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Batavia’s Quarry Beach to open on schedule

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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(Sandy Bressner – sbressner@shawmedia.com)
Crews at Quarry Beach in Batavia have been working to level off the sand that was eroded during flooding last month.

BATAVIA – The Batavia Park District’s Harold Hall Quarry Beach will open for the season on schedule June 1, despite being flooded out during heavy rains in April.

“Fortunately, our sump pumps were working, and we were able to drain the rainwater,” Batavia Park District Executive Director Allison Niemela said.

Heavy rains filled Quarry Beach to within a foot of its capacity.

Quarry Beach occupies a former store quarry and features a sand bottom swimming area. The park district had to bring in a contractor to level off the sand in the swimming area after the heavy rains had eroded the sand.

“We are right where we need to be,” Niemela said. “We will be able to open on June 1 with no problems.”

Recent dry weather has helped the park district in getting Quarry Beach ready to open.

“We have been able to get on track,” Niemela said.

The park district also has been training lifeguards who will work at Quarry Beach during the upcoming season.

“The park district takes great pride in training our guards,” Niemela said.

Quarry Beach, 400 S. Water St. in Batavia, will be open from noon to 6 p.m. daily June 1 to Aug. 18. Daily admission rates are $8 for residents and $11 for nonresidents.

During its special family days, hours will be extended from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with a twilight special from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission during those special hours will be $3 for residents and $4 for nonresidents.

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