Parks and Recreation

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.


Welcoming bands to River Fest

Each summer, organizers of the Sangamon River Music Festival welcome thousands of music fans to Mahomet. But they make sure to extend a warm welcome to the bands, as well.


Winter Walk at River Bend Forest Preserve

A winter walk through River Bend Forest Preserve in Mahomet on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.


Run to raise funds for shelter

An upcoming 5K run will help raise money for something that outdoor enthusiasts around the area will appreciate: a shelter near the trails at Lake of the Woods' Buffalo Trace Prairie.


Remote parking for Riverfest this year

Sangamon River Music Festival organizers hope that a new plan for parking will solve the space issues that've plagued the event in the past.

The downtown venue is ideal for those living within walking distance—but parking lots near Main Street fill up quickly with cars.


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