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Bogue: Community invited to celebrate Memorial Park rededication

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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The Batavia Park District will celebrate completed renovations at Memorial Park, 601 Illinois Ave., Batavia, with a rededication ceremony at 1 p.m. June 2. Family activities will follow the ceremony.

After an extensive renovation at Memorial Park, the Batavia Park District will celebrate with a rededication ceremony and activities.

New renovations were completed at the park, in Batavia, and the community is invited to celebrate at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. June 2.

Memorial Park is one of the most heavily used parks within the community because of the different-sized fields and lit tennis courts.

The Memorial Park shelter is rented often for birthday parties, family reunions and picnics.  

Director of Planning and Development Jim Eby has played an influential part in this project.

“The tennis courts have been replaced completely. There is an upgraded lighting system, and back stops have been added to prevent foul balls,” Eby said.

“An accessible route to all amenities has also added a new dimension, which has created a very popular walking path.”

The rededication ceremony is a great opportunity for Batavia residents to experience the renovated park. Join us for family-friendly activities and free refreshments.

The community is invited to celebrate at the Memorial Park rededication with the approximate activity schedule below:

• 1 p.m. – Dedication ceremony

• 1:30 p.m. – Kid’s Fun Run

• 2 p.m. – “Mascot Dizzy Bat Race,” with Bruce the Spruce, Chuck the Duck and Kane County Cougar’s Ozzie

2:30 p.m. – Family Fruit Fling

The dedication ceremony will consist of a ribbon-cutting event, which will officially mark the opening of the new and renovated Memorial Park.

Afterward, children ages 5 and up can take part in a Kid’s Fun Run.

Park district staff will be timing the run, and the top five finishers will receive prizes.

Next, enjoy the “Mascot Dizzy Bat Race” to see which mascot will win and get the chance to take pictures with your favorite one.

Finally, you won’t want to miss the Family Fruit Fling.

Teams of two will participate by flinging fruit to hit the closest target.

The top three teams will win a prize.

For information about the Memorial Park rededication, call the Batavia Park District at 630-879-5235 or visit www.bataviaparks.org.

• Brittany Bogue is marketing and sponsorship coordinator for the Batavia Park District. Contact her at editorial@shawmedia.com.

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