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Antioch aqua center adds kids’ play area

A rendering water play structure for children which will be added new aqucenter under constructiWilliams Park Antioch slated open Memorial

A rendering of the water play structure for children which will be added to the new aqua center under construction at Williams Park in Antioch, slated to open Memorial Day. | Special to the News-Sun

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Updated: April 7, 2013 1:34AM

ANTIOCH — A water play feature for children that includes tubes, stairs, sprayers and slides has been added to the new aqua center under construction at Williams Park, slated to open Memorial Day.

The play feature will be added to the shallow end of the 6,700-square-foot pool that also includes zero-depth entry and a wading vortex at the shallow end and a six lane 25-yard lap pool, diving board and water slide.

The new structure comes as an additional cost of $116,000 less $11,040 raised through fund-raisers. The balance of $104,960 will be paid by park acquisition funds.

“The water play structure has gotten a lot of publicity and even though it was an optional feature for the future, the park board thinks it is important to have it in place when the aqua center opens,” said Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Roby.

“This is an important amenity in our goal to attract more users to the pool,” said Mayor Lawrence Hanson. “It is a very appealing feature.”

The structure looks like playground equipment for a pool and includes stairs for climbing, water slides, and a platform that has interactive tubes and sprayers that children can control.

The park acquisition fund totals $121,000, with the money in it raised through developer fees. The park board will continue its fund-raising efforts and any proceeds will be used to replenish the park acquisition fund.

The village is expected to pay an additional $66,000 for other amenities, including furniture and shade structures, for the new facility that doubles the size of the old pool.

“In the end we are about $200,000 above the price of the contract for the play structure and other amenities that we want in place for the first season,” said Village Administrator James Keim. “It make sense to take it out of the park acquisition fund, which can only be used for land acquisition and park improvements.”

The balance of the $2 million project is being funded by Lake County Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds.

The design of the new facility can be viewed on the village Web site and includes additional parking, an expansion of the existing bathhouse, a new pump house for pool equipment, storage, concessions and an office for the pool manager and lifeguards.

“By mid-month the shell of the new facility will be built. It is a vast change from what the old pool looked like and it is a lot bigger,” said Roby.

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