Recreation Updates

Update: May 13, 2021

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is finalizing our plans to be able to move forward in our phased plan to re-open to the public. 

Guided tours of our property will begin on June 1 and will visit all of our outdoor areas including our gardens, aquariums, and sea turtle rehab facility. Registration for Gumbo Limbo guided tours will be available on the City’s registration website Webtrac on May 18 for Residents, May 25 for Non-Residents. More information and registration instructions will be available on the Gumbo Limbo website at Plan Your Visit.

Registration for residents of the City and residents of the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District and Members of Friends of Gumbo Limbo begins May 18 at 8:00 am. Registration opens for non-residents on May 25.

Our boardwalk through the Coastal Hammock Forest is open and accessible every day from 7:00am - sunset. Access and parking for the boardwalk is currently only available at Alan C. Alford Red Reef Family Golf Course located at 1221 N. Ocean Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33432. Hourly parking rates apply. For everyone’s safety, access to the rest of our property will only be via registered programs while portions of our Nature Center and outdoor decking remain under construction.  

Please check the Gumbo Limbo website and follow us on social media for the latest updates.

Update: May 10, 2021

  • The Swim Center will be CLOSED for pool deck resurfacing beginning May 17thfor approximately 4 weeks. Until reopening, Meadows Park Pool will have expanded hours:
    • Monday-Friday: 7:30am-7pm
    • Saturday and Sunday: 7:30am-6pm
  • Pavilion Rentals for Sugar Sand Park, Patch Reef Park, Spanish River Park, Lake Wyman Park, and James A. Rutherford Park will begin on Wednesday, May 12th with an effective date of Saturday, May 29th as the first day of rentals. 
    • No event permits will be issued (no bounce houses, vendors, etc.)
    • Ranger Headquarters will open Wednesday, May 12thto take walkups during the following hours:
      • Monday - Friday: 8am-5pm
      • Saturday & Sunday: 8am-4pm
  • We will be opening all outdoor camp programming which includes: Surf School, Gumbo Limbo Environmental Camp, Fishing Academy, Tennis Camp, Golf Camp, and Ocean Rescue’s Junior Lifeguard Program. Visit Summer Camps for more information.

Contact Information:

  • Spanish River Library: 561-393-7852
  • Downtown Library: 561-393-7852
  • Boca Raton Community Center: 561-393-7807
  • Patch Reef Park Community Center: 561-367-7035
  • Sugar Sand Park Community Center: 561-347-3900

*Other parks not listed on the table below remain closed. Group exercising and fitness classes in parks are prohibited. Athletic fields are open for open play usage & approved/permitted organized team sports with a maximum of 50 people per field (including sidelines).

City parks that are open, hours of operations, and activities/features available.

Park/Trail/Nature AreaType StatusHours
Alan C. Alford Golf Course at Red Reef ParkGolf Course
OPEN
7:30am - Sunset
Bark Beach at Spanish River ParkDog Beach Park
OPEN
Fri - Sun
7am - 9am &
5pm - Sunset
Blazing Star PreservePreserveOPENSunrise - Sunset
Boca Isles ParkNeighborhood ParkOPEN8am - Sunset
Boca Raton Community CenterCommunity CenterOPEN
Permit sales only
Mon - Fri
9am - 8pm
Sat.
9am - 4pm
Boca Raton Municipal Golf CourseGolf Course OPEN

7am - Sunset
Boca Raton Tennis CenterSpeciality Use Park
OPEN
Mon - Thurs:
8am-9pm
Fri:
8am-8pm
Sat:
8am-3pm
Sun:
8am-1pm
Boca Tierra ParkNeighborhood ParkOPEN8am - Sunset
Countess DeHoernle ParkSpecialty Use ParkOPENMon - Sat
8am-11pm
Sun
8am - 8pm
Downtown LibraryLibrary
OPEN
Mon - Sat 
9am - 5pm
Curbside
9am - 5pm
El Rio TrailPreserve/Nature TrailOPENSunrise - Sunset
Friends of the Library BookstoreBookstoreOPEN
Donations accepted Mon - Thurs, by appointment only (bookstore@BocaLibraryFriends.org)
Fri - Sat
10am-2pm
George SnowNeighborhood ParkOPEN8am - Sunset
Gumbo Limbo Nature CenterNature Center
CLOSED

Gumbo Limbo Boardwalk
OPEN7:30am - Sunset
Hidden Lakes ParkNeighborhood ParkOPEN
Pavilion closed for replacement
8am - Sunset
Hillsboro El Rio Park NorthSpecialty Use Park
OPEN
8am - Sunset
Hillsboro El Rio Park SouthSpecialty Use ParkOPEN8am - 10pm
Hughes ParkNeighborhood ParkOPENMon - Sat
8am - 11pm
Sun 
8am - 8pm
James A Rutherford Community CenterCommunity CenterOPEN
Permit Sales Only
Mon - Fri 
9am - 8pm
Sat 
9am - 4pm
Lake WymanCommunity ParkOPEN8am - Sunset
Meadows ParkSpecialty Use ParkOPENMon - Sat 
8am - 11pm
Sun 
8am - 8pm
Meadows Park PoolSpecialty Use Park
OPEN

Mon - Fri
10am - 6:45pm
Sat 
10am - 5:45pm
Sun 
12pm - 5:45pm
Memorial Park (Park near City Hall / BRCC)Community Park
OPEN
8am - 11pm
Mizner Bark Dog ParkDog ParkOPENSun - Sat 
7am - Sunset
Wed 
12pm - Sunset
Palmetto Dune ParkNeighborhood ParkOPEN8am - Sunset
Patch Reef Park Community ParkOPENMon - Sat
7:30am-11pm
Sun 
8am - 8pm
Patch Reef Park Community CenterCommunity CenterOPEN
Permit sales only
Mon - Fri
9am - 8pm
Sat
9am - 4pm
Patch Reef Park Tennis CenterSpecialty Use Park
OPEN
Mon - Thu 
7:30am - 10pm
Fri 
7:30am - 8pm
Sat - Sun
7:30am - 1pm
Patrick A. Lynch/Golden FigNeighborhood ParkOPEN8am - Sunset
Pine BreezeNeighborhood ParkOPEN8am - Sunset
Red Reef ParkBeach Park
OPEN
8am-10pm
Guarded hours: 9am - 6:30pm
Rutherford ParkSpecialty Use ParkOPEN8am - Sunset
Sanborn SquareSpecialty Use ParkOPEN8am - Sunset
Sand Pine ParkSpecialty Use ParkOPENMon - Sat
8am - 11pm
Sun 
8am - 8pm
Serenoa GladePreserve/TrailOPENSunrise - Sunset
Silver Palm ParkSpecialty Use ParkOPEN24 hours a day
South Beach ParkBeach ParkOPEN8am - Sunset
Guarded hours: 9am - 6:30pm
South Beach PavilionBeach ParkOPEN8am - 11pm
Spanish River LibraryLibrary
OPEN
Mon - Sat 
9am - 5pm
Curbside 
9am - 5pm
Spanish River ParkBeach ParkOPEN
Restrooms #3 and #4 are closed for construction and a temporary restroom trailer is on-site.
8am - Sunset
Guarded hours: 9am - 6:30pm
Sugar Sand ParkCommunity ParkOPENMon - Fri
9am - 8pm
Sat - Sun
9am - 4pm
Sugar Sand Park Community CenterCommunity CenterOPEN
Permit sales only
Mon. - Fri.
9am - 6pm
Sugar Sand Park Field HouseGymnasiumCLOSED
Swim CenterSpecialty Use ParkOPEN
 Pool will be CLOSED for resurfacing starting Monday, May 17.
7:30am - 6:45pm (March - October)
The Racquet CenterSpecialty Use Park
OPEN
Mon - Thu 
7:30am - 10pm
Fri 
7:30am - 8pm
Sun 
7:30am - 1pm
Tim Huxhold Skate & Shuffleboard ParkSkate Park & Shuffleboard Courts
OPEN
M/W/F 
5pm - 9pm
Tu/Th
4pm - 9pm
Sat 
1pm - 9pm
Sun 
1pm - 6pm
University WoodlandsCommunity ParkOPENMon - Sat 
8am - 11pm
Sun 
8am - 8pm
Wildflower ParkSpecialty Use ParkCLOSED
For renovations until further notice
CLOSED
Yamato Scrub Natural AreaPreserve/TrailOPENSunrise - Sunset
Yale NewmanNeighborhood ParkOPEN8am - Sunset