Palm Beach County, Fla., Parks to Receive User-Friendly Makeovers

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Each of the five public attractions is near neighborhoods sold by Waterfront Properties and Club Communities.

Parks on the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter will get a new look in the next couple of years.

Burt Reynolds Park, which is adjacent to Waterfront Properties and Club Communities in Jupiter, will get 26 more boat-trailer parking spots, a dock extension and a party pavilion with restrooms.

From paddlers to hikers, from boaters to birders, the changes in store for Palm Beach County’s waterfront green spaces are sure to please all who have homes in Jupiter and the surrounding areas.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Hal Valeche recently outlined makeover plans for five pristine parks in and around the Loxahatchee River. The ambitious project, which will run through 2015, is a joint effort of the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department, the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management, the town of Jupiter, the Florida Inland Navigation District and the state.

Fullerton Island is the first project on the list. Fullerton Island, a 12-acre oasis in a pocket of waterfront homes in Jupiter, will be transformed into a productive mangrove and seagrass habitat, and more than six acres of nonnative species will be removed in order to preserve it as an environmental resource and a steward of wildlife. Construction plans call for six boat slips, a hiking path and a picnic area. The expected completion date is the end of 2013.

At Bert Winters Park on Ellison Wilson Road in Juno Beach, south of Frenchman’s Harbor, an additional 1.5 acres was acquired for use as a boat-trailer parking lot. A total of 36 spaces will be provided. Makeover plans also call for renovating the two boat ramps, adding restrooms and creating a north entrance. Work will get under way at Bert Winters Park in 2014, and will last one year.

Burt Reynolds Park, which is adjacent to Waterfront Properties and Club Communities in Jupiter, will get 26 more boat-trailer parking spots, a dock extension and a party pavilion with restrooms. The project is so extensive, it will require the building housing the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce to be demolished. Work on the dock extension will begin in September, and the rest of the job will run through 2015.

Riverbend Park is the westernmost park slated for renovations, and the historic open space is an asset to those living in Ranch Colony. Among the improvements are a new entry, park office and restroom facilities. Also, a plaza with a kiosk referencing the Loxahatchee River battlefield will be included, as will an overlook point onto the area that saw Seminole War action. Construction at Riverbend Park will commence in a few months.

Waterway Park covers more than 30 acres next to Jonathan’s Landing and is the focus of a multiphase project that aims to attract recreational boaters. Plans call for the addition of boat ramps, floating docks, restrooms, and parking spaces for vehicles and boat trailers. Waterway Park renovations are scheduled to start in early 2015, according to Veleche.

Waterfront Properties and Club Communities considers the more than 8,000 acres of county park space an attraction to those considering moving to the Palm Beach County area and welcomes their ensuing upgrades.

For additional information about the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department projects, call 561-355-2201.

For additional information about Waterfront Properties and Club Communities, call 561-746-7272.

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