Wildflower / Silver Palm Park Site
Wildflower Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Opening
The City of Boca Raton’s newest park – Wildflower Park – officially opened to the public on Saturday, October 22.
A ceremonial ribbon cutting took place on October 22, 2022, at 11:30am.
Regular park hours are 8am - 11pm. Wildflower Park is located at 551 E Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33432.
Upcoming Events at Wildflower Park
Wildflower Park will be home to various events in the coming months as you enjoy the park.
November 1 - 28
Beginning Monday, November 21, a local sand artist will create a 6-foot tall sand sculpture to commemorate the opening of Wildflower Park. Stop by to see the work in progress over the first couple of days. The sculpture will remain for viewing through the following Monday (weather permitting).
On Friday, December 16, Palm Beach Plein Air artist will set up their easels to find inspiration and capture the views at the City's newest waterfront park. Stop by to observe painters while they work.
FREE Tai Chi class on Saturday, January 7 at 9am
Food Truck Friday makes its return to Wildflower Park on Friday, February 3 11am - 2pm. Come hungry!
About Wildflower Park
Wildflower Park opened to the public on Saturday, October 22. The multi-million-dollar, newly renovated passive park fronts the Intracoastal Waterway near the downtown district, providing residents and visitors a beautiful new waterfront amenity.
The new park is located on a 2.3-acre site of land the City purchased in 2009, and is part of the City’s Waterfront Master Plan, which guides recreational and sustainable use of City owned waterfront property.
Plans for the site were determined following multiple public input sessions, with the community voicing their desire for a passive park with waterfront views, open space, seating and interactive play. The park’s name was also determined by a community vote and refers to a former restaurant on the site known as the Wildflower. The site has long been referred to by the community as the Wildflower property.
Construction began in January 2021 with the installation of a new seawall and underground utilities. Additional features incorporated into the park include:
- Pedestrian Walkways
- Event Lawn
- Waterfront Seating
- Art Sculptures and Play Art
- Interactive Water Feature
- Pavilion and Restroom
- New Seawall
- Picnic Seating
- Enhanced Landscaping
- Connection to Silver Palm Park
- Pedestrian Promenade
It’s location adjacent to the City’s downtown district provides an urban green space that residents and visitors can easily walk to and enjoy after dining, shopping or visiting the beach.
Update: August 22, 2022
Construction continues at Wildflower Park. Enjoy the progress pictures of Wildflower below of items like the art sculpture, play art, seating, and the water feature.
*Please note: Some items at Silver Palm Park including items at the boat washing station are still in process. An update will be provided once all items are addressed. We thank you for your patience.
Update: July 20, 2022
New public art sculpture installations were completed on Friday, July 15 at Wildflower and Silver Palm parks. The pieces were designed and created by May + Watkins Design and make for some beautiful additions to our waterfront parks!
Update: June 30, 2022
Silver Palm Park will reopen to the public on Friday, July 1, 2022 at 7am. The renovated boat ramp area now includes a new floating dock with two dedicated boat ramps (1 double, 1 single) for use. The project also includes a new fish cleaning station, fishing dock facing the intracoastal waterway and restrooms - all open and operational for July 1.
Pro-rated boat launch permits are currently on sale at our community centers. The permits will be for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, which runs through September 30, 2022. Visit the Boat Launch & Recovery Permits page for pro-rated fees and community center locations.
NOTE: Work at the adjacent Wildflower Park continues and is anticipated to open Fall 2022.
Update: June 2022
Are you excited about the upcoming openings of these parks? Enjoy the photos below showing the construction progress made at Wildflower and Silver Palm Park from early June 2022.
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.