Parks and Recreation

Bike/walker plan advances

Savoy residents had a chance to comment, vote and learn about the Savoy Bike and Pedestrian Plan at a public workshop last Thursday at the Savoy Recreation Center.
Attendees were able to comment on maps of proposed pedestrian and bicycle improvements in Savoy. They were also able to vote on education, encouragement and other strategies to improve walking and biking in the village.


Papas, girls boogie to the beat at yearly event

Last Monday night was an evening many area fathers hope their daughters will look back on fondly for years to come — the Daddy Daughter Dance put on by the Savoy Recreation Center.
About 108 fathers and daughters, ages 12 and under, spent the evening dancing at the Rec Center, said Lexi Hartman who organized the event.
Hartman said the event has been held for the last 10 years.


Tolono youth given state award for coordinating blood drives

A 13-year-old Tolono resident was honored with a statewide award for his efforts to collect blood.


Time travelers

Kids explored both the past and the future at the Savoy Recreation Center’s Time Travelers Camp last week. Time periods included the Wild West to the Roaring ‘20s


Pickleball gaining local fans

A growing number of people in the area are sweet on a game with a sour-sounding name.
Pickleball is now being offered at the Savoy Recreation Center.
Combining elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong, pickleball uses a ball similar to a whiffle ball and a net slightly lower than a tennis net.

Read the full story in the July 10 issue of The County Star.


Grandstand has grand opening

Rick Kirby grew up playing on the ball diamond at Hale Park and later coached on the same field. So he was glad to be part of the festivities on June 22 as the Philo Ball Park Association held a ribbon cutting/open house ceremony to unveil the new athletic park grandstand there.
“I wouldn’t have missed it for anything,” Kirby said.


Grand opening held for park’s new basketball court

The Reinhart family of Pesotum was among those enjoying the new basketball court at Hartman Park during a grand opening celebration on June 8.
“My husband (Collin) could not wait,” Stephanie Reinhart said. “It gives us something to do.”

Read the full story in the June 19 issue of The County Star.


Boy Scouts host egg hunt

Boy Scout Troop 66 hosted its annual Easter egg hunt on April 19 at the Pesotum United Methodist Church.


Savoy Summer Camp held at Head Start school

The Savoy Recreation Center's Savoy Summer Camp was held at the Head Start building in Savoy from June 17 to 21. June 21 was Water Day.


Rain can’t keep crowds from Tolono Fun Day

Rain showers forced the postponement of Tolono Fun Day activities from Saturday afternoon and evening to Sunday. Still, food concessions, flea market vendors and bands returned, along with festival-goers, to enjoy a patriotic celebration.


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