Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Mark your calendars: The forecast for '14

A look at the dates you should circle in next year's planners, courtesy staff writers Bob Asmussen and Julie Wurth:


Golf in December: Definitely not par for course

Two weeks ago, you were knee deep in snow and planning for a white Christmas.

Today, you can crack open that box of Titleists you found under the tree and play 18.

Paxton park board fills vacant seat

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District Board of Commissioners has ended its seven-month search for a new board member.

After Eric Evans and Kathleen McCabe opted not to seek re-election in last April's election and Jennifer Snelling resigned in May, Sally Bemount was voted in as a write-in candidate for one of those seats, and Kaye Harper was appointed as replacement for Snelling.

Recreation chief named new executive director

CHAMPAIGN — Continuity was the overriding theme Monday night as Champaign Park District board members selected longtime recreation director Joe DeLuce as the agency's next executive director.

He'll take over control of the park district beginning Jan. 1. Retiring director Bobbie Herakovich announced earlier this year that her last day would be Dec. 31 after 12 years in charge.

Bryant Cottage still drawing crowds after surviving budget ax

BEMENT — Tammy Altepeter of St. Louis held the hand of her 10-year-old son as they toured the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site recently.

"Cool!" Tommy said as the boy checked out a 19th-century table in the cottage's parlor. "Mom, do you think Abraham Lincoln sat at this table?"

Virginia Theatre delaying holiday screening to go digital

CHAMPAIGN — The Virginia Theater is getting a new projector.

And, yes, Virginia, that means a holiday classic will have to be delayed.

But when next you see Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, they'll be in sharper digital shadows on the screen.

Tom Kacich: Rail trail would have tourism, health benefits

The 24.5-mile Kickapoo Rail Trail from Urbana to Danville likely won't be a big economic bonanza for Champaign and Vermilion counties, but it will boost tourism, make bike riding and long-distance running safer and help promote healthier lifestyles.

That's the opinion of local tourism officials, and those who already have long-distance bike trails in their communities.

Vermilion County assembling funding for rail trail

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Conservation District is pulling together the funding pieces for its portion of a planned recreation trail on an abandoned railroad line between Kickapoo State Park and Urbana.

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Villa Grove to look into building dog park



VILLA GROVE — The city council has agreed to research the feasibility of installing a dog park in Richman Sports Complex, in response to residents' requests.

Alderman Tony Hooker said he had been approached by residents about the possibility of providing a dog park at the southern edge of Richman Sports Complex. The area is currently unused.