DELRAY BEACH — Major changes are envisioned for the cultural epicenter of Delray Beach, Old School Square, and residents are encouraged take part in new planning.
A survey was posted online seeking resident input on what changes should be made at Old School Square — which in the past has drawn 30 percent more visitors annually than the West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center. The survey, which asks participants 29 questions about how Old School Square is used and should be used, will be active until Sunday, Jan. 29.
The survey can be found here.
Old School Square is traditionally host to several of Delray’s most beloved events — the iconic 100-foot Christmas tree lighting; the weekly open-air Green Market; and several events and festivals.
Changes are already underway at the cultural center, however.
The 100-foot Christmas tree that for years has lit Delray Beach’s holiday season and has been an attraction for local families will relocate from its spot along Atlantic Avenue to deeper into the Old School Square campus.
Several events and festivals, such as the longtime Garlic Fest, were relocated to neighboring cities after Delray Beach leaders passed a rule to limit the number of downtown events to preserve Old School Square’s historic district-designation.
There has also been discussion of turning the perimeter of Old School Square into a passive park that would include adding walkways and shade trees, as well as adjusting the lighting at the campus at night to make visitors feel safer.
The survey will be followed by a series of meeting to discuss the changes at Old School Square, including a discussion March 13 at the Field House at Old School Square, at 51 N. Swinton Ave., followed by a city workshop on April 17.