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.
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.
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: http://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