Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Champaign's Parade of Lights set for Saturday

The ninth annual Holiday Parade of Lights, sponsored by the Champaign Park District, will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

In case of bad weather, the parade will be postponed until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Marquee comes off the Virginia

CHAMPAIGN – A city icon for decades, the neon marquee that hung prominently off the facade of the Virginia Theatre since the 1940s lay in crumpled pieces on Park Street on Tuesday.

East Central Illinois groups vying for grants both large and small

Several area organizations are vying for money in the latest round of the Pepsi Refresh Project.

The project allows community members to vote for projects through Nov. 30. The top vote-getters are awarded money. Project supporters are allowed 10 votes each day, and you can vote via Facebook, text and online.

Online votes could bring steam locomotive to town

A steam locomotive could be coming to East Central Illinois, but it may take a little exertion on your part to power it here.

Union Pacific is holding an online contest to determine a route for a steam locomotive excursion in 2011.

Urbana Park Board OKs concept for new pool; some neighbors oppose plan

URBANA – The Urbana Park District board unanimously approved the concept for a new Crystal Lake Pool on Tuesday night, but members of the north Urbana neighborhood said they opposed the plan and would work to defeat the tax increase proposal to pay for it.

Area events to honor veterans

Flags, speeches and music will honor military veterans at three community celebrations in Mahomet this weekend.

Museums in Tuscola and Danville next week will hold programs for veterans and people interested in military lore.

The Living Flag: Old Glory Sings programs at Mahomet Christian Church, 908 N. Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet, are in their sixth year.

Tilton ups the off-road ante

TILTON – Mayor David Phillips wants to make his village a destination for ATV and dirt-bike riders.

Federal grant will bring bike path in Danville by 2012

DANVILLE – The city's share of the $90 million in federal grants that Illinois recently received for bike paths and similar projects means a new multiuse path through one of the city's most historic neighborhoods will be ready in 2012.

Millions allocated for hiking, biking improvements

Millions of dollars were designated on Friday for hiking and biking improvements in East Central Illinois.

The projects include:

– Almost $1.2 million for a multipurpose path along Lake of the Woods Road in Mahomet.

– $1.2 million for a shared-use path at the Lincoln Park Historic District in Danville.

Group of friends will use running event as fundraiser to keep program going

DANVILLE – Last spring, a group of friends and running coaches stepped in to ensure that a summer running program for Vermilion County kids continues, and now, they're offering an opportunity for adults to run and help the youth program at the same time.