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Posted on: April 27, 2020

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Update: September 8, 2020 (9:30am) - Community Centers and Public Libraries Reopen as Part of Phase 2, Step 1 and City Parks Return to Normal Operating Hours


In conjunction with the reopening plans for Phase 2 in Palm Beach County, the City of Boca Raton has begun a tiered reopening of several recreational facilities on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The following recreational facilities will be open to the public with some modified hours of operation and limited programs. Residents and visitors are still encouraged to complete transactions online and schedule virtual meetings when possible. Facial coverings are required in all City facilities. 

  • The Boca Raton Community Centers at Memorial Park (next to City Hall), Sugar Sand Park and Patch Reef Park will be open to the public for walk-in permit sales and customer service questions with social distancing and facial coverings required. Curbside permitting will be suspended. Hours of operation are:
    • Boca Raton Community Center: Monday – Friday: 9am-6pm; Saturday: 9am-4pm
    • Patch Reef and Sugar Sand Park Community Centers: Monday – Friday: 9am-6pm    
  • The Boca Raton Public Library at the Spanish River and Downtown branches will be open to the public on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. 
    • Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday: 9:00am -3:00pm for both Spanish River and Downtown library branches for Express Services. Express Services include: new/renewal of library cards, book drop off, hold pick-up and 30-minute limit for browsing and checkout.
    • Occupancy will be limited to 50 patrons at one time. 
    • Curbside service continues Monday -Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm.

Tennis Centers receive expanded hours:

  • Patch Reef Tennis Center - Monday-Thursday: 7:30am–10pm | Friday: 7:30am–8pm | Saturday & Sunday: 7:30am–1pm
  • Boca Raton Tennis Center - Monday-Thursday: 8am–9pm | Friday: 8am–3pm | Saturday & Sunday: 8am–1pm
  • The Racquet Center - Monday-Thursday: 7:30am–10pm | Friday: 7:30am–8pm | Saturday & Sunday: 7:30am–1pm

City Parks returning to normal operating hours beginning Tuesday, September 8: 

  • Sugar Sand Park | 8am-11pm
  • Countess de Hoernle Park | 8am-11pm
  • Patch Reef Park | 7:30am-11pm
  • Red Reef Park | 8am-11pm
  • Sand Pine Park | 8am-11pm
  • Hughes Park | 8am-11pm
  • Memorial Park | 8am-11pm
  • Meadows Park | 8am-11pm
  • University Woodlands Park | 8am-11pm

Spanish River Library: 561-393-7852
Downtown Library: 561-393-7852
Boca Raton Community Center: 561-393-7807
Patch Reef Park Community Center: 561-367-7035
Sugar Sand Park Community Center: 561-347-3900


*Other parks not listed on the table below remain closed. Group exercising and fitness classes in parks are prohibited. Athletic fields are open for open play usage & approved/permitted organized team sports with a maximum of 50 people per field (including sidelines).

City parks that are open, hours of operations, and activities/features available.

Park/Trail/Nature AreaType StatusHoursStatus of Activities
Alan C. Alford Golf Course at Red Reef ParkGolf Course
OPEN
7:30am - 5:30pmTee Time reservations accepted - available online or by calling 561-391-5014 or 561-367-7024. Walk-ins are NOT accepted. Payment by credit card upon arrival is preferred. Only one patron at a time may enter the pro shop. Putting green will be open. Face masks must be worn in common area spaces in or around the building. You may take your mask off on the first tee.
Bark Beach at Spanish River ParkDog Beach Park
OPEN
Fri, Sat & Sun: 7am - 9pm & 5pm - SunsetPatrons must have a permit. Permits can be purchased at the Boca Raton Community Center Mon-Fri from 9am-6pm and Saturday from 9am-4pm. Please go to https://www.myboca.us/953/Bark-Beach-at-Spanish-River-Park for eligibility and documents required.

Resident - $31 per dog (City of Boca Raton & Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District)

Non-Resident - $167 per dog

Weekend Passes - $11 per dog
Blazing Star PreservePreserveOPENSunrise - SunsetTrail open only.  
Boca Isles ParkNeighborhood ParkOPEN8am - SunsetPlaygrounds open as of 8/28/20.
Boca Raton Community CenterCommunity CenterOPENMon. - Thurs.
9am - 6pm
Sat.
9am - 4pm
Open to the public for walk-in permit sales and customer service questions, however curbside permitting will continue.
Boca Raton Municipal Golf CourseGolf Course OPENSunrise - SunsetView information regarding tee time reservations, available amenities and more. Driving range re-opened on June 5 to normal operating hours of the golf course.
Boca Raton Tennis CenterSpeciality Use Park
OPEN
Mon-Thurs:
8am-9pm
Fri:
8am-3pm
Sat & Sun:
8am-1pm

Singles, Doubles, Private Lessons (4:1) and family lessons only (No spectators will be allowed). Reservations will only be accepted (no walk ups) beginning at 10am on Monday, May 11 to reserve and pay for courts for the following day. Face coverings must be worn inside at all times. Bring your own tennis racquet, hand sanitizer, water, ice and towel. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before reservation time. More info...

Boca Tierra ParkNeighborhood ParkOPEN8am - SunsetSidewalks, walking areas, tennis courts for singles and doubles play, basketball for open play. Playgrounds open as of 8/28/20.
Countess DeHoernle ParkSpecialty Use ParkOPEN8am-11pmSidewalks and walking areas open. No use of picnic areas. Playgrounds open as of 8/28/20. Athletics fields are open (Groups with City permits only Mon- Sat 8pm-11pm).
Downtown LibraryLibrary
OPEN
Mon. - Sat.
9am - 3pm
Curbside service continues Mon-Sat. 9am-5pm
Open to the public for Express Services. Express Services include new/renewal of library cards, book drop off, hold pick-up and 30-minute limit for browsing and checkout. Occupancy will be limited to 50 patrons at one time. Curbside service continues Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm.
El Rio TrailPreserve/Nature TrailOPENSunrise - SunsetMulti-purpose path open.
George SnowNeighborhood ParkOPEN8am - SunsetSidewalks, walking areas, tennis courts for singles and doubles play, basketball for open play. No use of picnic areas. Playgrounds open as of 8/28/20.
Gumbo Limbo Nature CenterNature Center
CLOSED

The Boardwalk will be open 7:30 am – sunset. The Boardwalk will be accessible from the Red Reef West parking lot only. Parking fees apply. Restrooms are available at the golf course. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, north trails, and parking lots remain closed.

Hidden Lakes ParkNeighborhood ParkOPEN8am - SunsetTennis courts (singles and doubles play only) open. No use of picnic area. Playgrounds open as of 8/28/20.
Hillsboro El Rio Park NorthSpecialty Use Park
OPEN
8am - SunsetBaseball field open for play. Soccer field closed for annual maintenance.
Hillsboro El Rio Park SouthSpecialty Use ParkOPEN8am - SunsetSidewalks, walking areas, tennis and pickleball courts for singles and doubles play (No spectators will be allowed at this time), basketball court for open play, and canoe/kayak launch open. No use of picnic area. Playgrounds and fitness equipment open as of 8/28/20.
Hughes ParkNeighborhood ParkOPEN8am - 11pmSidewalks, walking areas, basketball courts for open play. No use of picnic area. Playgrounds open as of 8/28/20.
Lake WymanCommunity ParkOPEN8am - SunsetTrails, sidewalks, tennis court for singles and doubles play (No spectators will be allowed at this time), basketball court for open play only. No use of picnic areas. Athletics fields open for family or small group play. Playgrounds open as of 8/28/20.
Meadows ParkSpecialty Use ParkOPEN8am - 11pm

Sidewalks and walking areas open. No use of picnic areas. Athletics fields are open (Groups with City permits only Mon- Sat 8pm-11pm). Playgrounds open as of 8/28/20.
Meadows Park PoolSpecialty Use Park
OPEN
Fall Hours:
Mon. - Fri.
10am - 6:45pm
Sat.
10am - 5:45pm
Sun.
12pm - 5:45pm
Pool is open for single lap swimming only. Face coverings must be worn inside buildings at all times. Pool use shall be limited to one person per lane (6), at 45-minute increments - once per day. Patrons must call ahead to schedule swim- swims cannot be scheduled more than 1 day in advance. Patrons must bring their own swimming equipment such as goggles, towels, kickboards, fins, noodles, and water bottles. Locker rooms will be closed.

More info...
Memorial Park (Park near City Hall / BRCC)Community Park
OPEN
8am - 11pmPlaygrounds open.
Mizner Bark Dog ParkDog ParkOPENSun. - Sat. 7am - Dusk
Wed. 12pm - Dusk starting May 27
Open Tuesday, May 19, 2020. The port-o-let at the dog park will remain closed. CDC guidelines are to be followed.
Palmetto Dune ParkNeighborhood ParkOPEN8am - SunsetSidewalks and walking areas open.
Patch Reef Park Community ParkOPEN7:30am-11pmSidewalks, walking areas & basketball courts open. No use of picnic areas. Athletics fields are open (Groups with City permits only Mon- Sat 8pm-11pm). Playgrounds open as of 8/28/20.
Patch Reef Park Community CenterCommunity CenterOPENMon. - Fri.
9am - 6pm
Open to the public for walk-in permit sales and customer service questions, however curbside permitting will continue.
Patch Reef Park Tennis CenterSpeciality Use Park
OPEN
Mon-Thurs:
7:30am-10pm
Fri:
7:30am-8pm
Sat & Sun:
7:30am-1pm
Singles, Doubles, Private Lessons (4:1) and family lessons only (No spectators will be allowed). Reservations will only be accepted (no walk ups) beginning at 10am on Monday, May 11 to reserve and pay for courts for the following day. Face coverings must be worn inside at all times. Bring your own tennis racquet, hand sanitizer, water, ice and towel. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before reservation time. More info...
Patrick A. Lynch/Golden FigNeighborhood ParkOPEN8am - SunsetSidewalks and walking areas open. Playgrounds open as of 8/28/20.
Pine BreezeNeighborhood ParkOPEN8am - SunsetSidewalks, walking areas and basketball courts. Playgrounds open as of 8/28/20.
Red Reef ParkBeach Park
OPEN
8am-10pmLimited restrooms will be open. Picnic pavilions will remain closed until further notice. Parking for permit holders and patrons paying daily rates. Parties accessing the beaches shall follow CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distancing themselves from other parties by 6 feet. Playgrounds open as of 8/28/20.
Rutherford ParkSpecialty Use ParkOPEN8am - SunsetSidewalks and walking areas open. Playgrounds open as of 8/28/20.
Sanborn SquareSpecialty Use ParkOPEN8am - SunsetSidewalks and walking areas open only. No use of picnic areas.
Sand Pine ParkSpecialty Use ParkOPEN8am - 11pm

Sidewalks, walking areas, tennis courts for singles & doubles play (No spectators will be allowed at this time) and basketball courts for open play. Athletic fields are open (Groups with City permits only Mon-Sat 8pm-11pm). Exercise equipment and playgrounds open as of 8/28/20.

Serenoa GladePreserve/TrailOPENSunrise - SunsetTrails and sidewalks open only.
Silver Palm ParkSpecialty Use ParkOPEN24 hours a daySidewalks, walking areas and boat ramps open only. No use of picnic areas.
South Beach ParkBeach ParkOPEN8am - SunsetLimited restrooms will be open. Beach park picnic pavilions will remain closed until further notice. Parking for permit holders and patrons paying daily rates. Parties accessing the beaches shall follow CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distancing themselves from other parties by 6 feet. Playgrounds open as of 8/28/20.
South Beach PavilionBeach ParkOPEN8am - SunsetLimited restrooms will be open. Beach park picnic pavilions will remain closed until further notice. Parking for permit holders and patrons paying daily rates. Parties accessing the beaches shall follow CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distancing themselves from other parties by 6 feet. Playgrounds open as of 8/28/20.
Spanish River LibraryLibrary
OPEN
Mon. - Sat.
9am - 3pm
Curbside service continues Mon-Sat. 9am-5pm
Open to the public for Express Services. Express Services include new/renewal of library cards, book drop off, hold pick-up and 30-minute limit for browsing and checkout. Occupancy will be limited to 50 patrons at one time. Curbside service continues Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm.
Spanish River ParkBeach ParkOPEN8am - SunsetLimited restrooms will be open. Beach park picnic pavilions will remain closed until further notice. Parking for permit holders and patrons paying daily rates. Parties accessing the beaches shall follow CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distancing themselves from other parties by 6 feet. Playgrounds open as of 8/28/20.
Sugar Sand ParkCommunity ParkOPEN8am - 11pmWalking trails, basketball courts and roller hockey rink (for single use play) open. Athletic fields are open. Playgrounds are open.
Sugar Sand Park Community CenterCommunity CenterOPENMon. - Fri.
9am - 6pm
Open to the public for walk-in permit sales and customer service questions, however curbside permitting will continue.
Swim CenterSpecialty Use ParkOPENFall Hours:
Mon-Sun: 
7:30am-5pm
Lap swimming only. (No use of hot tub). Playgrounds and splash pad open as of 8/28/20. More info...
The Racquet CenterSpeciality Use Park
OPEN
Mon-Thurs:
7:30am-10pm
Fri:
7:30am-8pm
Sat & Sun:
7:30am-1pm
Singles, Doubles, Private Lessons (4:1) and family lessons only (No spectators will be allowed). Reservations will only be accepted (no walk ups) beginning at 10am on Monday, May 11 to reserve and pay for courts for the following day. Face coverings must be worn inside at all times. Bring your own tennis racquet, hand sanitizer, water, ice and towel. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before reservation time. More info...
Tim Huxhold Skate & Shuffleboard ParkSkate Park & Shuffleboard Courts
OPEN
Mon/Wed/Fri:
5pm - 9pm
Tue/Thur/Sat: 
1pm - 9pm
Sun. 
1pm - 6pm
Skate Park open: CDC guidelines are to be followed.
Shuffleboard Courts: To ensure social distancing, every other court is open. First come, first serve..
University WoodlandsCommunity ParkOPEN8am - 11pm

Sidewalks, walking areas, tennis courts for singles and doubles play (No spectators will be allowed at this time), basketball courts for open play. No use of picnic areas. Soccer Fields CLOSED for annual maintenance. Playgrounds open as of 8/28/20.

Wildflower ParkSpecialty Use ParkOPEN8am - SunsetSidewalks and walking areas only.
Yamato Scrub Natural AreaPreserve/TrailOPENSunrise - SunsetTrails and sidewalks open only.
Yale NewmanNeighborhood ParkOPEN8am - SunsetSidewalks and walking areas open only. No use of picnic area. Playgrounds open as of 8/28/20.


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