As we enter this new year and new decade, I’d like to again share a thank-you. The Village of Antioch is a highly desirable area to live, work and play in. So many factors make us a great place; our charming downtown and economic diversity throughout our business landscape, great neighborhoods, schools and dedicated professionals, outreach and volunteers. What continues to resonate with me as a resident and in my civic and leadership roles, is the strong sense of community. I want to express my gratitude for what we all put forth and bring to the mix, even with our busy lifestyles. We have so much to be proud of.
We are proud to be a community that hosts more than 21 community parks, along with program locations, with amenities such as tennis and basketball courts, an aqua center, sports and playfields for the fan and athlete, playgrounds, and connections to open space, trails and forest preserves. We remain committed to the important balance between growth and preservation. This year, we will be working on the “Parkway Bank Beautification Plan,” on the corner of Main and Orchard Streets, across from Village Hall. Plans include the removal of concrete and adding of black dirt, planting/seeding of grass, the installation of ornamental trees, and dogwood shrub placement around the perimeter. The goal is to create a community green space with trees and natural hedge. Along with beauty and a natural setting, the area will continue to be available for event parking during peak downtown activities.
For a healthy and vibrant decade and future, we must also look to the past. We are proud to have a newly formed advisory body, the Historic Preservation Commission, approved by the Village Board of Trustees. A valuable resource, the group will serve as a guide, promoting the protection, enhancement, preservation and use of improvements of special character and historical interest within the Village of Antioch. They will help identify and preserve historic and architectural characteristics representing cultural, social, economic, and architectural history. They will also work with agencies and organizations for idea-sharing and collaboration, and encourage through outreach and messaging, the voluntary preservation and restoration of structures, areas and neighborhoods. Meetings are held monthly at Village Hall (874 Main Street). The public is welcome to attend.
Again, thank you residents, our community, and Village Board of Trustees. I look forward to sharing the exciting year ahead. Springtime has a full lineup. Be sure to check out the free “Eco Fair” sponsored by the Parks and Rec Department (Saturday, April 25, Antioch Township Hall) as well as fun programs to share, Mother-Son Bowling and Mother-Daughter Bingo Luncheon. Visit online at antioch.il.gov or see our colorful ad in this issue for details and how to register.
Mayor Lawrence “Larry” Hanson