Parks and Recreation

Paxton park board fails to adopt 'smoke-free parks' ordinance

PAXTON — A proposed “smoke-free parks” ordinance was presented to the Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9, but the board took no action.

Several ways to support Gibson City playground project

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Rotary Club is on its final stretch of fundraising for additional work that the club plans to do at the city’s North Park playground.

Gibson City club seeks donations for playground improvements

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Rotary Club hopes to wrap up fundraising efforts in the next month for $125,000 in improvements to be made to the playground at the city’s North Park.

Proposed reduction in Paxton park board members will appear on ballot

PAXTON — Local voters will be asked on next spring’s election ballot to decide whether the Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners should be reduced from seven to five members.

Major upgrades needed for Gibson City pool


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s public swimming pool is in need of major upgrades in the coming years.

That was the analysis from pool manager Randy Ferguson at a combined meeting of the Gibson City Council’s Parks & Buildings Committee and the Gibson City Pool Board on Thursday night.

Paxton park board to remain at 7 commissioners

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners will still consist of seven members — for now.

The board discussed the possibility of lowering the number of commissioner appointments to five at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Commissioner Bobby Kinnaird made a motion to pursue a ballot question on the March 2018 primary election ballot, but there was no second.

Halloween parade set for Oct. 31 in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners finalized plans for the annual park district-sponsored Halloween Parade during its meeting last week.

The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. 

Boy Scout wants to build pavilion at Paxton park by Nov. 7

PAXTON — Local Boy Scout Angel Nava gave the Paxton City Council an update on his progress in getting a pavilion built at the Howard Thomas Park on the city’s west side during Tuesday’s meeting.

In August, the council granted the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School student permission to build the pavilion — a project he wants to undertake in order to earn his Eagle Scout merit badge.

Paxton Park District won't sponsor circus' return in 2018

PAXTON — If the circus comes back to town, it will not be under the sponsorship of the Paxton Park District.

At its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, the park district’s board of commissioners elected not to host and sponsor the return of the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus to Coady Park in May 2018.

Fundraisers planned for Phase II of playground project in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Rotary Club is ready to start Phase II of the North Park playground project.

When Phase II is completed, the entire playground area will have new and/or renovated equipment. Also, the blue safety surface that was installed as part of Phase I will cover the remaining area currently covered in pea gravel.

Completion of the project is expected in 2018.

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