Parks and Recreation

Sadorus All-Stars 4-H club plants trees in Tolono's East Side Park

TOLONO — The Sadorus All-Stars 4H Club revieved $400 from the 2018 Farm Credit Illinois Community Improvement Grants program to improve East Side Park in Tolono with quality windbreak and shade trees. The club planted four trees in the park.

Having a super time

The Savoy Recreation Center held its annual Mother/Son Superhero Ball on Feb. 26. Moms and sons came dressed as their favorite superheroes or in “disguise” in formalwear to enjoy games, music and snacks. Every superhero received a gift.  

Eagle Scout builds batting cage

Ballplayers will have some a batting cage to enjoy at Travis Field in Prairie Fields Park, thanks to a Savoy teenager.
Cameron Baker, 15, organized the construction of the 70-foot-by-12-foot batting cage for practices and games as his Eagle Scout project.
“I was always a part of Little League,” the Troop 121 member said.

Read the full story in the Nov. 9 issue.

Grand opening held for new park features

There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the new Free Note Harmony Park and Born Learning Trail on Aug. 26 at Colbert Park.
Free Note Harmony Park is dedicated in honor of Dana and Helen Colbert and Dana Colbert Jr.
Cathy Colbert Inman and Roger Inman were on hand for the event.

Read the full story in the Sept. 7 issue of The County Star.

Ribbon-cutting set for park learning trail, instrument installation

The Colbert Park Learning Trail and Freenotes Harmony Musical Instrument installation will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their grand opening from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 26 at Colbert Park in Savoy. 
Savoy Village President Joan Dykstra will perform the ribbon-cutting honors for the two installations.

Bike/pedestrian plan now available to view online

The final Savoy Bike and Pedestrian Plan is now available to the public at the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission website,
The study area for the 320-page plan includes Savoy and its surrounding area, totaling 9.1 square miles.

Read the full story in the May 18 issue of The County Star.

Raffle raises money for equipment

Five $1,000 winners of the Tolono Park District raffle were drawn last Thursday night at Monical’s Pizza in Tolono.
The park district sold nearly 1,000 tickets at $10 each to raise funds for new softball and baseball equipment for the 2017 season. Ticket sales started in mid-September, and many were sold during the soccer season.

Park flagpole dedicated

There was a dedication of a new flagpole at on Veterans Day at East Side Park in Tolono.
Veterans of Tolono group members Jim Cook, Bill Kirby and the late Al Mohr initiated the idea to do something at East Side Park. Cook and Veterans of Tolono group members George Henderson and Jim Compton followed through with it.

Read the full story in the Nov. 24 issue of The County Star.

Eagle Scout service project improves park

Kendal Hewing, a member of Boy Scout Troop 66, led a landscaping project at East Side Park, and in so doing completed the final requirement needed to earn the Eagle Scout rank.
For his project, Kendal Hewing, 18, decided to landscape the park’s entrance and around the park district’s building. He also built an entrance sign during a work day on Nov. 5.

RC Fest brings competitors

The sixth annual RC Fest was held Aug. 13 at West Side Park.
Adam Munds, 15, who was born needing platelets to keep him alive, started the event for remote controlled cars and trucks as a fundraiser for Comty Blood Services of Illinois. Community Blood Services also brought its Bloodmobile for a blood drive.

Read the full story in the Aug. 25 issue of The County Star.

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