Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Mahomet museum gets national recognition

MAHOMET – Museum evaluators say that outstanding outreach efforts with the community were a primary reason why the Early American Museum at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet has been awarded the highest national recognition a museum can receive – accreditation by the American Association of Museums.

Museum director Cheryl Kennedy said this marks the fourth time the Early American Museum achieved national accreditation.

Fourth of July show unlikely to return to UI

CHAMPAIGN – Whether you like watching fireworks at Dodds Park or not, you'd better get used to it.

Planners say it's unlikely the show will return to its former home near Memorial Stadium even after construction there is complete.

Deal puts proposed bike path on the road to reality

MONTICELLO – The first portion of a proposed regional bike trail running from Allerton Park east to Champaign-Urbana and eventually to Kickapoo State Park in Vermilion County could be in place by the end of the summer.

Monticello Superintendent Floyd Allsop told the Monticello Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday that the city has signed an agreement with Heartland Pathways to acquire a stretch of an abandoned railroad bed as the first part of a proposed hiking and biking trail linking Monticello with Allerton Park.

State grant too late to save Chanute air show

RANTOUL – Two months after the loss of a state grant nearly caused the Chanute Air Museum to close, the state has changed its mind and decided to award the grant anyway.

But the grant comes too late to save the museum's air show, which has been grounded for 2008.

Conservation district plans photo contest

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a local photo contest.

Participants may submit pictures with a nature theme or something that portrays the essence of the environment. Categories and suggestions include:

Parks official adds arborist to list of titles

DANVILLE – As Danville's parks and public property superintendent, Steve Lane has been involved with the design of a range of projects, including flower beds and Temple Plaza.

Recently, he finished coursework that will give him one more title: certified arborist.

Larkin's Place is in the heart

Amy Armstrong remembers the very moment it came to her, why it turned out to be her daughter – the child she and her husband, Andy, longed so much to have – who was born with disabilities.

Call it a voice whispering inside her head.

Crews work to fill waters with trout for fishing season

MAHOMET – If your kids ever ask you, "Mommy, where do fish come from?" now you can tell them.

Fish come from a big white truck that has "Fish" painted on the side. The man takes a fish funnel that leads into a pipe, drains the truck, the fish jump into the lake and they live fishily ever after.

City, park district to discuss development of former landfill

CHAMPAIGN – The old Champaign municipal landfill would become a community park offering a mountain bike skills course and a BMX bicycle racing track, a sledding hill, a dog park, a model airplane field and an 18-hole disc golf course under a plan for reuse of the 90-acre site.

But development of the park, which would also include 3 miles of walking trails, probably won't even begin for seven to 10 years and then is expected to proceed in stages, according to Champaign Park District officials. The park will cost between $10 million and $15 million to develop.

Climate change could help bugs, hurt plants

Higher carbon dioxide levels associated with man-made emissions – generally thought to play into climate change and global warming – appear to make plants, soybeans anyway, more susceptible to insect damage by impairing their chemical defensive systems.