Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Applications being taken for 'Anyone Can Ski' program

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Ski Club is accepting applications for its new "Anyone Can Ski" program for people with disabilities.

The club is raising funds to send a skier and a guardian or companion on a ski trip to the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. The center helps people with many types of disabilities learn to ski and enjoy mountain fun.

Vermilion County Museum, Danville visitors bureau dedicate exhibits

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Museum and the Danville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau will dedicate two additional Looking for Lincoln Wayside Exhibits on Monday.

The museum's site will have its ceremony at its buildings at 116 N. Gilbert St. and the dedication for the exhibit to eventually be placed at the city hall parking lot will follow at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St.

Bike-trail officials optimistic about deal with CSX

HOMER – Officials involved in the proposed 24.5-mile Kickapoo bike trail between Urbana and Danville are increasingly optimistic they can acquire the necessary right of way by the end of this year.

Crystal Lake likely to reopen this week after spill

URBANA – Crystal Lake may be reopened Thursday or Friday after a fuel spill a week ago leaked into the lake.

The lake has been closed to boating and fishing since construction equipment at Carle Foundation Hospital's parking garage leaked diesel fuel last week, according to Derek Liebert, project manager for the Urbana Park District.

New structure in Mahomet is 'piering' at possibilities

MAHOMET – A $197,000 fully accessible fishing pier will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Champaign County Forest Preserve District's newest park, the River Bend Forest Preserve south of Mahomet.

The aluminum "possibility pier," which was designed for disabled fishers but is open to the able-bodied as well, was built with $82,167 in grant funds from the Kellogg Foundation and the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, with the remainder coming from forest preserve district. The project at River Bend is one of three area fishing pier projects for the disabled that have been funded by the partnership. One pier at Urbana's Crystal Lake Park is already open, and plans for another, at Kaufman Lake in Champaign, are being developed.

Vermilion County reading program winners named

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Museum Society has announced the winners of a drawing held for the "Celebrating Lincoln Summer Reading Program."

The reading program was held in 10 libraries and involved reading books about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War or Illinois history. Participants who read 12 to 24 books and returned their cards to the museum were placed in a drawing for prizes.

Donations start rolling in for Savoy baseball diamond

SAVOY – A few weeks ago, Robby and Shelly Cekander announced their mission to build a baseball diamond at Prairie Fields Park in Savoy.

Their goal is to raise $50,000 through private donations from individuals and businesses over the course of the next year. They're hoping to see about $7,000 to $8,000 of that in the near future so they can get the basics of the field completed this fall. Cekander said it would take about four to five days to complete that portion.

Charges expected following shootout in Mattoon

MATTOON – Police responding to a call for assistance to prevent a reported suicide attempt at a Mattoon apartment building found themselves involved in a shootout with a Shelbyville man over the weekend.

Matthew D. Thomas, 26, who listed an address in Shelbyville, was wounded early Saturday morning and taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center for treatment, according to a Mattoon police report.

School's out; now what? Some holiday help for parents

CHAMPAIGN – Monday, Labor Day, marks the first official holiday of this school year, and plenty more will follow.

In Champaign, there's a fall holiday (Sept. 28), Veterans Day (Nov. 11), parent-teacher conference day (Oct. 30), Thanksgiving break (Nov. 26-27) and of course, the two week-winter break (Dec. 21-Jan. 1). And that's just the first semester.

Labor Day parade's theme marks group's 50th year

URBANA – "We Are One – 50 Years of Labor United" will be the theme of the annual AFL-CIO parade, to be held in conjunction with the annual Labor Day picnic Monday in Urbana.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Illinois Street and Broadway Avenue, just south of Lincoln Square Village. It will continue south on Broadway Avenue, then east on Washington Street to Lierman Avenue.