I spent a good portion of the bright and sunny day in Downtown Batavia taking some stock photos for my Bataiva Real Estate website. My wife, daughter and I did the riverwalk this past winter during the Christmas tree lighting but the temperature was not great for exploring so this is the first chance I had to walk the full loop. I took advantage of the free parking around Batavia City Hall and set out to look at the Peg Bond Center pavillion. During the Christmas tree lighting, there were several musical acts playing under the shell here as well as Santa in the actual center. The Center and surrounding park is really looking sharp – it’s going to look even better when the flowers are up. In any case, I decided to walk the riverwalk counter-clockwise starting at Batavia City Hall. There is a really cool kaleidoscope just outside where you can look through an eye-piece at a planter of flowers and spin the planter.
Gazebo on the Fox RiverThe riverwalk follows the Fox River north. There is a pedestrian bridge at the start where you can cross to the east bank of the river but I went north. There are several windmills on display – built by the Challenge Factory. At the north end of the riverwalk you can view the old Challenge Factory, iconic smokestack and dam. If you look into the river where it passes between the dam and shore you can get a great view of the Niagra Limestone that made this area so popular for quarries in its early history. At the north end of the Batavia riverwalk is a large gazebo that overlooks an island in the Fox River. There are outlooks built out along the river at several points along the trail giving hikers a great view of the downtown.
Heading south again along the river, the riverwalk circles a cove where the river makes a small lake. There is a boat launch here as well as a play structure and several sculptures. Overall, the loop is perhaps a half-mile and is completely paved so is an easy walk. It makes a great walk for visitors and the informative signs along the trail tells a bit of Batavia’s early history. In general I highly recommend the Batavia Riverwalk and hope you have a chance to check it out next time you are visiting Downtown Batavia.