Earth Day was founded on April 22, 1970 by Gaylord Nelson as a part of the counterculture movement. Nelson, a Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing a massive oil spill in 1969 in Santa Barbra, organized a staff of 85 to promote the event across the United States. “It was a gamble,” Nelson said, “but it worked.” In 1990 Earth Day went global and is recognized in over 190 countries. Earth Day is about nurturing and appreciating our natural habitats and ecology. What better way to celebrate than by spending the day in one of our local parks?
Boynton Beach offers many beautiful parks throughout the city. A complete list of Boynton’s waterway parks can be found here. Some of the beautiful parks Boynton Beach offers are:
The Harvey E. Oyer Jr. Park features 4 boat ramps on the Intracoastal Waterway, across from the Boynton Beach Inlet. Located at 2010 North Federal Highway, this park houses a Coast Guard Auxiliary building, picnic area, playground and a fishing pier. Parking for vehicles and trailers is available on-site.
Located at 2240 North Federal Highway, Intracoastal Park has something for everyone! Rent the waterfront clubhouse with a second story wrap around deck, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway for meetings, parties, and weddings. An outdoor pavilion is available for reservation. A playground and outdoor restroom are some of the amenities. There is also Intracoastal Waterway access for kayaks, paddle boards, and canoes.
The eastern edge of this park consists of a mangrove nature preserve with a boardwalk feature that overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway, where manatees have been known to frequent. Located at 2600 South Federal Highway, Jaycee Park offers bocce courts, picnic pavilions, a fitness trail, a playground, nature preserve, open play areas and rental shelters. There is also Intracoastal Waterway access for canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards. For Arbor Day, on April 6th, the City of Boynton Beach teamed up with students from Congress Middle school to plant new trees in this park helping to enhance the environment and maintain Boynton Beach’s Tree City USA status.
This 12 acre scenic park is located on North East 4th Avenue, off of Federal Highway and bordering the Intracoastal Waterway. This mangrove hammock park is connected by three tidal inlets and is a great place to see a variety of animals including: birds, raccoons and manatees.
Get outside for a picnic, a walk, or a day on the water and explore the natural beauty of Boynton Beach! Happy Earth Day!