Better boating access is the goal for about $8.8 million in scheduled improvements to four parks — and one new waterfront park — in north county.
“There is clearly a shortage of public places for boaters to launch their boats and store their trailers. We want to make north county more of a boating destination,” said Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Director Eric Call.
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Planned improvements to north county parks:
A. Waterway Park: Three boat ramps, staging docks, restroom, fishing platform and 60 trailer parking spaces. Cost: $4.2 million. Begin construction: Early 2015. Finish: 2016.
B. Burt Reynolds Park: New staging docks, demolition of existing building, new restroom and add 16 asphalt and 10 grass boat trailer parking spaces. Cost: $1.2 million. Begin construction: April. Finish: 2015.
C. Bert Winters Park: Additional boat trailer parking, boat ramp renovation and restroom. Cost: $1.5 million. Begin Construction: Late 2014. Finish: 2015.
D. Fullerton Island: Remove exotics and plant sea grasses and mangroves. Create public use areas for boat docking, picnicking and canoeing. Cost: $400,000. Begin Construction: July. Finish: Summer, 2014
E. Riverbend/Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park: New entrance, parking, historical marker and kiosk, park office and public restroom. Cost: $1.5 million. Begin Construction: 2015. Finish: 2016