Getting to Know UPF Trustee Sarah Nemeth

Hi, my name is Sarah Barnett Nemeth. Growing up in Urbana, I participated in a myriad of wonderful activities offered by the Urbana Park District. My earliest memories involve splashing around with my family in Crystal Lake pool, a gigantic circular pool with the diving tower smack dab in the middle! The unique design resembled a beach, gradually getting deeper …

Getting to Know UPF Trustee Jed Bunyan

My involvement with the Urbana Park District began 40 years ago on a cold snowy Thanksgiving Day at Crystal Lake Park when I joined about 40 other hardy runners running through the park in the annual Turkey Trot. (Last Thanksgiving the Park District celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot with more than 1000 participating.)  At that …

Urbana Parks Foundation Hosts 2018 Annual Dinner

The Urbana Parks Foundation (UPF) hosted their annual dinner this past Thursday, April 19th at the Urbana Country Club. Over 70 people attended the 10th annual event. The UPF was established to help meet the growing need for supplemental support by raising funds for Urbana Park District activities. The dinner recognized donors who have helped to make a significant impact …

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Getting to Know UPF Trustee Steve Rugg

When my wife, Debbie and our then-almost-two-year-old daughter and I moved to this area in August of 1971, we thought we were coming for three years of graduate school.  Now almost 47 years later, we are still here.  How did that happen? Well, grad school led to job opportunities here.  But by then our family had increased to four, and …

Getting to know UPF Trustee Carolyn Casady Trimble

I got married in 1965, moving to Urbana and joining my husband Ralph attending graduate school at the U of I. We often left the campus to relax with a walk in the neighborhood around Carle Park. Except for a few years away right after grad school, we’ve lived in Urbana ever since. Urbana’s wonderful parks, scattered throughout our city, …