Parks and Recreation
It is a Lincoln theme for many events this Fourth of July.
And what could be more apropos with this year's celebration of the 200th birthday of our 16th president?
WESTVILLE – The Vermilion County Conservation District still has room in some of its summer outdoor camps for children at Forest Glen Preserve.
The camps are designed for specific age groups, and registration and fee payment are required in advance.
CHAMPAIGN – Sally Feller was up early on a recent morning, arriving at the Champaign Park District's new dog park shortly after 7 a.m. with her dogs, Cassidy and Trooper.
Cassidy and Trooper's excitement at arriving at the park is evident, as they literally pull Feller inside the main gate to the fenced-in park. Once inside, she slips off their leashes.
OAKWOOD – As the worm wriggled in her fingers, Alex Davis' face scrunched up at the ickiness.
But learning to fish was one of the 16-year-old Danville girl's tasks for the day, so she baited the hook of her borrowed fishing rod.
URBANA – Park officials in Urbana are using July to begin planning for a possible replacement pool at Crystal Lake Park.
This is the first summer since 1927 that there is no swimming at an outdoor pool in the park – the result of major structural and mechanical failures at the pool last summer as well as the failure in 2008 of a tax increase proposal that would have paid for millions of dollars in improvements at the facility.
DANVILLE – The GAO Grotto and the Danville Boat Club will sponsor their joint Parade of Lights on Lake Vermilion at 9 p.m. Friday.
Prior to the parade, food will be served at both locations, which will be open to the public for the event.
CHAMPAIGN – The Orpheum Children's Science Museum doesn't have specific plans at this point of precisely how it would use the $500,000 proposed in the state capital bill for expansion.
But the museum would like to expand to the north with a multistory building perhaps two or three years down the road, said Sonya Darter, the museum's executive director.
CHAMPAIGN – The Taste of Champaign was decidedly soggy Friday evening, with at least two trees down and several exhibits damaged. The event was called off for the night and will open Saturday.
Several of Georgia Morgan's displays were destroyed. She couldn't estimate how many hours she put into them, and said she'd be back Saturday.
CHAMPAIGN – The recession isn't hurting participation by local restaurants in this year's Taste of Champaign-Urbana, opening at 5 p.m. today in West Side Park in Champaign.
There's actually one more food vendor this year – 27 – than last year, according to Katie Flint, special events manager for the Champaign Park District.
WESTVILLE – The Vermilion County Chapter of Pheasants Forever is about to make its dream come true, and the Vermilion County Conservation District will benefit from that dream.