To the editor:
I am looking forward to voting YES for the Batavia Activity and Recreation Center (BARC). One of the things I love best about our park district is the range of programming it offers and its openness to new ideas and collaborations. In my experience, I’ve seen several programs implemented at the suggestion of residents and local businesses.
Over the last year I have participated in the park district surveys, listening tours, and town hall meetings about the BARC. I have been pleased with how thorough they have been in their assessments and how responsive they have been to people’s questions and concerns.
Admittedly, I’m the perfect audience for this venue. We currently spend three to four hours per week driving my daughter to the Vaughan Center for swim lessons where we pay nonresident fees. We regularly travel to St. Charles for volleyball and soccer. I would love to save the time and the extra expense and spend our money in Batavia. My family also will benefit from the fitness equipment, indoor track and affordable after-school child care programming that will be offered.
I appreciate how the BARC is focused on the needs of all our citizens from toddlers to seniors. I believe that the focus on health and wellness and the offer of programs for groups of all ages with different activity interests is a sign of a healthy, thriving community.
I’m thrilled that an empty lot will be turned into an attractive, environmentally conscious design that demonstrates that we care about our community and are able to afford to invest in a venue that will serve us for years to come. I appreciate that the facility has been built with the possibility of expansion and that there are plans for the surrounding area to be landscaped and integrated with our nature paths.
Finally, in this age where it is increasingly tempting to isolate in our homes and on our screens, I love the way the building has been designed to foster engagement in open spaces so you can interact with neighbors while you work out or while you wait.
I am hopeful that other residents take a look at the plans and think through how this investment can make a positive impact not just on us as individuals and families, but as a community as a whole.