Parks and Recreation

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.

Family keeping Ed Day's dream alive

GIBSON CITY — As Ed Day and his wife, Lorri, began renovating a building in downtown Gibson City a couple of years ago, they kept having to tell the kids skateboarding on the sidewalk outside to go somewhere else.

They didn’t want to have to do so. It’s just that they didn’t want to see anyone get hurt while they were remodeling.

Paxton public pool to close for summer after Sunday

PAXTON -- After Sunday, Aug. 20, the public swimming pool in Paxton will be closed for the rest of the year.
The pool is closed this Thursday and Friday, but will re-open for the final two days of the season, as decided by the Paxton Park District Board of Commissioners at Tuesday's monthly meeting. Open hours will be 1-9 p.m. on Saturday and noon-5 p.m.

Paxton pool opens to heat, crowds

PAXTON — With temperatures in the 90s, it made for a busy opening day for the Paxton Park District’s swimming pool.

Recreation Director Neal McKenry said 118 season pool passes were sold on Wednesday as the pool opened for the first time this summer, following several weeks of delays in getting the pool’s old, leaking liner replaced.

Public swimming pool in Paxton to be open Wednesday

PAXTON -- The swimming pool at Coady Park will be open tomorrow, the Paxton Park District stated in a Facebook post.
Open swim hours for the season will be held from 1-5:30 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
A closing date is still to be determined.

Pool at Coady Park likely to be closed for summer if not ready by July 21

PAXTON -- The Paxton Park District Board of Commissioners approved an ultimatum for its swimming pool at Coady Park at its monthly meeting on Tuesday.
According to Paxton Park District Recreation Director Neal McKenry, there is no official opening date of the pool, but if it is not ready to open by Friday, July 21, the board decided it would most likely not open at

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