May 19 is a date to remember in Batavia. It marks the official opening of the West Main Disc Golf Course.
Just two years ago, the disc golf course was merely a conceptual plan created by Batavia Park District intern Elizabeth Carsi. After consulting with Midwest Disc Golf in Lombard, a potential site for a disc golf course was chosen. A preliminary layout was established for an 18-hole course at West Main Community Park, and at the end of the semester, Carsi submitted her proposal to the Batavia Park Board.
Last year, the Batavia Parks Foundation caught wind of the proposal and looked into making the course a reality. After additional research and discussions with park district staff, the foundation board gave the approval to buy the equipment, and the park district began the work to prepare the course.
“It’s been the foundation’s mission to bring new recreational opportunities to Batavia, so we’re really ecstatic about this coming to fruition,” said Matt Ellmann, parks foundation board member. “We hope the community comes out to support this endeavor and learn about the sport of disc golf.”
Disc golf courses can be found throughout the suburbs, but the new course in Batavia is quickly becoming popular because of its unique layout and natural terrain. It has already attracted a number of professional players.
“Batavia’s new course is a great addition to the local disc golf scene,” said local pro Patrick Johnson, owner of Aces and Chains in Geneva. “It offers a high-risk, high-reward course to challenge even the best players. I definitely recommend checking it out.”
West Main Disc Golf Course will officially be dedicated on May 19 at West Main Community Park, 40W101 W. Main St., Batavia. Skill clinics will begin at 11:45 a.m., with a dedication following at 1 p.m. The festivities will continue with disc throwing contests, a scavenger hunt and refreshments. All ages are invited to attend and take part in this exciting event.
“The Batavia Park District is excited to bring a new amenity to our parks and for the opportunity to offer a sport that will attract all ages and skill levels,” said Batavia Park District Executive Director Allison Niemela. “The site of the disc golf course was home to a former tree nursery, so this venue has a unique presence that provides a sense of adventure unlike any other course in the Fox Valley area.”
• Kari Miller is director of marketing and public relations for the Batavia Park District. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.