Updated for Covid: Palm Beach County Parks Now Open!
Last week, Palm Beach County residents received the good news that parks and recreation fields are now open to the public. Now, children can once again gleefully swing from the monkey bars, climb aboard pirate ships, sashay down slides, meet new friends, and allow their imagination to run full speed. Here are a few of the most popular playgrounds in Palm Beach County. For change of scenery, create a “playground scavenger hunt” and check them all out!
Constitution Park, 399 Seabrook Road, Tequesta
Located behind the Tequesta Recreation Center, the nearly four acre park features two playgrounds, a giant treehouse for children ages 5-12, rock climbing wall, picnic area, walking trail, basketball courts, and gazebo. With lots of shade and separate play areas for children 2-5 and 5-12, Constitution Park is a popular park for families.
Indian Creek Park, 1795 Indian Creek Drive East, Jupiter
Previously known as the “Imagination Station” and now known as Eco Island Playground, this 8,5000 square foot structure is created from eco-friendly materials, plastic and aluminum. Designed by fifth grade students from Jerry Thomas Elementary School, the playground features tube slides, swings, spider nets, and a rock climbing wall. The park also includes new exercise equipment, jogging trail, two volleyball courts, a basketball court, and picnic area.
PGA National Park, 1 Ryder Cup Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens
Situated at the southern end of the PGA National neighborhood, this park features boundless playground equipment, rock wall, swings, a disc golf course, putting green, fishing pier, tennis courts, multipurpose field, basketball courts, baseball / softball fields, grill area, and a large pavilion. The multi-structure playground includes ADA accessible equipment and sits on soft, artificial turf. Families appreciate the canopy of large trees, which provides ample shade on hot, summer days.
Anchorage Park, 603 Anchorage Drive, North Palm Beach
Nestled in the heart of the Village of North Palm Beach, Anchorage Park features an expansive playground, tot lot, sand volleyball courts, baseball fields, fishing dock, dog park, and a boat launch. Families enjoy gathering with neighbors at the picnic areas and celebrating milestones at the activities building.
Loggerhead Park, 14200 US Highway 1, Juno Beach
After visiting the sea turtles at Loggerhead Marine Center, patrons can meander behind the building and enjoy the coastal breeze at Loggerhead Park. The park features large picnic shelters, a grill area, nature trail, and two playground structures, one for children ages 2-12 and for children ages 5-12. Often, families enjoy a picnic lunch at the park and then walk across the street to fish from Juno Beach Pier, search for shark teeth on the white sand beach, or body surf in the ocean. The park features ample parking and a guarded swim area at the beach.
Tiger Shark Cove, 13800 Greenbriar Drive, Wellington
A colorful, ocean-themed playground, Tiger Shark Cove features a wide array of exploration areas such as the sunken pirate ship and submarine with portholes as well as obstacles courses, swings, sand castles, a crab shack, and a large Tiger Shark play sculpture. The park is adjacent to the athletic facility, which includes batting cages, softball fields, and three large pavilions. In addition to the creative equipment, the playground sits on soft, rubber flooring and boasts several shaded areas.
Mary Brandon Park, 700 Maddock Street, West Palm Beach
Coupling traditional playground elements with ninja warrior style obstacles, the playground at Mary Brandon Park is fun for children of all ages. Located next to the West Palm Beach Municipal Golf Course in a quiet, residential neighborhood, the park consists of modern play equipment, walking path, dog park, softball field, basketball court, and sitting area. This is an ideal park for active children who enjoy climbing, jumping, spinning, sliding, swinging, and challenging themselves physically. With ample shade and benches, it is also ideal for parents who wish to rest and read a book.
Sugar Sand Park, 300 Military Trail, Boca Raton
The pinnacle of city parks, Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton is epitome of entertainment for children. The 132-acre park features a science-themed playground and science explorium, carousel, basketball court, splash pad, nature trail, pavilion, picnic area, theater, and field house. The playground is a tri-level structure with a focus on hands-on learning stations. Given its large size, the playground boasts fantastic visibility. Parents have extra assurance as kids explore the playground because the soft impact surface has a wayfinding feature so parents can easily locate their child(ren). In addition to the interactive activities, the playground also has ADA accessible swings, sensory walls, and climbing structures. Presently, the theater, carousel, explorium, and field house remain closed.
Lakeview Park, 1100 Lake Drive, Delray Beach
Located at the end of a quiet street in a residential area, Lakeview Park is a waterfront park that features multiple play structures to appease various age and adventure levels. With views of the Intracoastal Waterway, the park boasts saltwater breezes, magnificent fica trees, an expansive picnic pavilion, and a boat ramp. This playground is perfect for those wishing to watch the boats pass by while enjoying the durable playground amenities.
Burns Road Recreation Park, 4404 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens
The City of Palm Beach Gardens Burns Road Park is not your average tot lot. In fact, the spacious playground features a wide variety of unique, well-designed play equipment that fosters acute physical awareness, kinesthetic-style learning, and imaginative ideation. Perhaps the three most distinct attractions are the large climbing rock, spinning obstacle steps, and the giant spider web crawl. The gated playground also has a large pavilion area with picnic tables and park benches with plenty of shade. Connected with a scenic multipurpose trail, Burns Park leads to another popular place: Lilac Park. Lilac Park boasts both a modern and traditional playground and adjoins the city’s baseball fields. Other amenities at Burns Road Park include bocce ball, horseshoe, bocce ball, and exercise stations.
Dedicating specific acreage for parks and recreation and committing to maintain these properties, Palm Beach County is proud of its clean and current park facilities. The above list is an abbreviated one; there are many more parks in our area that deserve mention. What is your favorite park in the South Florida region? Comment below!