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