After a fierce six-year debate, more than 2 acres of concrete slab in downtown Boca Raton is on its way to becoming a park.
City Council members this week officially re-designated the former Wildflower nightclub site as a public park Monday. The move is the realization of a public movement that sparked a referendum in November and caused the city to scrap plans for a restaurant at the site.
“It’s a slow-turning ship to get everything done,” Boca City Council member Andrea O’Rourke said. “But it’s happening, it’s in the works and we’re looking forward to that.”
O’Rourke helped push for the referendum last year that caused the change of plans for the property at 552 E. Palmetto Park Road.
Now, the city is working on adding some upgrades before the site is completely redesigned. Plans include rebuilding the sea wall abutting the Intracoastal and putting in a walkway underneath the Palmetto Park bridge to connect the property to Silver Palm Park.
“These are elements that will be included in whatever plan comes to fruition, and the permitting takes time, about six to nine months, so we wanted to get those things in place first,” said Boca spokeswoman Chrissy Gibson.