Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Weekend Planner: Playground Earth

The grand opening of the new Friendship Grove Nature Playscape last week drew 520 people — despite it being the same day as the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon and in the middle of Roger Ebert's Film Festival. If you missed it last week, head to the Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway, U, today.

Used-bike sale postponed to May 6 because of weather

CHAMPAIGN — A community used-bike sale to benefit the Kickapoo Rail Trail, scheduled for Saturday at Champaign Cycle, is being postponed because of the rainy forecast for this weekend.

The new date for the sale is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6.

Urbana couple donates 29 acres of farmland for use as park

URBANA — An Urbana couple, long associated with the Urbana parks, have donated 29 acres to the Urbana Parks Foundation for what eventually will become the city's sixth-largest park.

The gift by Nancy and Fred Delcomyn was announced Thursday night at the annual meeting of the parks foundation at the Urbana Country Club.

Entertainment listings, April 27-May 4, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

This weekend

ASIAFEST! 2017

What: The Asian American Cultural Center celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month with this annual family-friendly festival showcasing a variety of Asian cultures through food, art, performances and activities.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 29.

Top of the Morning, April 27, 2017

Champaign's Sholem Aquatic Center — like most of the area's public pools — doesn't open for another month.

But on Monday, they began pumping some 900,000 gallons of water into the various pools and lazy river. The process carried into Wednesday.

Standout pair get top honors from C-U Special Recreation

CHAMPAIGN — This year's outstanding special recreation athletes in Champaign-Urbana share two traits: enthusiasm and sportsmanship.

On Monday night, Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation honored Sophia Tomaso and Patrick Tessene for their accomplishments both on and off the field at the organization's annual banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Urbana council revives Boneyard Creek Commission

URBANA — The Urbana City Council unanimously agreed Monday to start reconvening a Boneyard Creek Commission for oversight on the area's developments.

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MUSIC SCENE

Trumpets take center stage

The Champaign-Urbana celebration of the run-up to International Jazz Day, which falls on April 30 this year, will take place from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Art Theater in downtown Champaign, with an after-party at the Esquire Lounge.

Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: Help protect waterways

If you were to launch a canoe in the Boneyard Creek on the University of Illinois campus and head downstream until you hit the Gulf of Mexico, you would travel roughly 1,400 miles on the water.

Top of the Morning, April 22, 2017

A month from today is the grand opening of the Bruce Hannon Levee Trail just west of Monticello. But why wait?

At last weekend's workday at the Land Conservation Foundation's Sangamon River Corridor Reserve, the scenery was stunning.