Wildflower / Silver Palm Park Site
Update: May 2022
The Silver Palm Park and Wildflower sites are moving closer to completion. Progressing with the City’s Waterfront Master Plan, recent construction and updates to both sites includes the following:
Silver Palm Park
- Anticipated opening: Summer 2022
- Staff is coordinating art projects that will be featured throughout the site.
- Boat ramp pour was completed in April.
- Floating dock is near completion.
- Restroom construction is complete.
- Irrigation projects continue.
- Anticipated opening: Fall 2022
- Restroom roof poured.
- North property line privacy wall installed.
- Grading and site work continue.
Update: March 2022
Work continues at the Wildflower/Silver Palm Site. Over the next month, residents will be able to see the following activities taking place:
SILVER PALM PARK:
- Construction of boat ramp and dock
- Installation of shade structure foundation
- Installation of pavers and landscaping
- Restroom installations
Tentative opening of the site is scheduled for Summer 2022.
- Fountain construction
- Site grading
- Relocation of trees and rough-in of irrigation
- Building slab pour and masonry work
- Curb pour in the parking lot
Update: February 2022
The seawall at Wildflower Park was completed in late December 2021 and work is progressing with underground utilities. At Silver Palm Park, the old bathroom has been demolished and a new one is being constructed. Pavement has been placed and sidewalks poured. The boat ramp components and landscaping are both underway. Additionally, public art structures have been approved by City Council to enhance the new space.
Update: November 17, 2021
Construction continues at the Wildflower/Silver Palm Park site, part of the City’s Waterfront Master Plan. Recent updates include:
- On the north side, construction of the seawall on the Wildflower site is underway. The work on the seawall began in early 2021 and is being conducted by Cone & Graham, Inc.
- Construction of the overall combined project is in progress. The contractor for the project, Burkhardt Construction, Inc., commenced renovation activities on the Silver Palm Park site with:
- Demolition of the existing restroom
- Construction of the new restroom facility
- Construction of new underground utilities
The site and boat ramp continue to be closed to all pedestrian, vehicular, and boat traffic. New park amenities and renderings can be seen below in the April 13, 2021 update.
Update: August 24, 2021
As part of the City’s Waterfront Master Plan, construction is set to begin at Silver Palm Park after the Labor Day holiday on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. The construction is part of a multi-million-dollar project to enhance the Wildflower/Silver Palm Park with new pedestrian restrooms, walkways, green spaces, pavilion, promenade, additional parking, a third boat ramp, and the much-anticipated connection between both parks. View the April 13, 2021 update below to see the new enhancements that will be included.
For the safety of the public and to ensure the construction is completed as quickly as possible, the park and boat ramp will be completely closed for 6 months to all pedestrian, vehicular, and boat traffic. This will obviously impact our boat permit holders.
The contractor understands the desire and importance to have the boat ramp open as soon as possible and the City will continue to keep residents updated on the progress of the project. New boat launch and recovery permits will not be issued until the park reopens once the construction is complete. The City will review and consider pricing and fees associated with permits once we get closer to reopening.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we make improvements and enhancements to our waterfront parks.
Here is a list of alternative boat ramps that can be accessed by residents and non-residents:
Harvey E. Oyer Jr. Park
- 2010 N Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL
- This park charges $1.50 for trailer parking and is free for standard vehicle parking
- This park can be accessed by residents and non-residents
- 1001 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach
- This park is free of charge and can be accessed by residents and non-residents
- Knowles Park provides trailer parking spaces and standard vehicle parking spaces
- 1211 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach
- This park is free of charge and can be accessed by residents and non-residents
- Mangrove Park provides trailer parking spaces and standard vehicle parking spaces
- 217 N.E. 5 Ave, Deerfield Beach
- This park charges $1 per hour for use of the park and can be accessed by residents and non-residents
- Pioneer Park has trailer parking spaces and standard vehicle parking spaces
Update: April 13, 2021
At the City Council Workshop on April 12, 2021, Council discussed the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Agreement with staff regarding the construction of the Wildflower/Silver Palm site. As proposed by staff, Council made recommendations to reduce the costs associated with the agreement.
The approval of the GMP Agreement with the Contractor is tentatively scheduled for the first City Council meeting in May. Construction will commence in early summer 2021.
The seawall at Wildflower Park is estimated to be completed in October 2021.
Amenities to be included:
|SILVER PALM PARK|
|Parking (50 spaces)||Parking (vehicle and trailer)|
|Pedestrian promenade||Pedestrian promenade|
|Grand stairs seating||Pedestrian path|
|Pavilion/restroom||Pedestrian plaza and seatwalls|
|Event lawn||Shade sails and seating|
|Interactive water feature||New restroom|
|Entry plaza||Existing boat ramp|
|Seating area||New boat ramp|
|Park connector (under the bridge)||Boat washing station|
|Seatwalls||Grass trailer parking|
|Fish cleaning station|
Update: January 29, 2021
Construction of the sea wall at Wildflower Park has begun and is estimated to take nine months. The Park will remain closed until all construction and renovations are complete. A project timeline will be forthcoming.
Update: December 7, 2020
The Wildflower Park will close to the public at the beginning of January 2021 when construction of the sea wall begins.
The City entered into an agreement with Cone & Graham, Inc. for the construction of the seawall at Wildflower Park. Construction is scheduled to commence in January 2021.
On December 8, the City Council approved the contract with Burkhardt Construction Inc., for the overall construction of the Wildflower Park and Silver Palm Park Project.
Council directed staff to explore additional options with the City’s consultant EDSA for artistic pieces. These options will be presented at an upcoming council meeting.
Update: September 29, 2020
The City of Boca Raton's Wildflower / Silver Palm Park is in full swing.
The City will start the park renovations with the construction of a new seawall at Wildflower Park.
- City went out to bid in Summer 2020.
- City Council approved the recommendation for award for the Seawall Construction Contractor on September 9, 2020.
- Anticipated construction commencement in late 2020.
Additionally, the City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Construction Manager at Risk Contractors for the construction of the overall Wildflower / Silver Palm Park site.
- RFP closed on August 18, 2020.
- Recommendation forward for the Construction Manager at Risk Contractor is scheduled for Fall 2020.
- Early 2021 construction commencement.
Update: October 25, 2019
Construction of the park project is scheduled to begin in Early 2021 and will include:
About the Wildflower property: 551 East Palmetto Park Road
The City of Boca Raton purchased the 2.3-acre parcel of land located at 551 East Palmetto Park Road in December 2009. The park area fronts the Intracoastal Waterway to the east and Palmetto Park Road and the Lucas Douglas Bridge over the Intracoastal to the south. The property was formerly the site of a restaurant known as the Wildflower and is generally referred to by the community as the Wildflower Property.
The property connects to NE 5th Avenue on the west and is bordered by residential property to the north and commercial property to the southwest. Palmetto Park Road is the City's main downtown east-west thoroughfare connecting the beach to I-95 and west Boca Raton.
About Silver Palm Park: 600 East Palmetto Park Road
Silver Palm Park is well known to the City's boating community. The 3.7-acre waterfront park includes two active boat launch ramps that provide direct access to Lake Boca Raton, the Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean. The park is also popular with local fisherman and has a seawall with a fish cleaning area, boat docks and seating. There are restrooms on site and a few picnic grills and tables.
The park will have new, additional parking, a new restroom location, promenade seating and additional park amenities that may include picnic areas, exercise stations and walking pathways. A direct pedestrian connection under the Palmetto Park Road Bridge will provide access to the Wildflower Property.