Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Updated: Crystal Lake pool to open on July 4

URBANA — Delayed for more than a month, Urbana's $9.1 million Crystal Lake Park Aquatic Center finally will open Thursday.

The Urbana Park District received approval Wednesday morning from inspectors for the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the city of Urbana, permitting it to open the pool at 9:30 a.m.

Atwood-Hammond youth baseball gun raffle nets over $31,000

A youth baseball league in East Central Illinois will soon be deciding how to spend some of the money from a fundraiser that brought in more than $30,000.

The Atwood-Hammond Youth Baseball League held a raffle over the weekend for an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, which brought in $31,500.  The winner of the rifle is a man who lives in West Virginia.

Crystal Lake pool won't open, but event still on for Saturday

URBANA — Urbana's new outdoor aquatic center, scheduled to open early this month, won't be open to swimmers until Wednesday at the earliest.

Race to finish Crystal Lake Pool will be close

URBANA — Saturday's scheduled opening of Urbana's $9.1 million outdoor aquatic center is going down to the wire, the executive director of the Urbana Park District acknowledged Monday.

UC Sanitary District to negotiate water sale to Cronus

URBANA — Sanitary district board members on Thursday approved negotiations for the sale of treated wastewater to a proposed $1.2-billion fertilizer plant in Tuscola.

But they did so without the support of environmentalists who worry that diverting water for industrial use will diminish the health of local rivers.

Rantoul rec director retiring after 39 years

When Rich Thomas joined the Rantoul Recreation Department as program manager, the department was charged with oversight of the town swimming pool and a few parks in town.

That's about it.

Since then it's grown a little. OK, a lot.

Today (for a few more weeks at least), Thomas oversees a program that has greatly expanded in scope and nature.

Raffle offering first use of Urbana pool features

URBANA — Swimming pool fans can enter a raffle to be part of a history-making event: being the first person to use various features at Urbana's new Crystal Lake Park aquatics center.

A First Ride Down the Slide Raffle is being held between now and June 27 to raise money for the Urbana Park District's youth scholarship fund.

Breakfast in the Park making mornings fun, tasty

DANVILLE — Amanda Nardoni had heard about Quaker Oats' Breakfast in the Park program before, but Tuesday morning was the first time she took her four kids.

Now the breakfast in Danville's Lincoln Park may become a morning ritual this summer.

Bobcat kittens clawing their way back to wild

URBANA — Two baby bobcats under the care of the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic are ready to begin the next stage in their journey to be released back into the wild, according to the UI College of Veterinary Medicine.

2013 Naughtin Open at Lake of the Woods

Lake of the Woods Golf Course hosted the first round of the 2013 Naughtin Open on Saturday June 8, 2013.