The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Parks District is working toward turning Ocean Strand into a public, passive park.
District commissioners met virtually on Monday and voted to dedicate $75,000 to begin converting the Ocean Strand property, located on A1A and stretching from the Intracoastal waterway to the beach, into a passive public park.
“We can’t wait to get started on Ocean Strand,” Commission Chair Susan Vogelgesang said. “Community input will be paramount.”
Initial development will include clearing of the land, installation of benches, and the creation of walking trails. The project could include kayak launches and restroom facilities later on.
The initial development phase is designed to have Ocean Strand open to the public within six months of its start date. It is unclear when the start date will be.
To ensure Ocean Strand is preserved as a park, commissioners also voted unanimously to adopt a declaration stating that the property can’t be developed commercially.
“Ocean Strand is a beautiful piece of land that the entire Boca Raton community deserves to enjoy,” Commissioner Steven Engel said. “Our job as Commissioners is to preserve such wonderful properties for generations to come. This declaration is a means of ensuring Ocean Strand’s public use for future generations.”
The meeting was held over the teleconferencing service Zoom.
The public was able listen to the meeting via Zoom or watch the meeting on the District’s YouTube channel. Residents had the opportunity to comment by having their emails read aloud during the meeting. Those who called into the meeting also had the opportunity to deliver their audio comments live during the meeting.