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Flooding may delay opening of Batavia's Harold Hall Quarry Beach

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, April 26, 2013 8:54 a.m. CDT
(Sandy Bressner - sbressner@shawmedia.com)
Last week's floooding may delay the opening of Quarry Beach in Batavia. Rainfall filled Quarry Beach within a foot of its capacity, preventing crews from getting Quarry Beach ready for the season.

BATAVIA – Whether Batavia Park District’s Harold Hall Quarry Beach will open for the season June 1 is unclear because of last week’s flooding, which is preventing crews from getting the quarry ready for the season.

“We can’t make any definite decisions,” Batavia Park District Executive Director Allison Niemela said Wednesday. “We still have concerns about prep work that needs to be done.”

Heavy rains filled Quarry Beach to within a foot of its capacity. Hall Quarry Beach occupies a former stone quarry and features a sand bottom swimming area.

“Our sump pumps are working around the clock to drain the water,” Niemela said.

The flooding is preventing the park district from getting equipment into the quarry to regrade the sand, which it does every year to ensure the safety of patrons.

“We will put safety first, but we are optimistic we will open June 1,” Niemela said.

The Batavia Park District’s Clark Island Recreation Area remains closed because of flooding, as does Geneva Park District’s Island Park.

In addition, the following parks in St. Charles remain closed because of flooding issues: Pottawatomie Park, Mount St. Mary Park, Boy Scout Island, Ferson Creek Park, Riverside/Buie Park and Taly Park.

Also, the dog park is closed at the St. Charles Park District’s James O. Breen Community Park, and all trails at the park district’s Primrose Farm are closed. The farmstead is open during regular hours.

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