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Boynton Beach Boating & Fishing Club
Club History October 1, 2020
Historical Information: Our Club spun off from the Original Boynton Beach Boat Club Which went back into the Forties per Pictures we have, who in the 1950’s donated the Building & a Single Boat Ramp to the City of Boynton Beach, hence it was Commonly Called or Referred to as “Boat Club Ramp Park” for decades until changed to Harvey E. Oyer Jr. Park in 2011. Originally owned by the Boynton Beach Boat Club (a non-profit) in the 1950’s, the park had one ramp for local boaters. The club donated the building and a small portion of the land to the City. The City acquired additional properties and developed the park in cooperation with the FL Dept of Natural Resources through the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program in 1986 with a grant of $212,000. The renovation cost approximately $600,000 and included rebuilding the boat launching ramps, building restrooms and picnic shelters, improving the sprinkler system, renovating the Boat Club building and construction of the 310 ft. fishing pier…
In 1995, the City received $12,000 in grant funding from Palm Beach County through the Florida Boating Improvement Program for repair and replacement of the existing boat launching floating docks. The City again redeveloped the park (prior to opening Intracoastal Park) in 2001-02, adding much needed additional parking, ramps and holding docks with money from Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners. Palm Beach County contributed $900,000 towards the 2002 renovations, which included the seawall, boat ramps, 75 additional boat trailer parking spaces, new holding docks, addition of a “quiet pavilion” (next to the building), new playground and landscaping. In 2005, the clubhouse’s restrooms and kitchen were renovated and updated. At the same time, the fishing pier was renovated and refurbished.
In 2010, more renovations were made to the park. Demolition of the restroom facilities made way for new restrooms. The older shelters were demolished and new, sailcloth roofed shelters were added. The renovations were funded with money granted from the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners in the amount of $380,000. The Recreation and Parks Department and the Art in Public Places combined efforts to include public art projects in the park and in the spring of 2011 hosted the unveiling of the public art projects, park improvements and the Florida Fishing Academy headquarters. An unveiling event took place on April 16, 2011. This official public event featured the artwork of Guy Snell and Peter Agardy, speeches by local dignitaries, various youth activities and an appearance by former Massachusetts governor and former presidential candidate, Michael Dukakis. Peter Agardy, an accomplished graffiti and public artist, was selected by the Art in Public Places Program to create artwork that expresses the Boat Club Park’s character, proximity to the Boynton Beach Inlet, the City’s tag line, “Gateway to the Gulfstream,” historical connection to Boynton’s fishing community and nautical lifestyle. The mural on the retaining wall that greets you as you drive towards the boat ramps depicts the ocean and its importance and relationship to our community. The second featured mural near the roundabout heading toward the boat ramps, "Ode to Boynton," pays homage to the history of the fishing industry in Boynton Beach and present conservation efforts focusing on tag and release sailfish practices.
Staffed on weekends and holidays, the 704-s.f. building at the entrance to the park was built in 1986. The building was originally used as a bait and tackle shop until the late 1990’s. In 2010, the Department donated the use of it as classroom space and headquarters for the Florida Fishing Academy. In return, the FFA spruced the old building. Volunteers and donors have turned that “beautification” project into a work of art. The work began in October with up-and-coming 15-year-old artist Guy Snell, an apprentice of world-renowned marine artist Wyland. Guy painted his depiction of Boynton’s unique marine environment on all four walls of the building. His expenses were paid by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
In the fall of 2011 the park was officially renamed after pillar of the community and longtime resident Harvey E. Oyer, Jr. who passed away in December 2010.
The boat ramps are within a 1.4-acre rock jetty basin that provides protection from wave action and is located directly across from the Boynton Inlet (to the Atlantic Ocean). In conjunction with Palm Beach County, the City coordinates the dredging of the Boynton Boat Club Navigation Access Channel of the Intracoastal Waterway, which is done every few years.
https://www.boynton-beach.org/ Parks., Water/Beach Access, Harvey E. Oyer Jr. Park, Historical Information:
Park Hours: Sunrise – 10:00 p.m. (unless actively boating or fishing per Code of Ordinances Sec. 16-60)
Manatees have been known to frequent the area. Boaters should use extra care when launching watercraft and when shifting out of neutral. Call 1-888-404-3922, or *FMP on your cell phone, or use VHF Channel 16 to report an injured manatee.
A trailer parking/boat launching fee is required on weekends and city designated holidays ($10 per day), regardless of residency. The public can purchase a decal for $50 per year per decal. Decals are valid October 1 – September 30 (per Code of Ordinances Sec. 16-61). Decals can be purchased at City Hall or Intracoastal Park Clubhouse. Overnight boat docking is prohibited (per Code of Ordinances Sec. 16-59).
Amenities: BBQ grills, benches, boat ramp/docks, drinking fountain, fishing pier, meeting space, monofilament recycling bins, pavilions, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, Intracoastal Waterway
Boynton Beach Boating & Fishing Club
2010 N Federal Hwy, Boynton Beach, Florida 33435, United States
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