Parks and Recreation

Lake of the Woods lands $152,400 state grant

SPRINGFIELD — Lake of the Woods will expand its lake accessibility within the next two years following Gov. J.B. Pritzker's awarding of $152,400 from the state's Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grant, which assists parks in acquiring open space or developing and improving local recreational facilities throughout the state.

Reeling them in: Take Me Fishing event gets families outdoors, forming bonds

MAHOMET — Ten years ago, Chris Clementz agreed to volunteer at the Champaign County Forest Preserve's Take Me Fishing event. Standing along the shoreline of Lake of the Woods' main lake teaching kids to fish on Saturday, it never meant so much.

Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden pond area temporarily closed for reconstruction

After 40 years of wear and tear, the south end of the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve temporarily closed earlier this week for reconstruction work.

"You can't build things like that to last forever so obviously we've been making periodic repairs," said Mary Ellen Wuellner, executive director of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District.

Up close and personal: Local children explore buses, firetrucks, tractors and more at Touch a Truck

The Mahomet Parks and Recreation Department hosted the Touch a Truck event at Barber Park last Saturday.

The rainy weather couldn't deter the dozens of eager youngsters who spent the morning exploring firetrucks, tractors, police cars and many other pieces of big equipment.

Easter events bring smiles, laughter for area youths

The Mahomet Parks and Recreation Department invited area youngsters to attend its 11th annual Eggstravaganza at the Elks Lake Pavilion in the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve on Saturday.

Mahomet residents David Rinaldi and Laura Nelson were unaware of the opportunity until they discovered other events, such as the Daddy-Daughter Dance.

Exploring East Central Illinois: Alison Johnson embarks in the great outdoors

Encouraging parents to step out into the great outdoors, Alison Johnson started a local initiative in Champaign County stemming from a national, nonprofit organization known as Hike it Baby to inspire parents and their children, ages birth to 5 years old, to get active in local nature areas.

Skate on Main brings winter merriment to downtown Mahomet

Gliding into a magical winter wonderland, more than 500 attendees laced up skates and ever so carefully navigated their way along downtown Mahomet's first-ever temporary skating rink during a two-day event last weekend.

Skate on Main featured a 40-by-48-foot rink consisting of a plastic base coated with a synthetic formula.

A year of change for Mahomet half-marathon

The annual Mahomet half-marathon — set for Aug. 5 — will be bigger than in any of the first 21 years.

One question remains to be answered: Will there be more participants?

The two don't necessarily go hand-in-hand.

The event is larger due to an additional race. This is the first year for a 10-kilometer run.

Logically, that would mean an increase in runners.

M-S bass fishing team places second at state


Mahomet Citizen Sportswriter

Hometown product returns as Lake of the Woods golf professional


For The Mahomet Citizen

Mahomet’s Lake of the Woods Golf Course will soon have a new man in charge. David Sebestik is a native of Mahomet and he’s coming back home to become the facility’s Head Golf Professional.

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