Parks and Recreation

Rail Trail to expand in 2018

Construction will begin in 2018 on two small segments of the Kickapoo Rail Trail in both Champaign and Vermilion counties.
They’ll eventually be added to the 6.7-mile section — the first phase of the 24-mile trail to be completed — that was opened in August between Urbana and St. Joseph.

Village views Rails to Trials as positive

The Village of St. Joseph discussed the Rails to Trails bike path at a recent meeting.

Several trustees attended a meeting held at the St. Joseph United Methodist Church that discussed the project and how businesses could benefit from it.

Board looks at dog park

The Village of St. Joseph is examining the requirements of placing a dog park somewhere within the village.

Suzanne Rogers presented a proposal to the board asking them to consider placing a dog park within the village.

Rogers said she was motivated by posts on social media asking about dog parks closer than Champaign and Urbana.

Pools costly for local communities

Swimming pools are an expensive undertaking for municipalities.

Residents help build playground

Heritage Elementary School has a new playground.

On Sept. 6 more than 30 community members came to the grade school to help install new equipment.

"It's amazing," said Principal Kristi Sanders.

Sanders said the school has been saving for a few years to afford the $20,000 playground. The Heritage Parent Teacher Committee donated $4,000.

Changes may come to Summer Daze

Changes may be coming to Summer Daze.

Each year, the village of St. Joseph subsidizes the Parks and Recreation's summer camp. The camp is held five days a week from 8 a.m. to noon in Kolb Park in June and July.

This year, the camp had 35 campers for the first session and 20 campers in the second session.

Parks and recreation wants people to use parks


Parks and Recreation Director Victoria Becker wants people to enjoy the St. Joseph Parks.

To encourage that Becker is planning numerous events in a variety of parks in St. Joseph.

In April, Becker organized the St. Joseph Easter Egg Hunt in Crestwood Park.

In June Becker scheduled a community band concert in Kolb Park.

Dinosaurs, field trips on docket


Children attending Summer Daze this year in St. Joseph will take a step back in time as they study dinosaurs.

"The camp will be participating in a dino dig at the Orpheum Children’s Museum," said Victoria Becker, St. Joseph's Parks and Recreation Director.

Plight of the Monarch to be shown

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Urbana-to-Kickapoo rail line all under local ownership at last

URBANA — After some 20 years of planning, negotiating, grant writing and fundraising, an abandoned railroad line finally is under local ownership and available for development as a recreation trail.

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