Grounds that are now part of Crystal Lake Park were at one time home to a series of Chautauquas. Chautauquas helped citizens of the time experience first-hand their local and national culture. Theodore Roosevelt once characterized the Chautauqua…

The merger of national church denominations in the early 1970s led to creation of Wheatfield Park off McHenry Street in southeast Urbana. The five-acre plot had been destined to become the home for a new church building. Nearby residents had been…

Although still in the first phases of development, Weaver Park already has surprised the Urbana Park District in its variety and potential uses. This a 60-acre park along east Main Street was purchased with the assistance of a grant from the Illinois…

How did Victory Park get its name? Does the name commemorate neighbors' small gardens once grown in the area, or the end of a world war? Victory Park is Urbana's fourth oldest. The original 2.4 acres for what is now Victory Park were purchased in…

A few blocks west of Crestview Park along Burkwood Drive is the 1.4-acre Sunnycrest Tot Lot, a playground for preschoolers. The land was donated in 1958, contingent upon the park district providing the improvements, such as picnic tables and…

South ridge Park is Urbana's easternmost park. Located in the Myra Ridge subdivision, it is a neighborhood park that offers a playground and open field. The park is a result of a 1987 gift from local developer Carl Hill, who donated the 11 .5 acres…

Prairie Park, located along East Washington Street in Urbana, is home to many of the district's athletic programs in 2007, including baseball and softball. It is also representative of the many ways the Urbana Park District and Urbana School District…

The Patterson Parklet features benches, evergreen foliage, a playground, and a basketball court. This parklet is currently under rennovation.

Meadowbrook Park, at 130 acres, is the district's shining example of how long-range planning and acquisition of property for the longterm yield remarkable results over time. While many park sites in the district were gifted, leased or purchased all…

Lohmann Park is a I5-acre expanse just south of Thomas Paine School in southeast Urbana. It is the site of the University of lllinois Club Cricket Field and serves as a practice site for a local youth football league. It is also home to the…

Now the site of the administrative offices of the Urbana Park District, Leal Park was once Urbana's first cemetery, containing the remains of early pioneers and Indians. Located along west University Avenue near Race Street, the cemetery was…

A 4.5-acre tract in north Urbana acquired early in 1967 was known briefly as the Hays park project until a May 1967 meeting during which the park board unanimously approved a motion by Commissioner Walter jackson to name the park for Dr. Martin…

Along East Perkins Road just east of the Urbana Dog Park site is Judge Webber Park, a 24-acre site that is used by the park district and the East Central lllinois Archery Club. The park district was unable to fund development of the park site,…

Created in 1907, Crystal Lake Park is the oldest in the Urbana Park District. Begun as a privately owned park, it is located just north of the intersection of University and Broadway avenues. A destination for generations of park users, this wooded…

Crestview Park and its Asian garden sit along South Cottage Grove Avenue between Florida and Colorado avenues in a mixed residential area that includes single-family homes and apartment complexes. Urbana Park District files include copies of a…

Chieef Shemauger Park is named for a Patowatomi Indian Chief who signed a treaty with white settlers who moved to Urbana. The park district’s Planning and Operations facility is located on the east half of the park. The park's 13.5 acres were…

Urbana Park District Acreage: 8.3 This 8.3-acre park was donated by Mrs. Margaret Carle Morris on March 5, 1909. It is located across from Urbana High School, along Race and Garfield streets, between Douglas Street, Indiana Avenue and Iowa…

Before the park district leased the site, it was home to the Champaign-Urbana Optimists' Babe Ruth baseball program for post-Little League youth. The park was named by the Optimists prior to park district acquisition. It was named for club member…

Looking ahead to serve future community needs has been a hallmark of the Urbana Park District for more than half a century. While some in the community believed that Urbana would not develop as far south as Blair Park, the Board of Commissioners felt…

AMBUCS Park, originally known as Woodland Park, has undergone a significant metamorphosis-adding many active park features to the wooded site since it has come under the management of the Urbana Park District. However, its history of recreational…