Several Abacoa parks are on the schedule to see facelifts, added features, and major renovations this year. Here is a list of parks in the Abacoa area that have current or scheduled projects for 2015:
Standing on its original building site on top of an Indian midden in DuBois Park is the DuBois Pioneer House. This house was built in 1898 and is known as the oldest house standing on its original site in Palm Beach County. Palm Beach County took over ownership of the property in 1971 and opened the home as museum in 1977. The home closed to the public for first for renovations years ago and the city is currently working with the Loxahatchee Guild to re-open the home as a museum by training volunteers and retaining period furnishings for tours. Many artifacts discovered around the home indicate the sight has been used for over 6,000 years.
DuBois Park Pineapple Packing House is also in DuBois Park. The house is one of the oldest standing wooden structures in Palm Beach County and is currently in need of repair. Repairs are scheduled to be made to the outside of the house in spring of 2015. The house will be a museum to tell information of the Pioneer home, Jupiter Inlet Indian Mound Complex and local vegetation.
Renovations of a pavement pathway and environment improvements where recently completed. The park is now compliant in providing safe pathways to picnic and beach areas. New picnic areas have been added to the park as well.
Construction of a new covered area and restroom are expected to begin this summer along with the addition of 101 paved parking spaces and 300 grass parking spaces. New trails which are ADA accessible will also be added.
This park just had signs installed to tell the history behind the Jessup Battle with the Seminole Indians that took place in the park.
Beginning this spring a yearlong construction process of Waterway Park will begin. The park will be centered on a space for boat launching. The park will be located south of Indiantown Road on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway. Waterway Park will have 52 boat trailer parking spaces, 24 car parking spaces, three concrete boat ramps, four floating docks for boats to pull up to, yacht basin with floating staging docks, fishing pier and public restroom.
There are a number of projects newly finished and underway to enable residents of Abacoa to enjoy the great outdoors of South Florida. For more information on things going on in Abacoa check out http://www.pbcoastal.com/abacoa. If you have any questions about living in Abacoa or Palm Beach Gardens contact me anytime. Image by Brett VA Flickr