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Park District Announces Site Location for Proposed Facility

Tue January 21, 2020

BATAVIA, IL – At the November park board meeting the Batavia Park Board voted on a resolution to place a $27.1 million bond referendum on the March 17 ballot to acquire the land, build, and equip the construction of a 65,100-square-foot recreational facility.

Batavia Park District has a legacy of delivering a wide variety of quality recreational programs and experiences; however, the lack of indoor recreation space is limiting the delivery of services. Extensive community engagement and planning helped identify residents’ need for indoor space and the Park District considers the addition of a new recreation center an important priority as a quality of life enhancement for the residents in which it serves. This led to the conceptual development of the Batavia Activity & Recreation Center (the BARC).

The proposed indoor, multi-generational facility would feature an eight-lane swimming pool, a year-round, multi-plex to include a combination of indoor turf area, multi-activity court gymnasium, indoor walking/running track. The facility would include a wellness area designed for group fitness and cardio equipment, and multi-purpose rooms for multi-generational programming.

The location of the facility resides in the Fox Valley Business Park, located off Route 25 (River Street) at the corner of Belleview Lane and Oswalt Avenue in Batavia. The Illinois Prairie Path runs adjacent to the site location that will make for easy connectivity to the Fox River Trail in the future. The site location wasn’t announced until this time due to non-disclosure agreements with multiple landowners related to land acquisition negotiations.

If passed, the bond referendum would result in an annual tax increase of approximately $59.38 per $100,000 of assessed home value for a period of 20 years, which breaks down to roughly $5 per month or $1.14 per week. If you are unsure of your assessed home value, look at your tax bill or visit the Kane County Assessor's Office at http://kanecountyassessments.org/.

The public is invited to attend upcoming information meetings scheduled for Wednesday, February 5, at 7:00 pm, located in the Civic Center Bart Room, 327 W. Wilson;  Saturday, February 8 at 10:00 am, located at the Eastside Community Center’s Shannon Hall, 14 N. Van Buren Street; and Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 pm, located at the Peg Bond Center, 151  N. Island Avenue. Election Day is March 17.

Please visit bataviaparks.org/2020-referendum to learn more, view the facility conceptual renderings, and read the Frequently Asked Questions webpage. If you have additional questions, please contact us at 630-879-5235 or email marketing@bataviaparks.org.