Maracore Builders To Design/Build Ocean Strand Park
BOCA RATON, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2020) – Boca Raton's newest public park has a designer.
Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved the bid from Maracore Builders to design and create Phase I of Ocean Strand passive park, opening the park to the public by year's end.
“I am so pleased that we're moving forward to give residents the kind of natural park they want,” Commissioner Steven Engel said. “This vote should put to rest any lingering rumors about Ocean Strand. It will be a park open to the public – one everyone in the community can enjoy.”
The 14-acre Ocean Strand property is located between Spanish River Blvd. and Palmetto Park Rd. on A1A, stretching from the beach to the Intracoastal. Phase I focuses on the 11 acres west of A1A.
District commissioners scheduled a special virtual public meeting for Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 5:15 p.m. to allow community residents to ask questions and provide feedback about the design and anticipated timeline. Representatives from Maracore, along with current commissioners, will be in attendance.
“We believe community input is at the heart of great parks,” Commission Chair Susan Vogelgesang said.
Maracore's $100,000 bid includes the creation of a walking trail, clearing of invasive vegetation and the installation of benches and picnic tables.
AGTLand Landscape Architecture, which worked as a consultant on the renovation of Boca Raton's Red Reef Park is partnering with Maracore for the Ocean Strand project. Their familiarity with the environment will be beneficial to the project.
Initially, Ocean Strand will be a pedestrian park.
“Preserving green space in Boca Raton is the District's top priority and one I take seriously,” Commission Vice-Chair Erin Wright said. “I'm proud to be a part of the group that will open Ocean Strand to the public.”
The District purchased Ocean Strand with the idea of creating a public park that accentuates the property's natural features and beauty, believing that additional open space and access to both the Intracoastal and the beach would allow the community to appreciate Boca Raton's natural beauty in a relaxed setting.