Plans to develop Ocean Strand into a passive park have won final approval from the city.
The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, which owns the vacant property between Spanish River and Red Reef parks, announced the successful end of the permitting process on Aug. 26. Surveyors were to be on the site the following week with development crews expected shortly afterward for the $300,000 project.
“We are excited to bring this great park to the Boca Raton community,” District Chair Erin Wright said in a statement. “We intend to develop a park that puts Boca’s natural beauty on full display.”
Located at 2300 N. Ocean Blvd., Ocean Strand’s 16.2 acres stretch from the beach to the Intracoastal Waterway.
The first phase of construction, for the land west of State Road A1A to the Intracoastal, will include natural walking trails through the mangroves, ADA accessibility and educational opportunities.
The unbuilt park is one of 10 finalists in the National Recreation and Park Association’s “Perk Your Park” competition. The contest, sponsored by Niagara Bottling, awards the top three vote-getting parks $75,000 each based on the results of an internet election.
The Boca Raton community is invited to visit www.niagaraperkyourpark.com/parks/ocean-strand-park/ to cast a ballot. Community members can vote once a day through Sept. 12.
— Steve Plunkett

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