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Bags tournament to benefit local park projects

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Kari Miller

The Batavia Parks Foundation is a group of local volunteers looking to make an impact in the community. In 2005, the group formed in an effort to promote community and quality of life for all Batavians. Their goal is to enhance open space, parks, facilities and recreational programs within the Batavia Park District.

Since the Foundation formed, they've been responsible for the return of the SpaceNet playground apparatus to Engstrom Park and for the performing arts pavilion at the Batavia Riverwalk. They also support the park district's Leisureship Program, which provides scholarship opportunities for families in need. More than $250,000 has been raised for these projects thanks to the efforts of this dedicated volunteer group.

Current projects include a fundraising campaign to replace the outdated boardwalk at the Batavia Riverwalk, and the completion of Batavia's first disc golf course, which will be dedicated in early summer.

For several years, the Parks Foundation has been hosting a bags tournament fundraiser to help fund projects, such as the disc golf course and the Leisureship Program. Your next opportunity to support their efforts will be Saturday, February 2 at 6:30 pm at the Eastside Community Center, 14 N. Van Buren St.

The Parks Foundation is seeking teams of two adults ages 21 and up to "Toss for a Cause". Teams will play a minimum of three games, and cash prizes will be awarded to the first and second place teams. The cost is $50 per team and includes tournament; beer, wine, soda and water; snacks; and prizes.

Registration forms are available at the Park District Civic Center, 327 W. Wilson St., the Eastside Community Center and online at Teams can also register by phone at 630-879-5235.

For more information please call 630-879-5235 or visit