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Behind the Scenes: Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS

Everybody wants to be a cat in Disney’s charming stage adaptation of the animated classic motion picture! Based on the beloved Disney animated film and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns. Over half of the cast is performing for the […] Continue Reading

6 Ways to Volunteer at Taste of CU!

As the summer winds down, we are just getting started at Champaign Park District! Looking for a way to spend a few more hours outside? Wanting to give back at the same time?  The Taste of Champaign-Urbana is just around the corner!   Check out all the ways you can volunteer and be first in […] Continue Reading

5 Quick Facts: Mary Poppins JR.

Mary Poppins JR. hits the stage July 19! We’ve got 5 quick facts to get you even more excited!     These 63 actors are in 5th-8th grade, and most are veterans who are growing in our Youth Theatre Program! This collection of actors come from 24 area schools, and is truly a community theatre. […] Continue Reading

Meeting the Artist: Marilynn Dean Cleveland

“My art is a way for me to release my feelings from within, that frees my spirit to express words that can’t be spoken.” Marilynn Dean Cleveland is the currently featured artist at Springer Cultural Center. My Soul Doesn’t Cast a Shadow tells Cleveland’s stories through color, lines, tones, and textures.  Cleveland is a unique […] Continue Reading

5 Ways Sholem Pool Passes Upgrade Your Summer

We’ve perfected our summer recipe: Sunshine, Sunscreen, & Swimsuits. Directions: Just Add Water. Here’s our top five reasons why a season pass to Sholem Aquatic Center should be on your spring shopping list. Take advantage of lower prices now through April 30! 1. Low cost, all summer long:  It only takes 8 visits for a family […] Continue Reading

Nominate Champaign to Receive a $20K Grant During Earth Month

    City with the most nominations gets a grant for a local park through ‘Meet Me at the Park’ Earth Month campaign  For the fourth year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company — including Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN — to help fund […] Continue Reading

Champaign STAR Awards

Help celebrate our community by nominating a Volunteer Coach and Youth Participant that has shined in the Champaign Park District. Champaign Star Awards works to honor those throughout 2017 who have had a positive impact and used their talents, kindness, and dedication to improve the community around them. Winners will be chosen in March and […] Continue Reading

5 Steps to a Magical Valentine Date Night and Beyond

Take a romantic stroll through your favorite park. Throw on your snow boots and pompom hat and stroll mitten-hand in mitten-hand. Cozying up after will be extra special!  Find-a-park>> Take a romantic photo under the marquee. The Virginia Theatre lights will illuminate you for a beautiful photo. Roger Ebert will surely give it a thumbs […] Continue Reading

Meet Cory and Brian: Stories from CUSR families

We think it is interesting to hear the story of an organization from multiple angles.  This week’s blog focuses on two individuals making an impact at Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation (CUSR, a special recreation program offered through partnership with Champaign & Urbana Park Districts). Read on to learn about Cory, an Inclusion Assistant and Brian, a […] Continue Reading

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