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Batavia Skatepark Advocates

November 14, 2019 - 11:32am

Press release:

The Batavia Skatepark Advocates group (BSA) is holding their first public community meeting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16th to discuss possibilities for development of a permanent skatepark for the City.

The meeting will be held at the Genesee County YMCA, located at 209 E. Main St. in Batavia. Community members are encouraged to come out to share their thoughts and ideas about a public skatepark.

Batavia has a long history of skateboarding, and previously had a temporary skatepark.

Local community member and skatepark advocate Richard Umlauf, lead advocate for the BSA, says, “We are very excited to get started on a new public skatepark project. The skatepark will be great for the youth of Genesee County and the City of Batavia.

"Public skateparks provide a safe place for young people to meet new people, and can instill drive and determination as they learn new skills in a welcoming, free-to-use public recreation facility.”

Batavia Skatepark Advocates join community advocates from communities across Western New York in pursuing a skatepark for their City’s young people. Like Rochester, Medina, Lockport, Amherst, Buffalo, Jamestown, and Ellicottville, local advocates in Batavia hope to take advantage of the Built to Play Skatepark Grant offered by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and Tony Hawk Foundation.

Community members are excited to partner with the City of Batavia to create a skatepark that will not only be great for the local citizens, but also be a destination skatepark for regional enthusiasts.

The public is welcome to come out to the Genesee County YMCA on Saturday to brainstorm and discuss public skatepark possibilities for the City of Batavia.

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