Gearing Up for Summertime

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It looks like we’re in for an early spring! At the beginning of February, both Punxsutawney Phil and Woodstock Willie called for an early spring this year. I don’t really believe much in groundhog weather forecasting, however, having summertime in Antioch arriving a bit early this year has me wanting to believe they’re right! 

The relatively mild winter has been great news for the open space redevelopment project at Main and Orchard. The weather has had a minimal impact on the project, which has allowed construction to continue during more of the winter. This means, as of now, we’re still on schedule for a mid-summer completion! (All of this is of course weather permitting). I wanted to share some pictures of the progress that we’ve been making. (see above). Later this spring, we’ll announce details of a park naming contest along with more information about a ribbon-cutting/grand opening celebration for the park! 

When completed, this project will be a beautiful and fun destination that will be an attraction for both residents and visitors to the community. All within a short walk to the downtown shops and restaurants, we’ll have a splash pad, inclusive playground, cafe, and entertainment space that will be home to various events throughout the year. Plus, the land will be redeveloped in a way to address flooding and waterway issues with Sequoit Creek.

Speaking of summer, our Special Events team and Parks and Recreation Department have been busier than ever planning summertime events and programming. This summer, we’ll bring back the Farmer’s Market to the corner of Orchard and Main, from June 20th through the end of September. Right now, our staff is busy working to secure vendors for the markets. 

It seems that each summer brings more exciting events to the bandshell! This year, we’re working hard to top last year’s exciting It’s Thursday concert series line-up. As of the publication of this newsletter, we’re still in the final stages of booking the bands for this summer. A final list of performers will be made available on our village website and social media, soon!

Finally, I wanted to encourage you to follow the Village of Antioch on social media. There, you will find our most up-to-date information on village news and events. Also, as always, I value your feedback. Feel free to email me at sgartber@antioch.il.gov or call 847-395-1000.

I look forward to seeing you around town this fall! Remember, shop local!

Sincerely,
Mayor Scott Gartner
847-395-1000
antioch.il.gov