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Neighborhood Parks

 

 

Betty Thomas Park, Boynton Lakes Park, Forest Hills Park, Galaxy Park, Hibiscus Park, Knollwood Park, Laurel Hills Park, Meadows Park, Pence Park, Pioneer Canal Park 

Betty Thomas ParkBetty Thomas Park playground
2882 SE 2nd Street
 
General Information
Acreage:  2.34
Park Hours:  Sunrise –9:00 p.m.
 
Amenities
Basketball court, benches, bike rack, open play area, playground, restrooms
 
Historical Information
The City acquired the property in 2001. The undeveloped property was referred to as Southeast Neighborhood Park. The developers of an apartment/condo complex (Villa Del Sol) that borders the property on Federal Highway were required to give land or pay a fee in lieu of land. Since the project was multi-family zoned, the amount of land they were going to have to dedicate was significant, which had the developers concerned about the costs.
 
When the original Recreation and Open Space Element of the Comprehensive Master Plan was developed in the early 1980's, the City had been aware that there was a need for a neighborhood park in the southeast section of the City, and began looking for properties that would be suitable for a park. A local resident, Walter Zill, owned 5 acres that was a mango nursery/orchard adjacent to the property where the developers were building the apartments/condos. This property was deemed to be in the right area to develop a park and the City contacted the developer to purchase part of the nursery property for the City to meet the requirements of land dedication. The fees that the developer would have had to pay were higher than the cost of the Zill property. Therefore, the land was purchased and donated to the City in lieu of the fee.
 
The grand opening celebration for the park, named for longtime resident and former Recreation & Parks Advisory Board Chair, Betty Thomas, was held on March 24, 2007.

Boynton Lakes Park
300 Boynton Lakes Boulevard
(back to top)
 
General Information
Acreage:  8.64
Park Hours:  Sunrise – Sunset

Amenities
Benches, bike rack, bocce court, fitness trail (1/2-mile path with 12-exercise stations), gazebo, open play area, playground. Dogs on leashes allowed.
 
Historical Information
Boynton Lakes Park is located in the Boynton Lakes neighborhood. The master plan was completed in 1992. The land was acquired through land dedication from the developer.

Forest Hills Park
2500 SW 8 Street (back to top)
 
General Information
Acreage:  4.75
Park Hours:  Sunrise – Sunset
 
Amenities
Baseball/Softball field, basketball court, benches, bike rack, open play area, picnic tables, playground

Historical Information
Forest Hills Park is part of the Rolling Green Ridge and is named after the Forest Hill subdivision. It was built from property that was left over when I-95 was built in the 1970's. The property was given to the City from the Department of Transportation. A former City Deputy Engineer and a former Recreation and Parks Director designed the park in-house.


Galaxy Park
301 Galaxy Way (back to top)

The park, on the grounds of Galaxy Elementary School, is under construction, along with the school which is being rebuilt.


Hibiscus Park
660 SW 1st Avenue (back to top)

General Information
Acreage:  0.83
Park Hours:  Sunrise – Sunset
 
Amenities
Benches, open play area, picnic tables, playground

Historical Information

This small park was built in 1973 with land donated to the city by the developer of the Lake Boynton Estates neighborhood.

 

Knollwood ParkKnollwood Park entrance sign
8121 Lawrence Road (back to top)
 
General Information
Acreage:  3.01
Park Hours:  Sunrise – Sunset
 
Amenities
Benches, fitness trail (4/10-mile path no exercise stations), gazebo
 
Historical Information
Previously known as the Nautica Park site, located on the northwest corner of Lawrence Road and Nautica Boulevard, this property was given to the City as part of the Park & Recreation dedication requirement. Constructed by D.R. Horton as part of the Knollwood Development, the park provides a passive park with a pond plus littoral zone plantings to attract wildlife and various environmental interpretative features.


Laurel Hills Park
515 NW 7th Street (back to top)
 
General Information
Acreage:  1.27
Park Hours:  Sunrise – Sunset
 
Amenities
Basketball court, benches, bike rack, picnic table, playground
 
Historical Information
The park is located in the Laurel Hills Neighborhood, and was built in the mid-1970's. The land was previously platted for residential development and for one reason or another, didn't sell. A former City Deputy Engineer and a former Recreation and Parks Director designed the park in-house. In the mid-1970's, the City had a program called CETA (Comprehensive Employee Training Act). The federal government hired people and "loaned" them to municipalities with the intention that when positions became available, they would be hired full time with the City. This park was developed through this program. 

Meadows Park
4305 N. Congress Avenue (back to top)
 
General Information
Acreage:  7.2
Park Hours:  Sunrise – Sunset; lighted facilities open until 10:00 p.m.
 
Amenities
Basketball court, BBQ grills, benches, bike rack, bocce court, drinking fountain, fitness trail (1/2-mile path with 11-exercise stations), gazebo, open play area, pavilion, picnic tables, playground, rental shelters, tennis courts, volleyball court

Historical Information
During master planning for this park, located adjacent to the Meadows community, there were recreation and park professionals present during the planning who lived in the neighborhoods who all agreed that active recreation was needed in the new park. Now the well-utilized park is an ideal neighborhood park.


Pence Park
600 SE 4th Street (back to top)
 
General Information
Acreage:  2.9
Park Hours:  Sunrise – Sunset (lighted facilities open until 10:00 p.m.)
 
Amenities
Basketball court, benches, bike rack, open play area, playground, restrooms
 

Historical Information
Mr. Pence, a real estate developer, originally owned the property. The property was used as a recreation area long before the ball field was built (in the mid 1950's). The basketball courts were rebuilt in the late 1980's and lights were added to increase use. In 2009, the softball field was converted to a multi-purpose field to accommodate the community's need for open space for soccer.  The fields are lighted to allow for night play. In 2011 the basketball courts were renovated by adding a sport surfacing to the previously concrete courts.


Pioneer Canal ParkPioneer Canal Park
848 NW 13th Avenue (back to top)
 
General Information
Acreage:  3.2
Park Hours:  Sunrise – Sunset; lighted facilities open until 10:00 p.m.
 

Special Information
The area adjacent to the park on the C-16 canal is a "No Wake Zone"; established as 200 feet east and west of the boat launch area. (per Code of Ordinances Sec. 16-93-1)
 
Amenities
Basketball court, BBQ grills, benches, boat ramp/dock, drinking fountain, fishing pier, monofilament recycling bins, open play area, pavilion, picnic tables, playground, restroom, tennis courts, volleyball court, fresh water access to the C-16 canal


Historical Information
Located on the C-16 canal that runs east to west, the park provides boaters fresh water access to the E-4 canal that runs north to south and access to Lake Osborne to the north and Lake Ida to the south.
 
The South Florida Water Management District is responsible for dredging the canal.

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