MILLEDGEVILLE, Ill. — Drake Dublo doesn’t seem like the kind of kid who enjoys being idle.

He plays free safety on the Milledgeville Missiles football team. He’ll be a forward on this year’s basketball team, and plays outfield on the school’s baseball team.

Off the courts or fields, Drake, the 17-year-old son of Mark and Sheila Dublo, competes in Scholastic Bowl, serves as class secretary, and is a National Honor Society member.

On weekends? He’s restoring Tot Lot Park on Charles Street.

“I used to come here when I was a little kid, and it was kind of run down even then,” Drake said.

The work — he’s put in about 26 or so hours so far — is part of his Eagles Scout project for Boy Scouts Troop 55.

Tot Lot is almost as old as the village’s park district, which formed in 1969. Three years later, 2 and a half lots were purchased, playground equipment was installed, and Tot Lot Park was born.

Drake thought the park needed some attention, so he decided to make his Eagle Scout project getting Tot Lot Park in tip-top shape — which included installing and staining a new wood playset.

Some of the paint on the old playground equipment was chipped and faded, which stood in stark contrast to the new playset, so Drake is taking a brush in hand and brightening things up.

He’s also added two new picnic tables to the park, and a bench in honor of his late grandfather, Terry Pilgrim.

“A lot of the funding for this came from his memorial fund,” Drake said.

Dublo plans to paint the remaining equipment, hoping to finish as soon as possible.

“I know I’ve got to get done,” he said. “It’s been really hot and really windy for painting.”

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