Wildflower Park and Silver Palm Park reopened to the public in 2022 after a multi-million-dollar renovation, which was part of the City's Waterfront Master Plan. Both parks front the Intracoastal Waterway near the downtown district, providing residents and visitors with new waterfront amenities.
Plans for the parks were determined following multiple public input sessions, with the community voicing their desire for a passive park with waterfront views, open space, seating, art, and interactive play. As a result, new public art sculptures and play art were incorporated. The art sculptures and children's play art were designed and created by May + Watkins Design and make a beautiful addition to the spaces. Wildflower Park also features a sculpture on loan from the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
Jeff Whyman, Jump and Play, 1991, Enamel over steel Acquired 1991; Gift of Bernard and Delores Whyman, Boca Raton Museum of Art, an Art in Public Places Initiative in partnership with the City of Boca Raton.
Whyman was born in St. Louis in 1953. He delights in remembering himself as an awed child watching the Gateway Arch being built, and he tells stories of his near-simultaneous discovery of fossil shells, of clay that he could shape with his hands, and of fired clay in the form of salt-glazed sewer pipe being laid in his neighborhood.
Shells and ceramics continued to be his interest in high school, and in college he struggled to make a choice, first studying marine biology in Miami and then studying ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Jump and Play is on loan from the Boca Raton Museum of Art.