Authentic Antioch

Ted And Vicki Axton Playground Dedication

Check out the front page of the June 28 HiLiter in Antioch-Trevor, Lindenhurst-Lake Villa-Fox Lake, and Richmond-Johnsburg.

Rob Hardman, the son-in-law of Ted and Vicki Axton, uses a pair of giant scissors to cut the ribbon signifying the end of a giant project at the reopening and dedication of the Ted and Vicki Axton Playground located in Centennial Park, 601 Anita St., in Antioch, on Sunday, June 25. Others in the photo, left to right, are Northbridge Church Pastor Mark Albrecht, Northbridge Church Pastor Dawn Hayman, Antioch Parks board member Ron Horton, Antioch mayor Larry Hanson, and, obscured behind Hanson, Antioch trustee Jerry Johnson.

The newly reopened and dedicated Ted and Vicki Axton Playground located in Centennial Park, 601 Anita St., in Antioch, stands open and ready for business--and play.

Dignitaries on hand for the reopening of the Ted and Vicki Axton Playground in Centennial Park included, left to right, Northbridge Church Pastor Dawn Hayman, Junior Miss Antioch Adalia Tate, Little Miss Antioch Adriana Thornton, Miss Antioch Jessica 'J-La' Lamberty, Northbridge Church Pastor Mark Albrecht, Antioch trustee Jerry Johnson, Mayor Larry Hanson, Antioch Parks board member Ron Horton, Parks and Recreation event organizer Toni Galster, and the Axton's son-in-law and expert ribbon cutter, Rob Hardman.

The huge, wooden, castle-like maze at the east end of Centennial Park on Anita St. has been officially dedicated as the Ted and Vicki Axton Playground at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Northbridge Church members and village dignitaries. The playground has been one of the busiest areas in all of Antioch’s parks since its opening 25 years ago on June 28, 1992.

The playground was the vision of residents Ted and Vicki Axton, who along with over 2,000 volunteers and cooperation of the village, built the original structure.

Over time, the playground required maintenance and in 2017, Northbridge Church volunteered to repair and restore the park as a part of their annual Sharefest Project. Over 200 volunteers replaced lumber where needed, stained the structure using mops, and spread 165 cubic yards of mulch to get the playground ready by the opening date.

The Axtons were out of town and unable to attend Sunday's reopening and dedication. Their son-in-law, Rob Hardman, cut the red ribbon officially reopening the playground.


Photos ©2017 Raymond Jude Kaider, All Rights Reserved


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