Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Tom Kacich: C-U's minor flirtation with pro baseball

100 years ago, team won its league but couldn't manage to win over enough wallets

Champaign-Urbana's brief history as the home of minor league baseball ended 100 years go this summer when its entry in the oddly named Illinois-Missouri League folded, followed soon by the entire league.

Grand opening set for Leonhard rec center

CHAMPAIGN — Pat Warmbier is one of the lucky ones — she had the walking track at the new Leonhard Recreation Center all to herself last week.

"It's so much bigger and open," she said of the new facility.

Officials are putting the finishing touches on the new, $5.4 million recreation center as they prepare for its official grand opening Saturday.

Harsh winter has fish orders on rise

DANVILLE — When the foot-thick ice on Raymond Calton's 1-acre pond finally thawed in March, many of the fish in it were floating — and dead.

"This was a bad year as far as freeze-up," Calton said as he waited Friday afternoon to pick up the hundreds of new fish he ordered to restock the pond on his property, off Henning Road in Vermilion County.

Top state official sees good promise at resort

But tour shows it to be in a generally unkempt state

FINDLAY — A top official with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said he feels confident that the Eagle Creek Resort, closed since July 2009, can be reopened and can be financially successful.

Updated: New Central High School site proposed

CHAMPAIGN — Three months after announcing that northern Champaign likely would be the site of a new Central High School, officials now are talking with the Champaign Park District about another option.

Entertainment listings, April 24-May1, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Reception for retiring Urbana parks director on Monday

URBANA — A public reception to recognize Vicki Mayes, retiring executive director of the Urbana Park District, will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., Urbana.

Mayes announced her retirement last September,  just months after she helped open the $9 million outdoor aquatics center at Crystal Lake Park.

Urbana track available to public

If you're looking for a place to walk or run, Urbana has a locale for you.

Six days before the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon passes through town, Urbana High School announced its track will be available to the public starting this week.

The track may be used by the public from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays.

Allerton documentary premieres this week

MONTICELLO — Ebertfest won't be the only place to see movies this week.

The Allerton Park and Retreat Center will premiere, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, the documentary "Land of Plenty: Robert Allerton and His Gift to Illinois."

Entertainment listings, April 17-24, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend