Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

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.

Homer ballpark plan moves ahead


HOMER — Plans are shaping up to build a new youth league ballpark in Homer, at no cost to the village.

Mutt Strut raises $22,000

CHAMPAIGN — A major fundraiser for the Champaign County Humane Society set a record Saturday, despite weather that threatened to call it off.

The Mutt Strut, held at Hessel Park in Champaign, raised $22,000 for the humane society. That's an increase of more than 20 percent over last year, according to a release from Megan Wolf of the society.

Illinois Marathon: Woman enjoys run down memory lane

Three photo galleries: 2011 Illinois Marathon, 2011 5K and Youth Run. Plus marathon video.

URBANA — Melissa Filbey Pillari was in a running clothes store in November when she overheard a guy talking about a flat course in Illinois that runners could use to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

"Being nosy, I asked where," said Pillari, 61, of Bay Village, Ohio, near Cleveland.

When the Urbana native looked up the Illinois Marathon online and discovered the route went past the home where she grew up, she began training in earnest.

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.