Monday, April 8, 2013
Crystal Lake city officials are working with the McHenry County Transportation Department to determine how appearance of the new wall could be improved.
As road construction work progresses on Walkup Road and Route 176, a cement wall adjacent to the road and bikepath near Veteran Acres is catching the eye of city officials - and not in a good way. Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley told city council members during the recent city council meeting that people have complained about the aesthetics of the cement wall and adjacent bike patch just north of Route 176. The wall is in what city officials call "a high profile area" and partial blocks the scenic view of Veteran Acres pond. "We've drafted a letter and sent it to the county, and I'm happy to say that the county has been receptive (to our concerns)," Shepley said. County officials have asked for suggestions on how to make the wall look …
Monday, February 25, 2013
The body of a 14-year-old girl was found at 7:45 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 21.
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Monday, February 25
UPDATE: 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. ----------------------------------------------- A 14-year-old teenage girl was found dead Thursday morning at Veteran Acres Park, according to Crystal Lake Police and Park District officials. Park District Police and Crystal Lake Police officials were on the scene early Feb. 21, to investigate the death at the park, located at 431 Walkup Road on the north side of Crystal Lake. The teen's body was found at about 7:45 a.m. by a passerby near the pond. Police did not release the cause of death, but no foul play is suspected, said Crystal Lake Police Cmdr. Dan Dziewior. The girl's name was withheld because she is a juvenile. The teen was reported missing late Wednesday night. Friends and acquaintances of …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Area children and adults took advantage of freshly fallen snow Saturday, Feb. 2, and visited area sledding hills including Veteran Acres Park in Crystal Lake.
The Friday evening snowfall wasn't too impressive - only somewhere between 2 to 3 inches - but it was enough to send area children, teens and adults flocking to area sledding hills on Saturday. Veteran Acres Park, 431 Walkup Rd., Crystal Lake, was packed with sledders and snowboarders. By Saturday afternoon, much of the snow had been worn away and the grass could easily be seen. But the hillside was slick and icy, and sledders had no problem gaining speed on their way down the slope. The National Weather Service snowfall totals for Northern Illinois reported 3.2 inches of snow recorded in Woodstock, about 2.4 inches in Bull Valley and 2.6 inches measured in Algonquin. No recordings were available for Crystal Lake and Cary.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Veteran Acres Park has won the distinguished Red Tricycle 2nd Annual Totally Awesome Award.
Veteran Acres Park in Crystal Lake has won the Red Tricycle 2nd Annual Totally Awesome Award in the "Best Liked Hike" category. The Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards are an online reader-driven awards program recognizing the best parenting brands, products, neighborhood services and local resources for families with children age 0-10. Totally Awesome Awards were given in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, San Diego, Chicago, and the Los Angeles markets. Veteran Acres, located near Walkup Road and Route 176, boasts 140 acres of mixed recreational activities. Near the entrance, the park has baseball fields, tennis courts, splash pad, pond for fishing and ice skating, picnic shelter for gatherings and large hill for sledding. …
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
We've given you some places to visit while beating the heat.
The heat is here and it doesn't seem to be letting up. It's easy to stay home in the air conditioning, but there are ways to still enjoy what the community has to offer while still staying cool.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Daryl Quitalig captures a scene at Veteran Acre Park.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Discover a Hidden Gem in Crystal Lake that you may have driven by and never known it existed. Or maybe you have not visited this interesting spot in years. Come along for this unique journey.
The Crystal Lake Park District opened its new Acorn Alley Playground and Splashpad this summer and kids have already begun to splash. The playground is on the west side of the park on Walkup Avenue at Veteran Acres, just up from the Walkup/Route 176 intersection. There has been a playground at that end of the park since the 1960’s. It is a “well attended, well used playground,” said Jenny Leech, Public Information Coordinator for the Crystal Lake Park District. The park is open from dawn to dusk daily. The splashpad is basically a system of built in underground sprinklers and shooting jets of water over a safe surface. The splashpad will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and closed between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and 3:30…
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Daryl Quitalig captures a scene at Veteran Acres.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Well-loved playground gets a makeover and a splashpad.
On Tuesday, June 21, from 7 to 8 p.m., the Crystal Lake Park District is hosting a grand opening celebration of the new Acorn Alley Playground and Splashpad. The party will feature giveaways, summer music, treats and other summer activities. The playground is on the west side of the park on Walkup Avenue at Veteran Acres, just up from the Walkup/Route 176 intersection. There has been a playground at that end of the park since the 1960’s. It is a “well attended, well used playground,” said Jenny Leech, Public Information Coordinator for the Crystal Lake Park District. The park is open from dawn to dusk daily. The splashpad is basically a system of built in underground sprinklers and shooting jets of water over a safe surface. The splashpad…
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
A daily photo from around town.
Our daily photo captured the snow falling on Veteran Acres Park. Proud of the snowman in your yard, the decorations around your house or the lights you worked so hard to put up? Send us a photo or two! We'd love to share them with our readers. Just sign up and submit them!