Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Tips for getting around the marathon

Here are some tips for getting around during Saturday's Illinois Marathon races, plus other information you'll need to know:

No parking: If you live along the race route, you'll need to move any vehicles from the street. Some areas will be posted as subject to towing if vehicles are parked on the street on race day.

Vermilion River overflows banks; city park closed

DANVILLE — Although the sun peeked through the clouds on and off on Thursday, Ellsworth Park in Danville was closed all day.

City officials closed the park after the Vermilion River, which has been rising the past few days, flooded most of the area south of U.S. 150.

Urbana backs more land for King Park

URBANA -- King Park will be getting a little bit bigger if the city council next week finalizes a lease agreement with the park district that aldermen supported Monday.

A vacant lot at 909 N. Lincoln Ave., adjacent to the park, has been deeded to the city, and officials have decided its best use would be to enlarge King Park.

Danville to host bike day

DANVILLE - Local transportation officials have identified the best routes in the city for bicyclists and for future bike paths, but now they want to encourage people to ride their bicycles and ride them safely.

Earth Day program at Anita Purves Nature Center 2011

 At the Anita Purves Nature Center  in Urbana, IL. Monday, April 18, 2011 students took part in five E.A.R.T.H. Day stations and learned about local foods, recycling, MTD hybrid bus; added to an eco-art project and took a guided hike in Busey Woods. 

Urbana council clears indoor soccer facility

URBANA The city council on Monday gave final approval to the construction of an indoor soccer facility to be called Soccer Planet in north Urbana, and project organizers hope it will fill a service gap left every year when it gets too cold to play outside.

Soccer facility, road projects on agenda

URBANA -- The city council on Monday could formalize approval of a couple of measures members already supported this week: It may give the final go-ahead for an indoor soccer facility to be located at 2400 N. Willow Road and a green light to a revised plan for Olympian Drive.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday in the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.

Boneyard cleanup canceled

Due to safety issues with high creek levels, the Boneyard Community Cleanup event is canceled this year.

There will not be a rain date scheduled.

The event was to have been held Saturday morning in Champaign's Scott Park.

Bond sale next month to pay for Urbana pool

URBANA -- A week after voters approved construction of a new aquatic center in Crystal Lake Park, the Urbana park board has scheduled a bond sale to finance the project.

Marathon extends registration for most events

Procrastinators, you've got a few extra days to enter one of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races.

Race officials have extended the deadline for registration from Friday to midnight on Monday.