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Miller: Bags tourney to benefit Batavia park projects

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Batavia Parks Foundation is a group of volunteers looking to make an impact in the community. In 2005, the group formed to promote community and quality of life for Batavians. The goal of the group is to enhance open space, parks, facilities and recreational programs within the Batavia Park District.

Since the foundation formed, it has been responsible for the return of the SpaceNet playground apparatus at Engstrom Park, the development of the Bark Park and the performing arts pavilion at the Batavia Riverwalk. The group also supports the park district’s Leisureship Program, which provides scholarship opportunities for families in need and music programs at the Riverwalk.

More than $400,000 has been raised for these and other projects, thanks to the efforts of this dedicated group.

“Funding for projects comes from a variety of sources, including community campaigns, support from service organizations, grants, the park district and the city. It truly is a community effort,” foundation board president Steve McKenna said. “We’re also able to respond to smaller requests through awareness fundraisers throughout the year.”

Current projects include a fundraising campaign to replace the outdated boardwalk at the Batavia Riverwalk and the completion of Batavia’s first disc golf course, which will be dedicated in summer.

For several years, the Batavia Parks Foundation has hosted a bags tournament fundraiser to provide funds for initiatives. Your next opportunity to support the group’s efforts will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Eastside Community Center, 14 N. Van Buren St.

The foundation is seeking teams of two adults, ages 21 and older to “Toss for a Cause.” Teams will play a minimum of three games, and cash prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams. The cost is $50 a team and includes the tournament, drinks, snacks and prizes.

Registration forms are available at the Batavia Park District Civic Center, 327 W. Wilson St.; the Eastside Community Center; and online at www.bataviaparks.org. Teams also may register by phone at 630-879-5235.

For information, call 630-879-5235 or visit www.bataviaparks.org.

• Kari Miller is director of marketing and public relations for the Batavia Park District. Contact her at editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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