Batavia Community Set To Discuss Dam Removal, Riverfront Land Use

Batavia Community Set To Discuss Dam Removal, Riverfront Land Use

Batavia residents and public officials are set to discuss the removal of the Batavia dam and the highest and best use of a two-mile stretch of riverfront property.

The discussion will take place at two upcoming community engagement open houses. The first is a virtual meeting set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, the second is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Peg Bond Center, 151 N. Island Ave., Batavia.

The city of Batavia and the Batavia Park District have launched a comprehensive planning process for the Batavia Fox River Corridor intended to enhance recreational function, river ecology, cultural importance, and stewardship of Batavia’s most valuable natural resources for future generations.

The first step is selecting a dam removal process and reviewing how each concept affects the Depot Pond.

The Batavia Park District engaged the consulting team of planning, designing, and engineering professionals led by Hitchcock Design Group to develop a compelling vision for a two-mile section of the Fox River from Fabyan Parkway to Carlisle Road, giving special attention to evaluating the function, safety, and use of the Batavia Dam and Depot Pond.

For more information on the process, visit www.hitchcockdesigngroup.com/batavia-fox-river-corridor/

The Hitchcock Design Group will facilitate the two community open houses, during which Batavia residents may review and discuss the  concepts.

Park District and city officials are strongly encouraging residents to be a part of the discussion, which they say will help shape the future of Batavia’s Fox River Corridor.

Anyone interested in attending the webinar is asked to register in advance by clicking this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For more information on our Batavia Park District programs and events, call (630) 879-5235 or visit bataviaparks.org.

SOURCE: Batavia Park District news release