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Batavia Park District Hosts Community Meeting April 13 for Blackard Skate-n-Bike Park

The Batavia Park District will host a community feedback meeting to get ideas for new amenities and site layouts for Blackard Skate-n-Bike Park, part of Clark Island Recreation Area.

The meeting is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 at the Clark Island Pavilion. Members of the public are invited to attend.

“In 2001, when we began the planning process for the original skate and bike park, young people of all ages showed up to help design the park and select their favorite gear. Here we are in 2022, and we are eager and ready to receive feedback from the public to create an innovative outdoor fitness experience for residents and visitors of all ages,” said Allison Niemela, Executive Director of the Batavia Park District. who want to help us choose new skate, bike and challenge course structures so that we can meet a variety of community-wide recreational needs.”

The industry experts at Upland Design Ltd. will share several design concepts for the park, answer questions, and solicit feedback and ideas from residents.

One design being considered for Blackard Skate-n-Bike Park is a ninja challenge course that provides residents with a flexible full-body workout space, with activities aimed at improving agility, balance and perseverance. Ninja classes promote well-being and human connection. They are perfect for individuals, groups or teams looking to build camaraderie, strength and endurance.

“The Naperville and Schaumburg park districts offer a ninja warrior course, similar to the TV show ‘American Ninja Warrior.’ This type of course is ideal for people who train with fitness programs by intervals,” Niemela said.


The Batavia Park District intends to apply for an OSLAD grant this year which will be announced the following year if awarded.

Administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant program is a state-funded matching grant program that provides financial assistance to agencies local governments for the acquisition and/or development of land for public outdoor recreation. areas.

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