Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Paxton dog park officially opens Saturday

PAXTON — It's hard to tell who is more excited about the city's dog park opening later this month: Jon and Angie Russell or their American foxhounds, Lily and Rascal.

"They're having a blast," Jon Russell said Monday, as his dogs gave the new fenced-in facility at Coady Park a test run.

Latest sculpture installed in 'perfect' place

URBANA — Parks officials have seemingly found the ideal location for an aluminum sculpture called "Water."

The 11-foot-tall, 600-pound piece by Chicago artist Michael Young was installed late last month between the new Crystal Lake Park Aquatic Center and the Anita Purves Nature Center, about 100 yards from the Saline Branch, which flows through the park.

School, park districts to settle with Carle over property taxes

URBANA — The city's school and park districts next week will vote on an agreement with the Carle Foundation, "settling Carle's real estate tax-related claims against the districts."

'Everyone has a blast' playing pickleball

Late this spring, Denton Hird was cleaning out the gym of the Boys & Girls Club of Danville when he came upon some composite paddles, perforated plastic balls and a net.

The equipment immediately took him back to his grade school days when he and his classmates played pickleball in physical education.

Urbana-to-Kickapoo rail line all under local ownership at last

URBANA — After some 20 years of planning, negotiating, grant writing and fundraising, an abandoned railroad line finally is under local ownership and available for development as a recreation trail.

Supporters confident they can raise necessary money for trail

Supporters of the Urbana to Kickapoo State Park recreation trail say they're confident they can generate funds and support for the long-awaited project.

11.55 percent tax hike under consideration for Urbana parks

URBANA — The Urbana Park District is proposing a double-digit increase in its property tax levy, for taxes to be paid next spring.

Final action on the tax levy ordinance will be taken at the park board's next meeting on Nov. 12.

'Lights On After School' set for Oct. 17

DANVILLE — Project Success of Vermilion County Inc. will hold a "Lights On After School" celebration on Oct. 17 at Kennekuk County Park.

The event will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the White Oak Barn at the county park, 22296 Henning Road, Danville.

When Chicago was the center of the world ...

The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition presaged many of the most important innovations that continue into the 21st century, including the widespread use of electric lighting, new discoveries in science, and the forerunners of both the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry.

And, perhaps most importantly, Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Gum. Or, for hipsters, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

Park district to seek public input on new director

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Park District will ask for residents' input as it looks for a new executive director.

The current director, Bobbie Herakovich, has announced that she will retire at the end of the year, and the park district is working with a search firm to find her successor.