Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

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.

Paxton dog park officially opens Saturday

PAXTON — It's hard to tell who is more excited about the city's dog park opening later this month: Jon and Angie Russell or their American foxhounds, Lily and Rascal.

"They're having a blast," Jon Russell said Monday, as his dogs gave the new fenced-in facility at Coady Park a test run.

Latest sculpture installed in 'perfect' place

URBANA — Parks officials have seemingly found the ideal location for an aluminum sculpture called "Water."

The 11-foot-tall, 600-pound piece by Chicago artist Michael Young was installed late last month between the new Crystal Lake Park Aquatic Center and the Anita Purves Nature Center, about 100 yards from the Saline Branch, which flows through the park.

School, park districts to settle with Carle over property taxes

URBANA — The city's school and park districts next week will vote on an agreement with the Carle Foundation, "settling Carle's real estate tax-related claims against the districts."

'Everyone has a blast' playing pickleball

Late this spring, Denton Hird was cleaning out the gym of the Boys & Girls Club of Danville when he came upon some composite paddles, perforated plastic balls and a net.

The equipment immediately took him back to his grade school days when he and his classmates played pickleball in physical education.

Urbana-to-Kickapoo rail line all under local ownership at last

URBANA — After some 20 years of planning, negotiating, grant writing and fundraising, an abandoned railroad line finally is under local ownership and available for development as a recreation trail.