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Batavia in Genesee County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

DeWitt Recreation Area Restoration

DeWitt Recreational Area Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 24, 2020
1. DeWitt Recreational Area Marker
Inscription.  [caption] The site of DeWitt Recreation Area in 1995

The park you see today was used as a sand and gravel quarry prior to 1978. The land was donated to Genesee County by B.R. DeWitt Inc. in 1993 with the intent the site be used for family recreation (pictured on the left). With the creation of the park, projects were begun to restore natural habitats of the site and provide a place for the community to enjoy recreation and environmental education. The development and restoration of DeWitt Recreation Area is the result of cumulative efforts of over 25 different local volunteer organizations, community organizations and private companies. The perimeter of the lake was graded by the Naval Sea Bees and Hansen, and various planting projects have been completed with the help of AmeriCorps volunteers, ACORNS, and generous grants awarded by FLOWPA and the NRCS.

A wide variety of beneficial native trees, shrubs, warm season grasses and wildflowers were planted in an effort to restore the site to its pre-quarry days, reduce soil erosion, and provide food, shelter, and nesting sites for local wild animals. As the diversity of plants has
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grown over time, a wider variety of animals have found their home in the park. The clear and quiet water of the lake is a safe resting place for waterfowl on their migrations and has abundant fish for heron and turtles. Cattails, reeds, and willow saplings provide food and shelter for crustaceans, amphibians, waterfowl, muskrats, and beavers along the lakeshore. Shrubs and young trees offer snacks and hiding places for rabbits and other small mammals in the open meadows. The undulating terrain and mixed hardwood trees of the upland areas have become nesting site for songbirds and habitat for deer, foxes, squirrels, skunks, and other wild animals. During your visit today you may spot animal footprints in the mud, hear the calls of waterfowl, discover songbird nests, watch turtles sunning on logs, or find signs that wild animals have left on the trail to mark their territory!

Today the man-made landform of the park gives away its history as a quarry, however it has become a place of natural beauty and recreation due to the continued support of caring community members. You are a part of this growing success story every time you pick up litter, properly dispose of used fishing gear, or keep harmful waste and medications out of the sewer system. Keeping the land, water and air clean protects the health of wild animals and all of us. We invite you to enjoy the park and join
DeWitt Recreational Area Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 24, 2020
2. DeWitt Recreational Area Marker
On restrooms building.
us for Earth Day and other volunteer events throughout the year!

Pictured Above: 1. Red Oak; 2. White-tailed Deer; 3. Maple Tree; 4. Red Fox; 5. Cherry Tree; 6. Cottonwood Tree; 7. Willow Tree Sapling; 8. Red-winged Blackbird; 9. Northern Oriole; 10. Cottontail Rabbit; 11. Ted Twig Dogwood; 12. Green Frog; 13. Big Bluestem Grass; 14. Muskrat; 15. Cattails; 16. Largemouth Bass; 17. Mallard Duck; 18. Canada Goose; 19. Brown Trout; 20. Painted Turtle

Other Common Species Found at DeWitt Recreation Area: Fish – Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Sunfish, Carp, Perch. Mammals – Striped Skunk, Opossum, Meadow Vole, Grey Squirrel, Little Brown Bat. Songbirds - Eastern Bluebird, Tree Swallow, European Starling, Marsh Wren. Waterfowl - Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Wood Duck, Herring Gull. Reptiles – Garter Snake. Amphibians – Spring Peeper. Invertebrates – Monarch Butterfly, Cabbage Butterfly, Pond Snail.
Erected by Air & Waste Management Association, Finger Lakes Chapter.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1995.
Location. 42° 59.325′ N, 78° 9.667′ W. Marker is in Batavia, New York, in Genesee County. Marker is on Cedar Street, half a mile south
DeWitt Recreational Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 24, 2020
3. DeWitt Recreational Area
of Florence Avenue. Marker is posted on the restrooms building near Pavilion 1. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 Cedar Street, Batavia NY 14020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Joseph Ellicott (approx. 0.6 miles away); Benjamin Ellicott (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jos. Ellicott (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sacred to the Memory of Wm. Morgan (approx. 0.6 miles away); Batavia Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of Mansion (approx. one mile away); Cary House Site (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Batavia Club (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Batavia.
Also see . . .  DeWitt Recreational Area - Genesee County Parks. (Submitted on June 24, 2020, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 24, 2020, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 24, 2020, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.

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