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Arbor Park, Edward F. Harmening, Heritage Park, Kiwanis/Sierra ParkDewey Park, Veterans Memorial Park


Edward F. Harmening Arbor Memorial Park
124 E. Woolbright Road
 
General Information
Acreage:  0.46
Park Hours:  Sunrise – Sunset
 
Amenities
Benches

Historical Information
Edward F. Harmening Arbor Park is located on the northwest corner of the East Water Treatment Plant and was originally named Arbor Park. The Recreation and Parks Department provided landscaping for the area in conjunction with the local Garden Club. While in office former Mayor Edward Harmening was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, A fellow Commissioner recommended renaming the park for the Mayor.

Heritage Park
1000 Block N. Seacrest Boulevard
(back to top)
 
Acreage:  0.24
Park Hours:  Sunrise – Sunset

 
Amenities
Monument
 
Historical Information
Heritage Park was a vacant lot with a large tree where people would gather. The City purchased the property in early 1991 to improve its appearance and added planters to the area. Park construction was completed in 1992.
 
A monument dedicated to African Americans inscribed as follows:  "In honor of Boynton Beach African Americans" dedicated February 27, 1993 by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee is located here. The monument was donated by Ferazzoli Tile, and the original inscription services were donated by Lake Worth Monument. The names inscribed on the monument are selected annually through the Boynton Beach Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee. Citizens are selected for having made an important historical and cultural contribution to the development of Boynton Beach.

Kiwanis Sierra Park
554 NE 22nd Avenue (back to top)
 
General Information
Acreage:  0.19
Park Hours:  Sunrise – Sunset
 
Amenities
Bench

Historical Information
This small parcel is off Gateway Boulevard, just west of Federal Highway. The property was left over right-of-way that was not very attractive. Kiwanis and Sierra Club members lobbied the City to improve and landscape it. It is now maintained by the City.

Dewey Park
100 NE 4th Street (back to top)
 
General InformationVets park
Acreage:  0.28
Park Hours:  Sunrise – Sunset
 
Amenities
Kiosk, picnic tables.  Dogs on leashes allowed.
 
Historical Information
The property was acquired through Palm Beach County, which acquired it from a private owner as a foreclosure on unpaid taxes sometime in the 1960's. The park was upgraded with pathways during the mid 1990's during the time that the Boynton Beach Great American Love Affair (G.A.L.A.) Festival was held in downtown. The park originally was the site of a monument naming all of the veterans from town (originally in the park where the City parking lot now is). Originally known as Veterans Park, the park was renamed in December 2012.

Veterans Memorial Parkceremonial monument at Veterans Memorial Park
411 N. Federal Highway (back to top)
 
General Information
Acreage:  .60
Park Hours:  Sunrise – Sunset

Amenities
Benches, bike rack, veterans monuments

Historical Information
The City's original Police Department and City Hall were located on the property. The park was redesigned as Bicentennial Park prior to the Bicentennial of the United States. In November 2011, the park was renamed Veterans Memorial Park.
 
In 2008, the park was redesigned to accommodate several monuments dedicated to the armed services. A 20-ton, 12-foot tall monument to veterans was unveiled in June 2008. Local veterans organizations contributed to the monument including American Legion posts 164 and 288, Disabled American Veterans 152, Jewish War Veterans post 440, Korean War Veterans chapter 17, Veterans of Foreign War posts 5335 and 10150 and Sons of American Legion post 164. Small plaques were embedded in the sidewalk that honors the service of individuals. There are also engraved paver bricks that can be purchased to honor individuals. As part of the park renovation, lush landscaping was installed that acts as a backdrop to complement the monument area.  Granite benches were also installed to form a contemplative area.

Monuments include those dedicated to Pearl Harbor, Submariner’s, WW1, POW/MIA’s, the Korean War, the Gold Star Mothers, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and the Iraq War.

 

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