Getting to Know UPF Trustee & Secretary Helen Grandone

My first memory of spending time in an Urbana Park was as a college student who wanted to get away from the fray on campus. As a student, I discovered that Carle Park was a great place to study as well as to discover that there was a community outside of campus. Little did I know during those days that …

Urbana Park District and Urbana Parks Foundation work together for inclusivity

By Corky Emberson, CPRP Superintendent of Recreation, Urbana Park District Urbana Park District parks, facilities, programs and classes are for everybody. We make sure that the trust the public places in us with their tax dollars is honored with high-quality, safe and enriching activities. It is easy to pay lip service to inclusivity. But, lip service isn’t enough. Each Park …

Getting to Know UPF Trustee Dixie Whitt

The Urbana Park District has played an important role during the entire 49 years my husband Greg and I have lived in Urbana. Both of us have our degrees in zoology and biology so interacting with nature is important to us. The first year we were here we were delighted to find an apartment across the street from Crystal Lake …

Getting to Know UPF Trustee & Treasurer Tom Brown

As a life-long resident and supporter of our community, I have noticed that there are a variety of elements which contribute to its success. Taking pride in those assets can certainly be rewarding. I have found the development of the Urbana Park District Facilities and Programs to be a major contributor to those residing in and visiting our area. As …

Getting to Know UPF Trustee Jake Wolf

My relationship with the Urbana Park District began as a 12 year old in 1986. I was the starting pitcher for my little league baseball team playing the C-U Kiwanis Little League Championship Game at Blair Park. That park was always such a big deal for our team at that age because it looked so perfect and even had a …