Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Reviews mostly positive for new Urbana pool plans

URBANA – A $7 million Crystal Lake aquatic center, proposed for the site of the original Crystal Lake Pool, got generally positive marks Tuesday at a park district-sponsored open house.

A morning session attracted about 30 people to the Phillips Recreation Center, while about 50 were at the evening session.

Meetings set Tuesday for new pool in Urbana

URBANA – Urbana Park District residents Tuesday get a chance to review and comment on plans for an outdoor aquatics center that could cost up to $7 million and would be located on the site of the old Crystal Lake Pool in north Urbana.

Sarah "Sally" McFarland Carillon and Carillon Legacy Gardens dedication 2010

Guests of the  Sarah "Sally" McFarland Carillon and Carillon Legacy Gardens dedication gather at the site  on the south quad in Urbana, Ill on Friday, Oct. 22, 2010. 

University of Illinois 100th Homecoming - Parade and Pep Rally

The University of Illinois celebrates its 100th homecoming during a parade and pep rally in Champaign and Urbana, Ill on Friday, Oct. 22, 2010. 

Virginia, Early American Museum, Anita Purves get state grants

SPRINGFIELD – Three public facilities in Champaign County have been awarded a total of more than a million dollars in state grant funds.

Urbana seeks comments on proposed replacement for Crystal Lake Pool

URBANA – Urbana Park District officials are proposing an outdoor swimming pool with a "sprayground" and two smaller pools that would cost up to $7 million and would be located on the site of the old Crystal Lake Pool in north Urbana.

Approval expected on resolution to Paxton school gym issue

PAXTON – The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board and the Paxton Park District board are expected to approve a contract next month allowing the use of school gyms for park district programs.

The agreement, reached last week, requires the park district to begin paying $3,000 yearly for the use of gyms for the adult volleyball and men's basketball leagues.

Two men fixing Rantoul park's broken benches

RANTOUL – Bob Deiter and Berl Peavler are fixing up the benches in a park tucked away on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

Deiter, a 81-year-old Rantoul resident, and Peavler, an 86-year-old from Thomasboro, have been restoring benches in the dilapidated park for the past four months.

UI scientist offering leaflet on identifying ash borer

URBANA – After the recent infestation of the emerald ash borer in trees in Rantoul, University of Illinois entomologist Jim Appleby is offering a four-page color leaflet that can help homeowners identify the pest and the telltale D-shaped holes it leaves when it exits an infested tree.

The leaflet includes close-up photos that help people know what to look for.

Preserve finalizing Homer Lake playscape plans

HOMER – The playscape at Homer Lake Forest Preserve is one step closer to completion.

Pam Leiter, coordinator of environmental education with the Champaign County Forest Preserve, said the project is still in its planning stages, but the preserve has a conceptual plan and is working to finalize the details of the project.