Construction at Sugar Sand Park’s playground in Boca expected to end Nov. 19

Construction is underway at the 17,000-square-foot playground at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)

Construction is underway at the 17,000-square-foot playground at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON — After eight months of construction, renovations at the 17,000-square-foot science playground at Sugar Sand Park will be complete Nov. 19, park officials say.

Although construction is expected to end on that date, park officials haven’t yet selected a grand re-opening date, said Briann Harms, assistant director of the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Parks District, which owns and operates Sugar Sand Park.

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The $1.5 million renovation is underway to refurbish the aging, wooden playground and make it accessible to people with disabilities. Additions to the park include educational interactive elements, like racing lights that will shoot past children at the speed of different animals, a path of planets in the solar system and images of DNA and animal prints on the rubber playground floor.

Before its closing, the playground, the centerpiece of the 132-acre Sugar Sand Park at Palmetto Park Road and Military Trail, saw at least 300,000 visitors each year, Harms said.