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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


  Photo: Staff and Commissioners Accept Distinguished Accredited Agency Award Front row, left to right: Chelsea Norton, Commissioner Jane Solon, Cindy Harvey, Tammy Hoggatt. Back row, left to right: Dan Olson, Joe DeLuce, Commissioner Craig Hays, Commisioner Tim McMahon, Commisioner Kevin Miller. Champaign, IL – – The Champaign Park District has been recognized as an […] Continue Reading

3 Ways to Prevail this Winter

The Champaign Park District maintains over 700 acres of land in Champaign. With 61 parks & 14 facilities – it seems difficult to imagine one forgetting about the abundant opportunities available. It happens though, or perhaps is overlooked, throughout the daily chaos that life in the 21st century brings. This winter, don’t let the cold […] Continue Reading

Hidden Gem: Parents’ Night Out

Have you been dreaming of some alone time? A few hours on the town, kid-free? Time to do some shopping, go see a movie, or even a night in without distraction?   Champaign Park District has you covered! Our Parents’ Nights Out will keep you kids have your kids running, and engaged with our highly […] Continue Reading

Musings of a Horticulturist in Winter

Here in the Horticulture Department, our evaluations of last year’s gardens are tucked away, and the process of designing and ordering and scheduling next year’s show of 86,000+ annual flowers is in full force.  In the midst of looking forward to the pulsing greens and rainbow spectacle of next summer’s colors, I always remind myself […] Continue Reading

Holiday Blitz: 12 Events in 15 Days!

Meet Santa Claus at the Virginia Theatre! Wednesday, December 6   |  5:00-7:00 pm Virginia Theatre All Ages (must be accompanied by an adult) – FREE! Santa Claus is coming to town! The Champaign Center Partnership is excited to join the Champaign Park District in welcoming Jolly Old St. Nick to downtown Champaign’s Virginia Theatre. Visit with […] Continue Reading

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