Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Open-house visitors get firsthand look at Virginia Theatre's renovations

CHAMPAIGN – Sunday afternoon's Virginia Theatre open house brought back pleasant memories for Mary Wood of Champaign, whose son, Steve Wood, worked there as a manager in the 1970s.

UI grad to take over as leader of Urbana and Champaign Sanitary District

URBANA – Rick Manner, the assistant general manager of the Fox River Water Reclamation District in Elgin, has been hired as executive director of the Urbana and Champaign Sanitary District.

Manner will replace Mike Little, who is retiring on May 27 after 13 years at the sanitary district, including the last seven as its director.

New golf pro at Harrison Park Golf Course hits the ground running

DANVILLE – On his second day as the new golf professional at Harrison Park Golf Course on Wednesday, Matthew Toney had not yet found the time to play the 18-hole course that he is now leasing from the city as an independent contractor.

Ex-St. Jude patient leads Parkland effort to build healing garden there over spring break

Jeremiah Godby imagines children playing hide-and-seek in the labyrinth of a new hospital garden.

He imagines parents finding relief from the stress of a child's illness and making new friends of other parents facing the same situation.

He imagines doctors and nurses finding a respite there too.

Two Champaign projects win architectural design awards from foundation

CHAMPAIGN – Two projects that transformed the area between downtown Champaign and Campustown won architectural design awards at the Champaign County Design and Conservation Foundation's annual meeting Sunday.

Journey for answers leads two California men to Danville to recover sword

DANVILLE – Two California men arrived in Danville just over a week ago. Each had his own story, his own mission.

But along their journey for answers, their stories came together with a goal – to recover a sword.

Ex-Urbana parks director nominated to forest board

URBANA – The former director of the Urbana Park District may join the former director of the Champaign Park District as an appointed member of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District board.

Supporters making push to preserve soapbox derby

RANTOUL – Eight-year-old Joshua Ostrander has been asking for years when it would be his turn to compete in a soapbox derby.

He'd seen his brother, Mark, 15, of Rantoul, one of the foremost soapbox derby drivers in the country, compete for a long time.

Rantoul park landmark sent out to pasture

An old Illinois Central railroad caboose headed south this month from Rantoul, but not on tracks.

It was moved from Constitution Grove, where it had been parked for years, to a farm in rural Paxton.

Mayor Neal Williams said he and Village Administrator Bruce Sandahl approached the village board about getting rid of the caboose last fall.

Danville to consider contractor to run Harrison Park

DANVILLE – The city of Danville has a new tentative agreement with a golf professional who plans to lease Harrison Park Golf Course and run the city-owned facility as an independent contractor.