Accessible Recreation

The City of Boca Raton’s Recreation Services Department is dedicated to providing enjoyable recreational experiences to all residents and visitors through inclusive programming and accessible facility design and accommodations.


Beach mats - Beach mats are located at the middle tunnel of Spanish River and the boardwalk at South Beach Pavilion and can be used in a multitude of applications for individuals of all abilities, including pedestrians and wheelchairs. The approved mat placement is a straight length from the boardwalk or tunnel to the beach. These mats will be accessible all year long.

Beach wheelchairs - Please speak to the Gate Attendant upon arrival.


Spanish River Park
A new playground that has a pour and play surface for easy traversal, wheelchair-bound patrons can navigate throughout the entire area and transfer stations that offer access up throughout the entire playground

Hillsboro El Rio Park
The southern part of the park will feature a large ADA accessible park and restrooms, and a long walking path which will provide amenities for able and disabled patrons

Sugar Sand Park Science Playground
Three-story scientific playground. New features that were designed for a more inclusive park experience. Unique features include new flooring, wheelchair accessible swings, sensory walls, stand-up spinner, roller table, quiet nook, sign language alphabet board, and more. All ramps are wide enough for patrons in wheelchairs and their caregivers. Ramps include new handrails as well.

Yearly Programs/Events

Sensory-Friendly Saturday - Children’s Science Explorium

Starting in May, the first Saturday of each month offers patrons an opportunity to explore the museum in a sensory modified setting with sound and lighting adjustments.


Palm Tran
The Palm Tran Connection is a shared ride, door-to-door paratransit service that provides transportation for disabled residents and visitors in Palm Beach County. Connection schedules all trips, prepares vehicle manifests, handles customer concerns and commendations, determines eligibility, and monitors the performance of the Transportation Providers.

Tri-Rail trains and stations are accessible to persons with disabilities. Elevators and passenger walkways are available to access station platforms and garages. All connecting Tri-Rail shuttle buses, as well as Palm Tran buses, are equipped with wheelchair lifts.