My kids and I had been meaning to check out the Tim Osmond Sports Complex playground in Antioch and finally made our way over there a few weeks ago. The complex is currently being built through a Co-Op Board of Antioch Township and Antioch Village Trustees’ coordinated effort. It will eventually consist of 7 baseball fields, 2 soccer fields, 2 competition football fields, 2 practice football fields, Tot lot, sledding hill, cross country trail, 2 bocce ball courts, and an 18 hole Frisbee golf course.
We went mainly for the playground, and while we were there, it looked like the place was largely still under construction. I did notice the Frisbee golf course was open and being used, as well as at least 2 baseball fields and a soccer field. We didn’t explore much beyond the immediate playground area as it was a large place, and we came to play!
The large playground area featured plenty to do for my adventurous almost-3-year-old. We loved how colorful the park was, and my son really liked the sports-themed pictures on the playground equipment. There were a variety of slides, climbing apparatus, tunnels, and swings to explore.
Even my 17-month-old had plenty to do that was appropriate for his age and wasted no time getting busy! The park features a wood chip surface, and as it has recently opened, there are no shade trees, and it does get very hot on sunny days.
Nearby the playground is a small shaded picnic shelter with two picnic tables. The picnic area is the only area I found where I was disappointed. The tables appeared old and rickety and were also coated in what looked like arts and crafts materials and paint that someone neglected to clean up. We didn’t bring our lunch that day, so it didn’t matter, but I wouldn’t want to eat there in the future! I also noticed a few temporary bathrooms by the parking lot for those in need. Overall, the Tim Osmond Sports Complex playground was a fun place to play and worth a return trip.
I’m looking forward to seeing the finished project in a few years!
Editor’s note: the park has been completed since this profile was written.
Tim Osmond Sports Complex
38 Depot St., Antioch, IL
(East of Rt. 83 on the south side of Depot St. before Deep Lake Rd.)
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by Dawn T. (Volo)
Dawn is a former 1st grade and early childhood teacher turned to stay at home mom to 2 boys Dawn and her boys love journeying around Lake County and the Chicago suburbs to check out new places to play, restaurants, farms, gardens, museums, or anything that might be of interest to families with young children.