Parks and Recreation
URBANA — Hoping to enhance their Crystal Lake Park aquatic center project, Urbana parks officials are looking into encouraging private donations with everything from donor plaques to naming rights on individual pools.
Park board members reviewed the idea at a study session Tuesday, according to park board President Michael Walker.
PAXTON — A Paxton group has raised more than $11,000 toward renovating the currently closed Paxton Park District pool at Coady Park.
The Save Our Pool committee, which formed in August, has received contributions from the community, the surrounding area and farther away, committee treasurer Gary Popel said.
NEWTOWN — The Vermilion Fishing Club recently sent another proposal to Dynegy Inc. to buy the lake-front campground the club has been leasing for more than 50 years.
CHAMPAIGN — The Virginia Theatre will wait until Wednesday for its new centerpiece, after two delays have postponed the installation of its new marquee.
RANTOUL — Championship banners line the west wall of the Irish's Gymnastics facility, trumpeting a long string of excellence.
Since owner Danny Irish opened it in 1997 at the Rantoul Plaza shopping center, he's moved it three times in the plaza to get more room.
He's moving again, but this time the move is more dramatic.
URBANA — Park district officials in Urbana are working around new obstacles to complete planning for an aquatic center at Crystal Lake Park.
They still believe, however, that they'll be able to begin construction next spring and open the facility in May 2013.
CHAMPAIGN — Carle has transferred 11 acres at the Champaign County YMCA's new construction site in southwest Champaign to the Y.
The planned land donation, announced several years ago, is valued at $1.6 million.
In addition, Carle covered about $200,000 in costs related to engineering, permits and storm water detention work at the site.
PAXTON — In the late 1960s, Kitty Anderson was a Paxton High School student who needed a summer job, so she picked the coolest place in town — literally.