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Spanish River Park

Spanish River Park 2009 UPDATE:

The renovations are complete! The park is beautiful as always, with many large trees and neat landscaping. Also new is a boat dock for day dockage.

The park is divided into three sections, with tunnels from the two outermost sections leading under the dunes and to the beach.

Original Article

Spanish River Park in Boca Raton is a beautiful tree-filled park spanning the land between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. We docked the boat here in the late afternoon, and it was just lovely! Also accessible by car, this park features plentiful picnic tables (with grills) in a lush setting; individual tables are available to all, with pavilions restricted to parties with reservations. Restroom facilities are available. Campsites are available, but only to organized youth groups of six to 50 members. A quick stroll takes you through an under-road tunnel to the beach on the expansive beach along the Atlantic - watch out for bugs in the tunnel, not the flying type, but the crawling sort: interesting, yet a bit intimidating.

There is no actual "river" in the park, though its name derives from the river that once bordered the west side of the park, which has since been redirected and has become a portion of the Intracoastal Waterway; however, dried beds where the river once flowed are visible throughout the park.

The park is open daily from 8AM to sunset. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed here.

This park was under construction when I visited in late 2006. The orange security tape everywhere was a bit mood-killing, but I'll keep you posted on when the park is up and completely natural again!

Location:

3001 N Ocean Blvd
Boca Raton FL 33431
561-393-7815

Web site:

www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/rec/parks/spanishriver.shtm


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