From Our Editors
Like at a medieval fortress, a two-story structure made of wood and stone towers over a pool of water. And like the scrap chute that empties into the open mouth of a moat's crocodile, two diving platforms and a water slide deposit swimmers into the main pool at Batavia Park District's Harold Hall Quarry Beach—a 60,000-square-foot swimming hole chiseled into a former stone quarry. Though visitors can always brave the free falls, a zero-depth edge allows for a more leisurely entrance into the water, where guests of all ages swim laps in the lanes, practice slam-dunking on one another under the basketball hoop, show off their diving form on the diving towers, or pull themselves onto a wooden island to sunbathe. On the shore, landlubbers can relax or grab concessions at the picnic area, sunbathe on the sandy beach, or head to the beach-volleyball court to prevent lobstermen from stealing the net.