Parks and Recreation

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.

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.

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