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Constructifor new Antioch AquCenter Williams Park. | Thomas Delany Jr~Sun-Times Media

Construction for the new Antioch Aqua Center at Williams Park. | Thomas Delany Jr~Sun-Times Media

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Pool fund-raising cards

Cards are available for purchase at all participating Antioch merchants, the village parks and recreation office, Village Hall, Raymond Chevrolet Kia Autogroup or by visiting

Participating merchants include Anastasia’s Restaurant and Sports Lounge, BJ’s Fashions for Men, David’s Bistro, Four Squires and Infini-Tea, JJ Blinkers-Joke, Magic and Costume Shop, Raymond Chevrolet Kia, SuzAnne’s Picture Framing, The Hair Xperts and The Lodge of Antioch

Updated: January 15, 2013 2:15AM

ANTIOCH — After a decade of dreaming, village officials are looking forward to unveiling a new aquatic center at Williams Park on Memorial Day 2013. While the new facility will have many amenities, the budget didn’t stretch far enough to include a play feature for children.

For a donation of $25, supporters can receive discounts from local merchants, be included in a drawing to win a new car and help fund the splash area for kids.

The drawing is Dec. 13 as part of the “Save, Swim and Win” fund-raising campaign.

Only 2,500 cards are available and for limited time the $50 card is being sold at half price. The drawing for a 2013 Chevrolet Sonic from Raymond Chevrolet Kia Autogroup will be held Dec. 13.

“We are on the fast track with this fund-raiser because construction has started on the pool, and we would like to include the extra feature initially during pool construction rather than putting it off for the future,” said Antioch Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Roby.

A number of cards have sold at full price, but even if the remaining cards are sold at half price the village will have the money it needs to add the amenity in the initial construct phase. “It’s a $70,000 component. It’s an extra that we agreed to fund through donations and fund-raisers,” said Roby.

Stuckey Construction Co., Waukegan, is building the new aquatic center at the site of the old pool, incorporating some of the existing infrastructure into the $2.24 million project being funded by Lake County Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds.

“We have a very aggressive construction schedule and so far we are right on schedule and everything is going well,” said Village Administrator James Keim.

Mayor Lawrence Hanson said the new aquatic center and the fund-raising efforts initiated by the parks board is creating communitywide excitement.

“We have always had an outdoor pool and the fact that we can finally fulfill this dream to build a new facility in this economy is a real plus for the village,” Hanson said. “We want to provide a nice amenity for our residents, but we also hope to draw people from other communities who maybe have never been to Antioch before. There is a multitude of positives about this.”

The old pool at Williams Park near the public library on Main Street was removed immediately after the 2012 season in August. It will be replaced by a new L-shaped pool that is double the size of the current outdoor swimming area to 6,700 square feet and will accommodate 400 bathers. It also will include recreational features that will appeal to all ages, including zero-depth entry and a water slide.

The competition-sized pool will include six lap lanes and a diving board. The design includes expanding the existing bathhouse and increasing the parking area and building a new pump house for pool equipment, storage, concessions and an office for the pool manager and lifeguards.

Roby said the extra splash and water features for kids will be icing on the cake, but he would ideally like to include them during initial construction. “We would love to raise enough money to have it built this year and available for use in the first season,” said Roby.

Roby said the discount card that doubles as a raffle ticket is valued at $165 if it is used for a $15 discount at each participating merchant and to purchase a pool pass available in January. The card is valid for use for one year.

“You could use it at each participating business one time and have more than a year to use it,” said Roby. If there are any cards left, they will be available for purchase after the drawing. “Essentially we are asking for a donation, and in return donors receive a card with a total value of $165 and a chance to win a new car.”

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