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Boardwalk plans move forward with certificate

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – The Batavia Park District and the Batavia Parks Foundation on Monday moved another step closer to renovating the boardwalk at the Batavia Riverwalk.

The city’s Historic Preservation Commission approved a certificate of appropriateness for the project. The park district now will submit construction drawings to the city for a building permit.

The boardwalk was built by volunteers in the mid-1990s as part of the Batavia Riverwalk. Jim Eby, the district’s director of planning and development, said the well-used boardwalk needed to be replaced.

“People say they use the riverwalk the most of any facility we have,” Eby said.

He also said the project will make the boardwalk more handicap-accessible.

“The two entrance ramps that come out from the boardwalk where they meet the brick are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Eby said.

To raise money for the $175,000 boardwalk reconstruction project, the Batavia Parks Foundation recently kicked off a “Purchase-A-Plank” campaign. The foundation hopes to raise $40,000 toward the project.

Information can be found at www.purchaseaplank.com or on its Facebook page, Batavia Riverwalk Boardwalk Renovation. The foundation also is seeking volunteer groups of six to 12 adults and skilled people to assist with the demolition and construction of the boardwalk. Volunteers should contact coordinator Sharon Mitchell at smitchell82@comcast.net.

The project might get started in April, Eby said.

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