Batavia Groups will host interactive family-friendly play stations this weekend
BATAVIA, IL – On Saturday, May 7, National Outdoor Play Day, the Batavia Parks Foundation and volunteers from the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association will host family stations with interactive games at the South Riverwalk Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. . event, the Batavia Parks Foundation will also launch its new “Peace on Earth” campaign in partnership with Craig Foltos.
This special campaign will fund the replacement of the seasonal wooden letters that currently hang on the Batavia bike-pedestrian bridge with permanent letters that feature LED lighting to shine all year round. Installation is scheduled for fall 2023.
A new Pay It Forward promotion will direct funds raised from raffle ticket sales to the Peace on Earth project. Parks Foundation President Britta McKenna encourages residents and business owners to get involved. “Whether you purchase a $20 Play it Forward raffle ticket and have the option of being a major donor or sponsor, we will all need to ensure that Peace on Earth lights up in Batavia all year long,” McKenna said. .
Raffle tickets offer great prizes and discounts from many community businesses or “play partners”. Tickets will be sold at River Rhapsody Concerts, Batavia Farmers Market (June 11), Parks Foundation Board Members, daily at Foltos Barber Shop (7 East Wilson St.) and in line.
Only 1,000 tickets will be sold and the raffle winners will be drawn at Batavia Park District’s Pints by the Pond, a new craft beer festival, to be held on September 24.
Laura O’Brien, president of the Play it Forward promotion, said the raffle prizes offer winners “a unique and fun way to experience Batavia…And don’t just put the raffle ticket on the fridge The back of the raffle ticket is a discount card worth over $50 on fun experiences from our gaming partners.
The ten community play partners in the Play it Forward promotion are: BOJ-E-BIKES, Mirus, Sturdy Shelter Brewing, Sidecar Supper Club, Katie O’Brien Photography, Batavia Fine Arts Centre, Batavia Park District, Funway, The Comedy Vault , and at Pal Joey.
For any questions or more information about the Batavia Parks Foundation or the Play it Forward promotion, please contact [email protected]