Parks and Recreation

Silver smoke-free designation for local parks

At a brief meeting of Mahomet’s village board on Tuesday night, village officials were honored for their efforts to reduce smoking in local parks.

Tara McCauley, special projects coordinator with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, presented the village with a “Silver Smoke-Free Park Award” on behalf of the Champaign County Tobacco Prevention Coalition.


Record-breaking donations at Turkey Trot

Mahomet Parks and Recreation announced this week that this year’s Turkey Trot—an annual fun run/walk held on Thanksgiving morning—broke all records for participation and philanthropy.

This year, 414 participants registered for the annual event, the biggest turnout to date. It’s the third year since Parks and Rec took over planning for the Turkey Trot.


Lights come on at Taylor Field

The new field lights at the south diamond at Taylor Field came on for the first time this week, and got their official dedication before Friday night’s Parks and Recreation flag football game.

The village board approved the $90,000 expense for purchase and installation earlier this year, replacing lights that were over 50 years old.


Turkey Trot set for biggest year ever

Organizers of the Turkey Trot are planning for their biggest year ever.

For the past three years, the Thanksgiving-morning 5K at Lake of the Woods has been hosted by Mahomet Parks and Recreation. The event began as a fun holiday event organized by several local families, and Parks and Recreation Director Dan Waldinger said they've tried to stay true to its roots.


Landmark looking good after 50 years

As people gathered this week to celebrate the 50th birthday of the covered bridge at Lake of the Woods, a single word kept coming up: iconic.

Over the years, the structure has become Mahomet’s most recognizable landmark—and the young professor who designed it, German Gurfinkel, has become one of the most respected members of the engineering faculty at the University of Illinois.


New lights for Taylor Field

When flag football games get underway at Taylor Field this fall, they’ll be played under new, energy-efficient field lights.

At a special meeting on Tuesday night, the village board approved spending $89,950 with Barton Electric on new lights for Taylor Field north, as well as LED lighting for the parking lot.


Family donates park to village

In what Mahomet Parks and Recreation Director Dan Waldinger called a “pretty monumental moment in Parks and Rec history,” Mahomet’s Taylor family signed the park bearing their name over the village.

Taylor Field, located along Hickory Street behind the railroad tracks, has been the site for many decades’ worth of baseball and softball games.


Officials: Smoke-free parks not a problem

Some public health officials would like to see smoking banned in Champaign County parks. But Mahomet village leaders indicated this week that they're not interested in drafting a new ordinance.


Citizen Way booked for River Fest

Organizers of the Sangamon River Music Festival have booked a group of up-and-coming Christian artists for this year's event.

Citizen Way will perform in downtown Mahomet at noon on Saturday, August 23—the time slot traditionally reserved for contemporary Christian acts at the festival.


New shelter for Buffalo Trace trails

Runners and walkers at Lake of the Woods’ Buffalo Trace recreation area have a new place to take a break, thanks to a unique collaboration between several local groups.

Mahomet Rotary and Champaign County Forest Preserve District funded construction of the new shelter, which is located at the Crowley Road entrance
to the trails.


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