About Us

History

When the Batavia Park District was created in 1969, it operated for 18 months without tax funding, owned no park land, and offered just a handful of recreational programs.

Today, the Park District operates with a budget of $3.5 million, manages over 400 acres of park land and serves approximately 100,000 patrons annually. It is an important contributor to the community's social, recreational and economic life.

Since its establishment, the District has done the following:

  • Kept pace with patron requests for recreational and leisure activities by offering hundreds of programs quarterly and annually for everyone from tots to octogenarians
  • Created a park within walking distance of most homes
  • Pioneered the development of bike trails which established Batavia as the hub of a tri-county bike trail system (in cooperation with Geneva, St. Charles, and Kane County)
  • Participated in a unique public-private collaboration to create the Batavia Riverwalk
  • Purchased and renovated a landmark structure which is now called the Eastside Community Center

Click here to view a historical document that lists all the Park Board Commissioners by year and office since the existence of the Batavia Park District.