Parks and Recreation

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.

New leader for growing programs

For a lot of college seniors the future is a source of anxiety. Not so for Denise Reynolds, the Illinois State University student who recently landed a job as program coordinator with Mahomet Parks and Recreation.

Reynolds will work three days a week at Parks and Rec this semester before joining the staff full-time in January. 

Fencing latest upgrade on tap for Taylor

It’s been a year of changes and upgrades at one of Mahomet’s most-used parks, and those changes aren’t over yet.

On Tuesday night, village trustees okayed a plan to replace fencing on both ball diamonds at Taylor Field. 

More upgrades on tap for Taylor Fields

Last year, the north ball diamond at Taylor Fields got an upgrade. Now, it’s the south diamond’s turn for some attention.

“This is phase two of our plan,” Parks and Recreation Director Dan Waldinger told members of the village board of trustees at a special meeting on Tuesday night.

Out for bids again on Middletown Park

On Monday night, the Mahomet-Seymour school board okayed going out for bids on proposed improvements to Middletown Park.

Rising Christian band headed to River Fest

Organizers of the 2016 Sangamon River Music Festival have made their first band announcement of the year: contemporary Christian act I Am They.

I Am They, based out of Carson City, Nevada, is a six-piece ensemble that’s recently begun attracting nationwide attention with the release of their self-titled debut album.

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.


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