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Boca Raton Beach & Park District Officially Names Briann Harms New Executive Director

Boca Raton Beach & Parks District Names Briann Harms New Executive Director

Author: Melissa Dawson 
Contact: mdawson@mybocaparks.org

BOCA RATON – The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District removed the “Interim” tag from Briann Harms' job title, officially promoting her to Executive Director. 

“Briann's dedication to the Boca Raton community and her effectiveness as the interim made this an easy decision for us,” Commission Chairperson Susan Vogelgesang said. “She stepped into the Executive Director position and met or exceeded all expectations, proving to be a tremendous asset for the Boca Raton community.” 

Harms quickly proved herself as an effective leader during a results-filled nine months as the District's interim director. 

During her tenure as interim, which began in January, the District resurfaced the tennis courts and playground at Patch Reef Park and recently finished installing three environmentally friendly artificial turf fields there. The District also renovated the batting cages and added shade structures at Sugar Sand Park, and completed Swim and Racquet Center construction, giving the District a new home for its offices and meetings.

Harms led the effort to improve...

Boca Votes to Pursue Third-Party Funding for Boca National Golf Course

Boca Raton Votes to Pursue Third-Party funding for Boca National Golf Course

Author: Melissa Dawson 
Contact: mdawson@mybocaparks.org

BOCA RATON – The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District (The District) voted on Monday to pursue a bond, most of which will fund the development of Boca Raton's new public golf course to be built at the former site of Ocean Breeze.

“We want to ensure Boca Raton residents have the best facilities at a reasonable cost. After spending 24 months researching the project, we are eager to move ahead with the Boca National Golf Course, giving Boca Raton residents the destination facility they requested,” District Commissioner Bob Rollins said.

Complying with a request from the City of Boca Raton, the District spent two years researching what city residents wanted from their new course.

The District vetted 17 golf course designers and, with community feedback, contracted with renowned designers Nick Price and Tom Fazio (Price/Fazio) to design a facility that includes an 18-hole course, an 11-hole short course, practice facilities, a learning center and a temporary clubhouse, all of which will be open to the public.

 When completed, Boca National would immediately become one of the premier public golf facilities in the nation.

Boca National Golf Club Project Plans...

Boca Raton Patch Reef Park's New Turf Fields Draw Rave Reviews

New Artificial Turf Fields at Boca Raton's Patch Reef Park

Author: Melissa Dawson
Contact: mdawson@mybocaparks.org

BOCA RATON – Todd Deering heard plenty of positives about the new artificial turf fields being installed at Boca Raton's Patch Reef Park.

On Saturday Sept. 7, when the Boca Raton Braves played on those fields for the first time, he found that the new surface exceeded the hype...

“This is incredible. This is awesome,” said Deering, President of the Braves youth football organization. “The kids actually came out for the first time on it today, loved it. Loved the feel of it. It's basically like real grass, too. Safety wise the kids are loving it. We love it.”

When complete, the $4 million Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District project that began in March will create three new turf fields for community use in place of what previously were natural turf fields. 

The new turf fields require less maintenance, affording more time for play. And the new drainage system underneath the fields eliminates the need to cancel games because of soggy fields.

Two of the multi-purpose fields are already complete, with the third scheduled to open by the end of the month. Fields will have permanent lines for football, lacrosse and soccer, but can be used for most any sport that...