Voting Now Open To Win $75,000 For Ocean Strand Park
BOCA RATON, Fla. (Aug. 1, 2022) – With the click of a mouse or a tap of their finger, Boca Raton community members can help secure $75,000 to develop vacant land into a natural waterfront park.
Beginning today, anyone who wants to help can visit https://niagaraperkyourpark.com/parks/ocean-strand-park/ to vote for Ocean Strand Park in the National Recreation and Park Association's “Perk Your Park” contest.
Ocean Strand Park is one of 10 finalists in the Perk Your Park contest, sponsored by Niagara Bottling. The three parks receiving the most votes will receive $75,000 each.
“It's a great honor to make it this far in the contest,” District chair Erin Wright said. “Now it's up to the Boca Raton community to show its support, vote, and hopefully win money to offset the park development cost.”
Between August 1 and September 12, the contest's final day, each voter can visit the Ocean Strand Perk Your Park link once per day to cast their electronic ballot for Ocean Strand. The contest is free.
Located at 2300 N Ocean Blvd, between Spanish River Blvd. and Palmetto Park Rd., Ocean Strand is a 14-acre parcel of land that stretches from A1A to the Intracoastal.
The District purchased Ocean Strand in 1994 with the idea of creating a public park that accentuates the property's natural features and beauty. Recently, the District cleared invasive vegetation from the site in preparation for the creation of natural walking trails through the mangroves.
The Perk Your Park Contest is part of the Niagara Perk Your Park Project, an initiative that focuses on park and community space revitalization across the country. After funding two projects in 2021, Niagara is giving communities a chance to cast their votes for which three projects receive funding next.
Finishing among the contest's Top 3 will give Boca Raton the chance to show off its natural side while relieving the burden of tax payers.