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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

16 NEW Winter/Spring Programs

We’re always working to be creative, innovative, inclusive, and exciting. We invite you to try something NEW this winter! DRAWING, POTTERY, & PAINTING The Themes of Spring! Ages 6-11; 12-17 Using themes associated with spring (bunnies, birds, and budding flowers to name a few!) students will become familiar with the fundamentals of drawing and painting. […] Continue Reading

Facility Holiday Hours December 2017/January 2018

20+ Virginia Theatre Events this Winter

Virginia lights up the stage through the end of 2017! This winter at the Virginia Theatre, catch a variety of world class talent as well as delightful local and community productions. TAKING THE STAGE A perfect holiday surprise for the kids is in store at Shopkins Live! on Thursday, December 7.  Packed with show-stopping performances, cool […] Continue Reading

5 Halloween Happenings + Win a pair of Weird Al Yankovic tickets!

We have many Halloween haunts for you to visit this October. Float on by our awesome events to get you into the spooky season.   Halloween Costume Drive & Exchange Drive Saturday, October 21 | 10am – noon @ Douglass Community Center FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! Did we mention this is free? No need to donate, just choose the […] Continue Reading

Quick Facts: 2 NEW Sculptures!

We love sharing art in our parks! Our partnership with Public Art League has brought new vibrancy to the community and we are so grateful. We have many beloved, long-time sculptures throughout Champaign and later this month, we’re installing 2 new pieces! Read on below to learn about some of our favorites. Coming Soon “Loop” […] Continue Reading

Bike Your Park Day!

Saturday, Sept 30, celebrate Bike Your Park Day! Explore your parks  by bicycle with thousands of others throughout the world on the same day.  Adventure Cycling association reports over 550 rides with more than 3,000 participants in 48 U.S. states, Washington DC, and several countries are already registered for the second annual Bike Your Park Day […] Continue Reading

Big News: New Community Center on the Horizon

  SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 PRESS RELEASE Champaign, IL – The Champaign Park District Board of Commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding among Champaign Park District, Champaign Parks Foundation, and Rainer and Julie S. Martens Foundation at a special meeting on September 27 to accept a donation of $4.4 million toward future enhancements at Human Kinetics […] Continue Reading

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