Batavia Park District names community center after Park Board President Pat Callahan

Batavia Park Board President Pat Callhan, second from left, pictured with his family, was honored at the March 21 board meeting when the board voted to name Batavia' future community center the Patrick J. Callahan Community Center.

The Batavia Park District Board honored President Pat Callahan by voting unanimously March 21 to name Batavia’s future community center the “Patrick J. Callahan Community Center,” according to a news release from the Batavia Park District.

In 2021, the district bought a two-story professional building at 150 Houston St. and plans are in the works to expand it into a multigenerational community center with amenities that include a community room, a child care room, a gathering space for active older adults, a new home for Batavia Access Television and storage for Batavia Depot Museum collections, according to the release.

The purchase and ongoing renovations were funded by Batavia Park District fund balances without the need for a referendum. Renovations to the building will occur in three phases and are projected to end in 2026, according to the park district.

Callahan was elected to the Batavia Park Board in 1998. He’s served 25 years and has helped to increase and improve recreation opportunities for all Batavians, according to the release from the park district.

The district expanded park space, developed and improved its flagship parks and facilities, including the Batavia Riverwalk and Hall Quarry Beach, and completed capital development projects, securing more than $13 million in federal state and local grants under Callahan’s presidency that began in 2005, according to the Batavia Park District.

“Pat is a true leader and visionary,” Batavia Park District Executive Director Allison Niemela said. “Under his guidance, we upgraded parks, facilities and programs and experienced the largest growth period in the district’s 54-year history.”

Under Callahan’s guidance, the park district added more than 200 acres of land and created neighborhood parks within walking distance of every Batavia resident. Callahan also worked with Fox Valley Special Recreation to provide accessible recreation options for residents of all ages and abilities, according to the release.

“I set out to make Batavia a better place and use my talents in service,” Callahan said in the release. “This honor is humbling. I have never had any expectation to receive but only to give.”

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