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Volunteers, donations sought to finish Batavia boardwalk project

Published: Friday, March 21, 2014 11:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 21, 2014 11:52 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA – The boardwalk at the Batavia Riverwalk will take on a new look this year.

The Batavia Parks Foundation looks to complete the Batavia Riverwalk Boardwalk project this year after volunteers completed demolition and plank installation last year.

“We are looking to get geared up again,” Batavia Parks Foundation volunteer Britta McKenna said. “We are looking to get done by the fall.”

Volunteers will work on completing the railings, overlook, electric and site amenities. The boardwalk was built by volunteers in the 1990s as part of the Batavia Riverwalk and was in need of replacement.

The foundation is seeking volunteer groups of six to 12 adults and skilled tradespeople to assist with work this season. Volunteers should be of high school age or older and able to work one Saturday morning from 7:45 a.m. until at least noon to qualify as a “Group of the Week.”

Groups that are interested should contact coordinator Sharon Mitchell at smitchell82@comcast.net to schedule a Saturday date, June through mid-September. Individuals wanting to help can just show up at 9 a.m. Saturdays starting on March 29, depending on weather.

Also needed are snack break volunteers to provide a mid-morning snack for the workers. Individuals or restaurants wishing to sign up to provide snacks for about a dozen volunteers should contact Barb Brady at barbbrady25@gmail.com.

The Batavia Parks Foundation is also looking for donations to finish the project. The deadline for major donor gifts to be included in the project’s major donor plaque is May 31, McKenna said.

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Go to www.purchaseaplank.com to find out more about the boardwalk renovation project or volunteer.

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