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Posted on: January 27, 2020

City’s Newest Waterfront Park Now Open

Aerial footage form january 2020 showing construction progress on Hillsboro El Rio Park

Update: 2/25/20

The City of Boca Raton opened its first, new waterfront park, Hillsboro El Rio South Park, on Saturday, February 22 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Following speakers from Recreation Services, the Parks and Recreation Board, and the Mayor, attendees were among the first to use the brand-new playground, basketball courts, pickleball courts and beach volleyball area. There were also food trucks, bounce houses and face painting among the fun activities.

Visit our photo gallery to see more pictures of the event.

city council cutting the ribbon for the park openingkids jumping on a grassy hill in the playground

Original Story:

The City of Boca Raton is opening its first, new waterfront park, Hillsboro El Rio South Park, on Saturday, February 22.

What’s on the agenda?

The day will start with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of Hillsboro El Rio Park South  at 9:30am until 10am. Following the ceremony, residents can explore and enjoy the brand-new playground, join in on a pick-up game of basketball, pickleball or volleyball, launch a kayak or paddleboard or wander the pristine grounds of the park. The celebration will also include family fun activities, food trucks and more! 

What are some of the amenities of the new park?

The revitalized park features the following:

  • Walking, jogging path with a fitness station
  • Playground
  • Basketball court
  • Pickleball courts
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Tennis courts
  • Picnic pavilions
  • A soft launch area for canoes, kayaks and paddle boards into the El Rio Canal
  • Parking and restroom facilities

When did construction begin?

Development of Hillsboro El Rio Park South officially started in February 2019 after a renewed commitment was made to enhance activities along the City’s waterfront park sites as a precursor to the development and review of the Waterfront Master Plan. Located on the south side of SW 18th Street between Dixie Highway and the El Rio Canal, the 14-acre site is the newest city park. The project cost approximately $7.8 million.

To see the progress of Hillsboro El Rio Park South, view the video below. 


What about Hillsboro El Rio Park North?

Hillsboro El Rio Park North includes athletic fields and was opened to the public in 2002. Fire Station 8, which is situated on the northeastern section of the city-owned parcel, was dedicated in 2005. 

Want to learn more about the event?

To learn more about the event, visit Boca Raton Special Events Facebook.

Want to learn more about Hillsboro El Rio Park South?

To learn more about Hillsboro El Rio Park South, visit our webpage.

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