Now you can sit outside or even take selfies on the south end of Mizner Park.
The downtown district’s public area in the median has six tables with 18 chairs and four umbrellas, “that are movable according to the sun,” said Ruby Childers, the city’s downtown manager.
The new seating area is opposite the Yard House restaurant and Mizner Park Cultural Center.
“They’re bistro tables and chairs, the same as in Sanborn Square, but we used bright pink,” to match the Mizner Park decor, she said. “We used vibrant colors to make a wonderful photo opportunity. You can sit in the pink chairs and see the mural on the amphitheater. It’s all coming together.”
The city’s Sanborn Square is outfitted with orange bistro tables and chairs installed near the stage before the pandemic, an instant hit with regulars. The city had to remove them, but now they’re back in place in the park just north of Palmetto Park Road on Federal Highway.
Once that seating area won the Out of the Box category from The Florida Redevelopment Association, the city decided to keep that going, Childers said.
“After we won an award, we wanted to continue the placemaking theme, so we added seating to the south end of Mizner,” she said. “Our goal is to create interactive green space and provide a relaxing place to appreciate the downtown.
“Especially after the pandemic, it’s important to have a place where people can take a minute with their Starbucks [in Mizner] or their lunch from Tucci’s [near Sanborn].”
What’s next? “We’d like to continue to reference our walking tours, especially our dessert tour if you want something sweet to eat,” Childers said.
Here’s a link to the six downtown self-guided walking tours and a map: https://www.downtownboca.org/31/Visit
By Marci Shatzman