Boca’s Gumbo Limbo Nature Center boardwalk reopens to public

Dan Shirley, left, gives a tour to Giselle and Martin Bender, visiting from Switzerland, on the coastal hammock boardwalk inside the Gumbo Limbo Environmental complex in Boca Raton Wednesday morning.  They also saw indian middens on the ground, which are areas where indians piled their refuse such as shells from shellfish that they caught and which could include shards of pottery or tools used. Shirley, a volunteer at the center for four years, gives the nature tour every Wednesday at 10am which lasts about an hour.  PHOTO BY: RICHARD GRAULICH

Dan Shirley, left, gives a tour to Giselle and Martin Bender, visiting from Switzerland, on the coastal hammock boardwalk inside the Gumbo Limbo Environmental complex in Boca Raton in 2005. (PHOTO BY: RICHARD GRAULICH)

BOCA RATON — A portion of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center‘s coastal boardwalk — which has been under renovation for nearly two years — reopened to the public on Wednesday.

The one-quarter-mile, elevated boardwalk winds its way through a thick coastal hammock consisting of red, white and black mangrove trees at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, at 1801 N Ocean Blvd. The boardwalk was closed nearly two years ago to replace rotting and aging wooden beams.

The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center boardwalk winds through thick coastal hammock in Boca Raton. (Photo by Steve Lopez)

The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center boardwalk winds through thick coastal hammock in Boca Raton. (Photo by Steve Lopez)

A ribbon-cutting ceremony with city leaders and Gumbo Limbo employees was held Wednesday afternoon.

The boardwalk was renovated to make it safer and accessible to people with disabilities.

The boardwalk is open to the public — for a suggested $5 donation — between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and between noon and 4 p.m. on Sunday.