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Which rough railroad crossing is being removed this week? Why changes are planned for the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center this summer and next fall? And will the grounds at Woodlawn Cemetery be in better shape for Memorial Day than it was for Mother’s Day? (Visitors sure hope so!).

City signed agreement with trails association allowing it to develop parts of Harrison Park for recreation. The group has been busy raising grant money and is building a parking lot on the west side of the park and soon hopes to start building a mountain-biking trail.

A new pedestrian bridge is on the way in Urbana’s Crystal Lake Park, and it’s going to be twice the width of the current one so both walkers and bicyclists will have room.

The Sousa Archives began its life in August 1932 when 39 trunks and two boxes of John Philip Sousa’s original music manuscripts were donated to the University of Illinois to help preserve the March King’s legacy.

Champaign's newest youth basketball team rides uses wheelchairs, and is coached by a Paralympic medalist. “We’re flying through different skills, and it’s only been three weeks,” Coach Kaitlyn Eaton said. 

The village consulted with Farnsworth Group engineers to lead the village through the process, which took about a year and a half. The process also included several open houses, stakeholder meetings and a survey on the village website.

The city of Champaign was awarded $500,000 for construction of the first phase of Neil Street Plaza — one of 89 projects across the state being funded. If all goes well, the goal would be to start construction on phase one of the plaza in early 2024.

Village President Sean Widener said while voter turnout was relatively low, “clear direction was received, which was a majority of the community does not want to pay for or support the plan for a new recreation center and pool as presented.”