The long-awaited opening of the remodeled playground has been delayed by one week, as cold weather has slowed the curing time for the playground soft safety surface, according to Briann Harms, assistant director of the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District.
The park will open on March 25, rather than March 18, as expected.
Saturday, March 18 was expected to be the soft-opening date, in time for spring break at Palm Beach County schools. But the unexpected winter storm in the northeast has hurled a robust cold front at South Florida, prompting the last-minute change of plans.
On Saturday, March 25, the park will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., and coincide with a food truck invasion event.
The science playground at Sugar Sand Park, which drew more than 300,000 visitors per year when it was open, has been closed for nearly two years for a $1.5 million renovation. The playground is the centerpiece of the city’s 132-acre Sugar Sand Park complex at Palmetto Park Road and Military Trail.
The remodel was aimed at refurbishing the aging structure, built largely by volunteers in the 1990s, and making the playground accessible to people with disabilities.
Beach and park district officials attributed the lengthy renovation to finding a balance between safety and the preservation of as much of the original structure as possible. The playground was built by some 7,000 residents in 1995 and included personal touches, such as hand prints of the first children that visited the playground and a giant wooden face carved into the side of the structure that has become emblematic of the popular playground — both of which have been retained.