Champaign Park District gets grant for new rec center

     The Champaign Park District has been awarded a $2.5 million grant that will go towards building a new recreation center.
    
     The money comes from Illinois Department of Natural Resources and will help build a new recreation center at Centennial Park.
    
     The new center will replace the 34 year-old Leonhard Recreation Center.

     Park District Executive Director Bobbie Herakovich says her organization has never gotten this big of a financial boost before.
    
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     The new facility will include a two gymnasiums, a walking track, and an indoor playground, among other amenities.
    
     The park district originally applied for the grant in November 2010.
 

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bookworm wrote on September 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm

This is why the state is broke and the U of I received only part of its budget request. Maybe cutting each department's budget would limit them to essentials. If Champaign can not afford to build a recreation center, then they either raise taxes to fund it, have all those wealthy whites in SW Champaign donate the funds or do without.