"Putting People in the Parks!"
Foundation Vice President
To foster recreation and open space initiatives that enhance residents' quality of life.
Visit www.bataviaparksfoundation.org for more information! Interested in becoming a Parks Foundation Board Member? Submit an application and come to share your experience & skills, by contributing to this organization!
Since its inception in 2005, the Batavia Parks Foundation has raised more than $500,000 in funds and completed a number of capital projects. They continue to search for ways to raise funds and to complete projects that will enhance the community.
The return of the Spacenet - dedicated summer 2010
The Peg Bond Center Performing Arts Pavilion - dedicated in summer 2011
The funding of equipment for an 18-hole Disc Golf Course - dedicated in summer 2013
The renovation of the boardwalk at the Batavia Riverwalk - dedicated in fall 2014
The funding of a bulldog statue to serve as the base for the new Pet Memorial Program - dedicated in summer 2015
The success of the Bulldogs Unleashed 2.0 public art fundraising campaign, raising $22,962 for the Foundation in 2018
The application of a new field lime material to Engstrom Family Park ball field in 2019
The Leisure-ship Program is a scholarship program created by the Batavia Parks Foundation in an effort to provide individuals in need of financial assistance the funding to participate in Park District programs.
Any qualified family or individual in financial need of assistance within the jurisdiction of the Batavia Park District (residents only). The qualifications are evaluated through the Park District Scholarship Program and the application process is managed by the Director of Community Recreation.
The Leisure-ship Program is fully funded by donations. These donations may be from Park District participants, local residents, merchants, or even those outside the park district jurisdiction who may want to donate to a good cause.
Our current registration form has a small section asking residents if they would like to donate to the program scholarship fund of the Batavia Parks Foundation. At this time, when a resident checks the appropriate box stating they would like to donate to this fund, the noted (tax deductible) amount is added to their total amount due. Once a donation has been made, the donation will then be separated out from the Park District's registration fee and then sent to the Parks Foundation for distribution.
As a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization, we depend upon your contributions of time, talent, and donations to continue improving and enhancing the entire parks system. Because clean, safe, and active parks are essential to building strong communities, your support impacts not only Batavia 's precious natural resources, but also the citizens' quality of life.
To get started, choose a Fund in which you would like to contribute a green gift:
"I sat on the foundation board for over 14 years and found great satisfaction and fulfillment from serving the community. The reason I become involved and volunteered was, to "give back". Batavia is a special town, and it is a great place to raise a family, socialize, play and learn. As such, I wanted to support an organization that promotes and enhances community spirit and living a healthier lifestyle. The Batavia Parks Foundation is here to serve through the advancement of recreation, a celebration of diversity, stewardship of the environment and enhancement of every citizen's quality of life. Foundation projects and programs mirror my philosophy of providing service with meaning and impact." - Matt Ellman, former Parks Foundation Board Member