Boca Raton Wildflower Park Progress Tracking

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This article presents some updated information regarding Wildflower Park progress. The tracker graphic included toward the end of this article has been updated accordingly. Past update articles are included for reference in Attachment 1. Following is a brief update discussion on each of the open phases.

Passive Park

Residents have been asking for Wildflower Park to be opened as a passive park while the long term EDSA waterfront study is proceeding. It appears that the City may be opening the park for residential use in November, 2017. The park design for this opening looks like it will be similar to the design when the park was opened for the Boca Raton Boat Parade on the evening of December 17, 2016. This means that there will still be a massive amount of open grey space (asphalt) instead of open green space. The City has improved the safety of the park and installed some benches along the waterfront. Opening for residents is waiting on FPL’s installing a new transformer to power the parking lot lights. The plan is to open the park for use from dawn to dusk. The following pic was taken on October 27, 2017.

Waterfront Study

The City’s consultant on the waterfront study, EDSA, is planning to present their report and conceptual master plan at the November 13, 2017 City Council Workshop Meeting.

Also, a creative, resident-driven group has formed and is providing broad design guidelines to the City and EDSA. This input includes ideas for the design of the next phase of Wildflower Park. One of the design ideas is to convert open grey space to open green space within the park. More information can be found here: https://bocawatch.org/whats-boca-saying-margaret-fitzsimons/

To fund the next phase of Wildflower Park enhancements recommended in the Waterfront study, a Wildflower Park line item is included in the City’s Capital Improvement Budget. The amount allocated for FY2017/2018 is $1.5M and for FY2018/2019 $2.8M has been budgeted.

So the vision for Wildflower Park is open it up for use in the short term with minimal investment and amenities, and implement a long term plan for the park that creates an awesome downtown waterfront destination.

BocaWatch will continue to track and report on the status of Wildflower Park.

Attachment 1 – Prior Wildflower Park Progress Tracking Articles

7/27/2017 – https://bocawatch.org/boca-raton-wildflower-park-progress-tracking-6/

6/20/2017 – https://bocawatch.org/wildflower-park-tracking-report-progress-at-last/

4/24/2017 – https://bocawatch.org/boca-raton-wildflower-park-progress-tracking-5/

4/17/2017 – https://bocawatch.org/boca-raton-wildflower-park-progress-tracking-4/

3/13/2017 – https://bocawatch.org/boca-raton-wildflower-park-progress-tracking-3/

3/6/2017 – https://bocawatch.org/boca-raton-wildflower-park-progress-tracking-2/

2/6/2017 – https://bocawatch.org/boca-raton-wildflower-park-progress-tracking/

1/12/2017 – https://bocawatch.org/wildflower-park-progress-tracking-article/

12/5/2016 – https://bocawatch.org/wildflower-site-tracking-chart/

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Jim Wood is a 25-year citizen of Boca Raton. Upon arriving in Boca from Arizona, Jim and his family had a house built in Broken Sound in the western section of the City. After the last of their three children left for college Jim and Trish downsized and relocated to east Boca, where they have lived for 18 years. His volunteering activities include serving eight years on an advisory board in the City. Jim is a computer engineer who advanced into executive positions with telecommunications companies Siemens and Lucent. He holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics and management, a master’s degree in computer engineering and an MBA. He is also a veteran who served four years on active duty with the United States Air Force. His interests include cycling (A1A), guitar (acoustic) and cooking (healthy comfort food). He is a member of the Boca Raton Bicycle Club and the FAU Alumni Association.

7 COMMENTS

  1. PUBLISHER’S UPDATE: Received a message from Margaret Fitzsimons this morning indicating that the November 13th EDSA presentation at the City Council workshop will only be a ‘formal’ recap of everything EDSA has already presented through their last public presentation…NO NEW DESIGNS are expected. This recap was originally scheduled the week of IRMA and postponed. AZ

  2. As long as there is PARKING that will be a start? ALL RESIDENTS need to provide input for Wildflower–Not just some “Creative, resident-driven group” (are they not-residents?). WE have 95,000 residents not just Margaret Fitzsimmons, LOL.

  3. Hey Glenn, the mayor says we are all suppose to walk and bike everywhere so why don’t we organize a bikeathon from Midtown area to Wildflower park. We each put together a team lead by you and myself. The losers buy lunch at Big Daddy’s for winners or maybe we put together a barbeque at wildflower site. Have some fun. We all want the same thing for boca which is sensible growth .

  4. If the park is only open from dawn to dusk, then why is it waiting on FPL to install a transformer for parking lot lights that are not needed?

    • Hey Ken, I was wondering the same thing. We live near Lake Wyman Park and they are open from dawn to dusk, but we often see city staff and park rangers in the park after dark. I think it’s basically to close the park after dusk.

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