Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Parade of Lights canceled; tree lighting rescheduled

CHAMPAIGN – The seventh annual Parade of Lights, which was to have been held in downtown Champaign on Saturday evening, was canceled by the ice and wet weather early Saturday afternoon.

The tree lighting ceremony, which was scheduled to begin at One Main Plaza at approximately 6:45 p.m., will be rescheduled.

Urbana park board critical of limiting rise in tax rate

URBANA – A suggestion that the Urbana Park District should slightly limit, for a year or two, the impact of a proposed 25-cent increase in the park district's property tax rate got a chilly reception Friday.

At a park board study session, board President Michael Walker suggested that, if city voters approve the proposed tax rate increase in the Feb. 5 primary, the board might want to juggle its tax levy to reduce the overall tax rate increase by 3.5 cents for the first year and possibly by a smaller amount the second year, before implementing the full 25-cent increase.

Pow Wows eager to defend design title

TUSCOLA – The Tuscola football team won't be the only group from the Douglas County seat with a championship to defend on Friday.

Volunteers from the Pow Wows of Tuscola High School, the Warrior's booster organization, will be at work Friday morning putting up hundreds of decorations inside Tent City outside of Memorial Stadium.

See you at Tent City, Westville fans

CHAMPAIGN – When the Westville Tigers and their supporters arrive in Champaign on Friday for their Class 2A state championship football game against Dakota, their tent will be warm and ready.

Tent City, an entrenched and highly popular feature of the state high school football tournament, will be back again this weekend.

Urbana park board expected to seek tax increase

URBANA – The Urbana park board is expected to ask voters to increase the district's property tax rate by 25 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

Park board members will decide tonight whether to place the question on the Feb. 5 primary ballot. The board meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Vintage warplanes to be displayed at Frasca Field

URBANA – The Frasca Air Museum will display vintage World War II aircraft to the public today.

If the weather permits, six to 10 planes will be available for viewing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., free of charge, according to Nic Hansen, a director of the Frasca Air Museum board.

Champaign wants path on Marathon Oil easement

CHAMPAIGN – City officials want future subdivision developers whose projects take in the Marathon Oil pipeline easement to be required to build a multiuse trail on the easement.

The Champaign Plan Commission will consider the idea – a proposed amendment to the city's subdivision regulations – at its meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

Park district staying on path picked by residents

CHAMPAIGN – Don Schum may be 78 years old, but he's not too old to get out and walk nearly every day.

On a recent afternoon, Schum, a Champaign resident, was walking on the 8-foot-wide concrete path that loops around Hessel Park with his friend, Darrell White.

Georgetown event overflowing with holiday spirit

GEORGETOWN – In its 17th year, the Georgetown Holiday Gathering just keeps getting bigger.

An event that started in a barn south of Georgetown has spread across this city south of Interstate 74 and offers everything from antiques and collectibles to jewelry and sweatshirts as well as every holiday decoration imaginable.

Rantoul skateboarders get new place to spin wheels

RANTOUL – The Rantoul skate park is now open for energetic youths wanting to practice and perfect their Ollie's, frontsides and heelflips.

The village board bought the 4-year-old equipment from Paris in Edgar County and had it installed on two tennis courts at Wabash Park. Recreation director Rich Thomas said the project stayed under its $20,000 budget, and the same equipment purchased new would have been twice that.