The City to the south is planning a transformation of its central beach areas to urban green space.  Their projects include an oceanfront park with water features and an Intracoastal Waterway promenade.   Representatives of EDSA design firm have put plans together for the City. The design work includes several open park areas and sidewalk and street improvements along portions of Las Olas Blvd and A1A.  Mayor Jack Seiler said, “I’m much more excited and enthusiastic about this plan” now that I can see “the whole concept, the whole flow”.  The City’s oceanfront parking will be relocated  to north of Las Olas with the former parking lot turned into a park, with an open grass area that can host special events, two water features including a youth play area, a sandy palm area that would provide a respite from the heat, etc.  Commissioner Dean Trantalis said “I like the idea of transforming the parking lot into an activity area, we are creating more and more green space here.”

 

And Boca Raton is doing what? Our City, up until now only considered a brick and mortar chain restaurant for “our property” at the Wildflower site. It’s now officially an idea from times past.  For several months, we have been asking for active green space on this site but our city leaders have not been listening.

Our only idea to include parks in the downtown is one proposed by P&Z member, Glen Gromann, for “pocket parks”.  What’s that… a bench for 1 with 1 shrub?  We must think creatively where ALL TAXPAYERS have access to our property.

Suggestion:

A Call to Action – let’s put sod down, clean up the palm trees and place picnic tables on the site.  Let’s remove the chain fence & No Trespassing signs which have been denying us, taxpayers, our property for over 6 years and…..LET’S GET IT DONE NOW….

 

Referenced October 13, 2015 Sun Sentinel article by Larry Barszewski here