Published On: Sat, Feb 22nd, 2020

The City of Boca Raton Hosts Ribbon-Cutting for Opening of Hillsboro El Rio Park South

By: Robert S Weinroth

Good things come to those who wait …
Great things come to those who wait longer!

For David O. Johnson, and the many residents who have advocated for two decades for a park in the southeastern portion of the City of Boca Raton, today’s official opening of the Hillsboro El Rio Park, scattered showers couldn’t dampen their excitement.

Once home to the City’s landfill, the area has recently seen infrastructure improvements including a water main replacement along 18th Street followed by repaving of 18th Street and upgrades to the railroad tracks that include the quiet zone features to accommodate the new Brightline train.

The City of Boca Raton hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for today’s opening of Hillsboro El Rio Park South. Past and present members of the City Council attended including Mayor Scott Singer, Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers, Council Members Monica Mayotte, Andrea O’Rourke, Andy Thompson, former Mayor Steven Abrams and former Deputy Mayor and current Palm Beach County Commissioner, Robert Weinroth.

Following the ceremony, there were community events for residents to enjoy including pickleball demonstrations and children’s activities.

(l-r) Robert S Weinroth, Susan Whelchel, Jeremy Rodgers, Andrea O’Rourke, Steven L Abrams, Scott Singer, Monica Mayotte, Andy Thomson and Craig Ehrnst

Development of Hillsboro El Rio Park South officially started in February 2019 after a renewed commitment was made to enhance activities at the City’s waterfront park sites.

Located on the south side of SW 18th St between Dixie Hwy and the El Rio Canal, the 14-acre site is the newest city park. The project cost approximately $7.8 million.

The revitalized park features the following:

  • Walking, jogging path with a fitness station
  • Playground
  • Basketball court
  • Pickeball courts
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Tennis courts
  • Picnic pavilions
  • A soft launch area for canoes, kayaks and paddle boards into the El Rio Canal
  • Parking and restroom facilities

Hillsboro El Rio Park North includes athletic fields and was opened to the public in 2002. Fire Station 8, which is situated on the NE section of the city-owned parcel, was dedicated in 2005.

Another beautiful amenity for our residents to enjoy!

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. Commissioner Weinroth serves as County Vice-Mayor and has been appointed Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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