Parks and Recreation

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.

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.


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