- By Bill DiPaolo Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
The new 20-by-40-foot chickee hut at Riverbend Park/Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park is expected to be done in about a week, part of the county park’s $3 million renovation.
The next step at the one-square-mile park on Indiantown Road will be the opening of a new concession stand where visitors can rent kayaks, bicycles and canoes. That is expected to be this summer.
Several visitors said they were looking forward to the opening of the concession stand, which will be underneath the chickee hut. There also will be picnic tables open to the public under the hut, said Riverbend Park Supervisor Stephanie Tannone.
“I’ve been bringing my own bicycle. It will be a lot easier when I can rent one here,” said Ellen Wilkerson, a Boynton Beach resident who was unloading her dirt bike from her car with several friends on Wednesday afternoon at Riverbend.
County officials hoped to have the new concession stand operating for the park’s grand opening in November. But construction problems, as well as glitches installing electronic equipment, pushed back the opening.
The county is seeking a new concession operator. The deadline for bidders is Friday.
Kayakers and canoers can bring their own watercraft and launch them from Picnic Island. The gravel bicycle trails that wind through the park are open to those who bring their own bikes. The park also has equestrian trails.
New restrooms and water fountains are open.
Kayaks, bicycles, canoes — as well as maps, candy bars, water and bug spray — were available for rent for the last 35 years from the brown and white trailer that housed Canoe Outfitters of Florida Inc. The company ended its lease with the county when construction started last year.