Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

UC Sanitary District to negotiate water sale to Cronus

URBANA — Sanitary district board members on Thursday approved negotiations for the sale of treated wastewater to a proposed $1.2-billion fertilizer plant in Tuscola.

But they did so without the support of environmentalists who worry that diverting water for industrial use will diminish the health of local rivers.

Raffle offering first use of Urbana pool features

URBANA — Swimming pool fans can enter a raffle to be part of a history-making event: being the first person to use various features at Urbana's new Crystal Lake Park aquatics center.

A First Ride Down the Slide Raffle is being held between now and June 27 to raise money for the Urbana Park District's youth scholarship fund.

Rantoul rec director retiring after 39 years

When Rich Thomas joined the Rantoul Recreation Department as program manager, the department was charged with oversight of the town swimming pool and a few parks in town.

That's about it.

Since then it's grown a little. OK, a lot.

Today (for a few more weeks at least), Thomas oversees a program that has greatly expanded in scope and nature.

Bobcat kittens clawing their way back to wild

URBANA — Two baby bobcats under the care of the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic are ready to begin the next stage in their journey to be released back into the wild, according to the UI College of Veterinary Medicine.

Breakfast in the Park making mornings fun, tasty

DANVILLE — Amanda Nardoni had heard about Quaker Oats' Breakfast in the Park program before, but Tuesday morning was the first time she took her four kids.

Now the breakfast in Danville's Lincoln Park may become a morning ritual this summer.

2013 Naughtin Open at Lake of the Woods

Lake of the Woods Golf Course hosted the first round of the 2013 Naughtin Open on Saturday June 8, 2013.

Contract for new Leonhard facility approved

Work on 2-story, 39,000-square-foot center set to begin in a few weeks

CHAMPAIGN — Construction of a new Leonhard Recreation Center should be underway in a matter of weeks after the park board on Wednesday night approved a $5.3 million contract to move forward with the project.

Crystal Lake pool opening held up - by water

URBANA — It's just not right that the opening of the new public swimming pool in Urbana is being delayed because it's been too wet.

But that's the dilemma faced by the Urbana Park District as it again pushes back the opening of its Crystal Lake Park aquatic center, originally planned for early June, then June 15 and now June 20 or later.

Caves exhibit recreates paintings — and a sense of life in era

There's something you've never seen before at the Field Museum, even though it's been around 17,000 years or so.

"Field Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux," a display that runs through early September at the Chicago museum, takes you back to the days when a flint-headed spear was state-of-the-art for running down deer.

Gibson city considering options to fight vandalism

GIBSON CITY — Council members are considering a variety of options to deter restroom vandalism at city parks.

There have been three incidents already this spring at the North Park. The most recent — damage to a heater unit — was found during a tour at this week's parks and buildings committee meeting.