Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Challenger Baseball League holding summer sign-ups

DANVILLE – The AMBUCS Challenger Baseball League is holding sign-ups for its summer program for children with disabilities.

Three games are played at 9 a.m. on Saturdays in June at Winter Park. Cost is $10 per child for the season, but scholarships are available. The league is open to those ages 5 to 21 with physical or mental disabilities who cannot safely or successfully participate in a traditional Little League program.

AMBUCS First Citizen serious about child's play

DANVILLE – Bill E. Fulton's name may be synonymous with two AMBUCS playgrounds and a new "sprayground" in Danville.

Middle Fork River OK for boaters, state says

DANVILLE – People once again can launch their boats on the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources lifted its ban on recreational boating on the river after officials with the department and the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency determined that conditions were safe.

Donors step up at dinner-auction for University YMCA

CHAMPAIGN – Organizers of the University YMCA's annual Dump and Run sale were thrilled with the turnout in August.

Then a burglar stole most of the first day's proceeds, and a majority of the $30,000 from the three-day sale evaporated.

15-cent property tax rise OK'd for Urbana Park District

URBANA – Urbana Park District officials look forward to a brighter spring with a 15-cent property tax increase approved by voters Tuesday.

There were 2,868 yes votes to 1,995 no votes – a margin of 59 percent to 41 percent.

Egg hunt participants advised to park in city deck

CHAMPAIGN – Families attending the Champaign Park District's Easter-egg hunt in West Side Park on Saturday morning are advised they may want to park in the downtown deck.

Because of the Illinois Marathon, there may be a parking shortage.

Danville club taking applications for summer program

DANVILLE – The Boys & Girls Club of Danville is taking applications for its 10-week summer program.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 8 through Aug. 14.

Agency closes part of Middle Fork River to boaters

DANVILLE – State officials have temporarily banned recreational boating on a portion of the Middle Fork River in Vermilion County.

No boaters are allowed on the river from the north boundary of the Middle Fork Fish and Wildlife Area to the southern boundary of Kickapoo State Park until further notice, according to a news release issued Wednesday afternoon.

Fresh start for Champaign County YMCA expansion plans

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign County YMCA is starting anew in its efforts to build a new Y, the chairman of its board of directors said.

Urbana Park District officials: Raise taxes or lose services

URBANA – Voters in Urbana will face a choice of higher property taxes or cuts in services when they vote Tuesday on a proposal by the Urbana Park District.


Officials say if the tax hike – 15 cents per $100 of assessed value – is not approved, the park district will have to make more cuts in staff and services.