PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — A plan is in the works to upgrade the Green Cay Nature Center west of Boynton Beach to include a second park and a water purification center.
The Green Cay expansion is part of a $40-50 million project by the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department.
Department spokeswoman Katherine Stollberg told WPTV that the project would include a learning center, picnic area and pavilion. The additional 63 acres just to the east would connect to the existing Green Cay wetlands.
"Far out," Howard Luckman, who frequently visits Green Cay to walk the trail and get some exercise, said upon learning of the expansion plan. "I think it's a good thing. The more areas that people have to (be in) touch with nature, the better people will be and the better our society will be."
Stollberg said the water would also be open for fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding.
"My husband and my grandchildren would love to have somewhere different to go fishing," another frequent visitor said.
The entrance to the new park would be via Flavor Pict Road, while the entrance to the education center would be on Hagen Ranch Road.
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"More beauty for us to enjoy," Luckman said.
Work is expected to begin in February 2023 and be completed by late 2025.