Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Rantoul park landmark sent out to pasture

An old Illinois Central railroad caboose headed south this month from Rantoul, but not on tracks.

It was moved from Constitution Grove, where it had been parked for years, to a farm in rural Paxton.

Mayor Neal Williams said he and Village Administrator Bruce Sandahl approached the village board about getting rid of the caboose last fall.

Danville to consider contractor to run Harrison Park

DANVILLE – The city of Danville has a new tentative agreement with a golf professional who plans to lease Harrison Park Golf Course and run the city-owned facility as an independent contractor.

Welcome to Champaign!

I thank the gentleman from the other side of the Birkenstock Curtain for his report.

But I respectfully suggest that if his desire is truly to illuminate the high points of the temporary home of our neighbors to the east, he has left out a few items.

St. Joseph parks chief proposes staffing, pay cuts for summer program

ST. JOSEPH – Parks and Recreation Director Victoria Waybright told trustees during a village board meeting Tuesday that she wanted to have a balanced budget by the end of the year.

She plans on doing this by cutting the number of counselors at the Summer Daze program from 22 to 15, with one supervisor. She proposed that counselors also receive a pay cut.

Freshman lawmaker takes friendly initiation in stride

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin, got his first bill out of committee Tuesday, but not without some freshman hazing from other members of the House Agriculture Committee.

Urbana park board takes step to speed financing if voters approve pool

URBANA-- Urbana park board members Tuesday night provisionally approved issuing $7 million in general obligation bonds to finance construction of a new aquatic center at Crystal Lake Park.

Strong Kids Campaign aims to raise $125,000

CHAMPAIGN – A family of five living on a graduate student's income doesn't have a lot of money for extras, like tumbling class and basketball.

So Tina Stone is grateful for the help she received from the Champaign County YMCA, which provides scholarships for families on a tight budget.

Urbana board to weigh bond sales for pool project

URBANA – The Urbana Park District hopes to get a jump on building its family aquatic center even before voters decide whether to approve a property tax increase to pay for it.

Tonight, the park board will consider initiating the process to sell up to $7 million in bonds to pay for the outdoor pool project at Crystal Lake Park.

Early American Museum to get updated identity

MAHOMET – Get ready for a new identity for the Early American Museum.

The museum, located at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve near Mahomet since 1968, is changing its name to Museum of the Grand Prairie.

Future bleak for Paxton swimming pool


PAXTON – The Paxton Park District is "caught between a rock and a hard place" in regards to the future of its swimming pool at Coady Park, said the park board's president, Eric Evans.