Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Allerton Park set to get new bridge

     Allerton Park in Monticello will soon have a new bridge at its south entrance.

     On Friday, state and University of Illinois officials gathered for a "bridge breaking" ceremony at the park.

Prairie Adventures


Sandy Hughes' 3rd grade class from Westview Elementary school participates in the Prairie Adventures School Program at Buffalo Trace Prairie at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet  on Thursday, September 29, 2011. 


Savoy Veteran's Memorial back up

     If you've driven by the Village of Savoy Municipal Center off of Route 45 recently, you might have noticed that the Veteran's Memorial is once again standing.

Griggs to return to Champaign park board

CHAMPAIGN — Alvin Griggs will be back on the park board after having been ousted in the spring election.

Griggs' opponent, Joe Lamb, declined the seat he won in the election, and the park board position was vacant through the summer. Lamb said he feared accepting the seat would preclude his paving companies from bidding on park district projects.

Khan Annex dedication 2011

A dedication and ribbon cutting are held outside of Huff Hall to celebrate the building's north addition, Khan Annex, in Champaign, Ill on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. The annex, made possible by Shahid Khan and wife, Ann Carlson Khan, will house the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability, the Master of Public Health program, classrooms and more. 

New play area will give visitors a different opportunity to become one with nature

HOMER — It used to be that children played outdoors and made use of natural items — rocks, sticks, leaves, water and snow — to get exercise, build strength, develop their imaginations and learn how nature and society are interdependent.

Not so much any more, according to researchers.

Ad on buses cheers for Illini opponent

An audio ad playing on some buses in Champaign and Urbana this week cheers on the Arizona State team that will play Illinois at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

With marching band music in the background, an announcer says, "Arizona State comes to town on Sept. 17 and is looking for a big win. Looking forward to a great game. Go Devils!"

Unity Homecoming Parade 2011

Unity Rockets enjoy a homecoming parade while welcoming home NBA champ, Brian Cardinal, who was grand marshal of the parade, in Tolono, Ill on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. 

River cleanup set at Ellsworth Park in Danville

DANVILLE — The city's parks and recreation division and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful are sponsoring a river cleanup at Ellsworth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Garden of the Week: Krannert Art Museum

Volunteers from the Krannert Art Museum have taken over the maintenance of the gardens.