- Alexandra Seltzer Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Residents west of Boynton Beach have until Wednesday to fill out a survey on what they’d like a long sought-after district park to include.
The county, which is paying for the park, should then have a design plan completed by June, said Myrna Rosoff, president of the Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations, a group of more than 100 area communities that has been pushing for the park.
Construction, which will be done in phases, could begin by June. The entire project is expected to be completed by 2022. The park will be southeast of the Canyon Amphitheatre at Boynton Beach Boulevard and Acme Dairy Road, south of Sunset Palms Elementary School. It will be about 60 acres.
Residents are asked in the survey to describe their household, list what activities their community offers, and what amenities they’d like the new park to have including a dog park, fitness trails, sports fields, playgrounds and a picnic area.
As of Sunday, there have been about 2,200 responses, Rosoff said.
Eric Call, the county’s director of parks, estimates the park will cost between $10 million and $15 million depending on what amentities are included. The park will be paid for with money from the penny sales tax surcharge voters approved last year — about $12 million — and some park impact fees.
COBWRA has sought a park for residents for several years. It says the area is growing and is under-served. There is a park at Park Vista High School. However, it’s smaller than a district park should be. Plus, Rosoff has said the park is primarily used by the school’s students and for children’s after-school activities.
After this park survey there will be a library survey, Rosoff said. The county has money set aside to build a library, Rosoff said. It would be built on the two soccer fields in back of Canyon Amphitheater. The fields will be moved to the new park. Library construction could begin by July 2019 and be completed by December 2020.