver Park

DANVILLE — Bryan Calloway lives near Carver Park in Danville and has noticed a lot more people — not just kids — using the newly-transformed park this spring.

"They're having fun and actually enjoying the facility," Calloway said. "It's better than what the old park was. They did a nice job."

History of Carver Park

Here's an outline of the history of Carver:

1939- Colored Women's Civic Group asks city for new recreation area near Stony Creek on north side of Williams Street. Construction begins and it's called #7 Park.

1940 - Committee chooses Carver Park name.

Westville considers security cameras at park

WESTVILLE — Village officials said Tuesday they were exploring the idea of adding security cameras to Zamberletti Park as a way to combat the chronic vandalism there.

Urbana considers transforming Boneyard into amenity

URBANA — The Boneyard Creek in downtown Urbana is nearly invisible — guarded by a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire and surrounded by vegetation, the only evidence of occasional human presence is a few instances of graffiti on the sheets of aluminum that line its banks.

Tour de Champaign to close some streets this weekend

CHAMPAIGN — Some of Champaign's streets will be closed to all vehicles except the two-wheeled kind this weekend.

The Tour de Champaign bicycle race is scheduled for Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday.

2011 Touch-A-Truck Day

Preschool-age children enjoy trucks of all shapes and sizes at the Champaign Park District's annual Touch-A-Truck Day at Centennial Park in Champaign, Ill on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. 

Volunteers sought for Lake Vermilion cleanup

DANVILLE — Local water company Aqua Illinois is recruiting volunteers for its annual Lake Vermilion cleanup next week.

Urbana parks officials pleased with bond rate for aquatic center

URBANA — Park district officials say they're pleased with the interest rate they got last week on $7 million in bonds sold to finance construction of an aquatic center at Crystal Lake Park.

The bonds were sold to Raymond James & Associates Inc. at a rate of 4.4132 percent for a 25-year term, according to Vicki Mayes, executive director of the park district.