Stay at Home Spring Break: Spend the Week in Urbana Parks

Stay at Home Spring Break: Spend the Week in Urbana Parks

One year ago, our whole world changed dramatically. Just as we were about to head into Spring Break, the country started to shut down on a scale we have never seen before. News of cancellations and closures started spreading. Travel plans were thrown into disarray as...
Crystal Lake Park rejuvenation project

Crystal Lake Park rejuvenation project

Founded in 1907, Crystal Lake Park has been the bedrock of the Urbana Park District for over a century. Created out of a privately owned park from the 1880s, the park we now know eventually became a “summer resort” by damming a branch of the Salt Fork and has since...
21 things to do in Urbana Parks in 2021

21 things to do in Urbana Parks in 2021

The gardens at Meadowbrook Park With a new year upon us, thoughts inevitably turn to resolutions. Instead of making specific vows of what we would like to change, in this month’s blog we have decided to brainstorm 21 wonderful ways to enjoy Urbana parks in 2021: Make...
5 reasons we are thankful for Urbana Parks

5 reasons we are thankful for Urbana Parks

As fall draws closer to winter, the warmth of the holidays helps us keep the chilly temperatures at bay. With Thanksgiving fast approaching, we would like to take a moment to show gratitude to our community and explore five reasons we are thankful for Urbana Parks. 1....
Getting to Know UPF Trustee Marianne Downey

Getting to Know UPF Trustee Marianne Downey

I am honored to be invited to become a Trustee on the Urbana parks Foundation Board. When I moved to Urbana from Indianapolis, IN 17 years ago I noticed the that there seemed to be a great deal of park land for a city this size.  As it turns out, Urbana does have...