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The Downtown Ambassador Pilot Program has come to an end. Feedback Needed!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 5:20pm

The Downtown Ambassador Pilot Program has come to an end. It is imperative that we hear from our Downtown business community, residents and visitors in order to continue this program. 

Click here to learn more about the pilot program. 

Please let us know if you'd like to see the program continue:

If you are a Downtown resident, property owner, business owner or visitor, send a letter or email about this pilot program to: DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com and/or click here to take the Downtown Ambassador SURVEY.

Delray Beach honored as "2017 Playful City USA Community"!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 2:12pm

DELRAY BEACH (May 17, 2017) - The City of Delray Beach is proud to announce that the national non-profit KaBOOM! is honoring the City with a 2017 Playful City USA designation for the second time. Playful City USA honors cities and towns across the country for putting the needs of families first so kids can learn, grow and develop important life skills. These communities are transforming ordinary places into playful spaces and using play as a solution to the challenges facing their residents.

The 2017 Playful City USA recognition includes 258 communities from across the nation that make it as easy as possible for kids to play. In total, these communities feature more than 14,000 safe and engaging playspaces that serve more than 4 million kids.

"The City of Delray Beach is proud to be recognized as a 2017 Playful City USA community," said City of Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein. "The City values the recreational and leisure pursuits of our residents and visitors and currently has 24 playgrounds located within our wonderful park system. In addition to our current play spaces, the City is working together with community partners to expand our play space inventory and will install a fitness park and new boundless playground before the end of the year. The City of Delray Beach is committed to providing quality places for our residents and visitors to "Get Out, Get Up, and Get Active" in our community."

As cities are becoming sources for innovation, communities across the country are creating inventive ways to attract and retain residents. Playful City USA honorees are taking bold action to ensure kids have great places to play - all with the ultimate goal of making play the easy choice for all kids, no matter where they live. In addition to the playground down the street, Playful City USA communities are turning grocery stores, vacant lots, crosswalks and sidewalks into opportunities for play.

"We are thrilled to recognize the City of Delray Beach for putting kids first," said KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal. "The well-being of our communities starts with the well-being of our kids, and play is critical for them to thrive. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that all kids get the childhood they deserve filled with play."

To see the full list of Playful City USA communities and to learn more about making play the easy choice for kids, visit kaboom.org/playfulcityusa. You can also take part in the conversation with leaders across the country using #PLAYceforkids on Twitter and Facebook.

ATLANTIC AVENUE NAMED ONE OF TOP 10 GREAT AMERICAN SHOPPING STREETS BY USA TODAY

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 5:17pm

Delray Beach, FL (May 2017)…Robert Gibbs, a leading Urban Retail Consultant, named Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach as one of the top 10 great American Shopping Streets in a story for the May 5, 2017 edition of USA Today.  In referencing urban shopping districts, Mr. Gibbs said, “They have what I call the X-Factor of Urbanism. Very cool, historic and filled with interesting shops and restaurants, surrounded with walkable neighborhoods. Vacationers spend more time shopping than on any other vacation activity, making these neighborhoods natural for travelers.”

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) hosted a Property & Business Owner Town Hall Session on April 19, and had Robert Gibbs present “New Trends in Urban Retail Planning and Development.  “We believe the information Mr. Gibbs shared will be a tremendous asset in supporting our current businesses as they continue to grow and succeed, while also providing property owners and developers with professional insight and industry knowledge that will assist their decision making as they attract new tenants Downtown, “ said Laura Simon, Executive Director, DDA.   “This is all part of the DDA’s charter, mission and current strategic plan.  We encourage everyone to view this story at www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/10greatplaces/2017/05/05/shopping-streets-districts/101287158/, as well as Gibbs' April 19th Town Hall presentation which was recorded and is available online at:  www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/TownHall2017."

 

For more information, please contact the DDA office at 561.243.1077 or DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com.

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About the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority mission is to enhance and stimulate balanced economic growth through position marketing activities that engage Downtown Businesses, residents and visitors, while creating a clean, safe, physical and experiential place to live, work and invest.  For more information, please visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077.

 

Media Contact: Sarah E. Flynn - Willcaro Communications LLC  

561.866.5064 - sarahf@willcarocomm.com

Delray Beach Master Plan Update: Week of May 15, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 5:12pm

(May 15, 2017) Construction continues at the south end of the beach between Casuarina Road and the Sandoway Parking Lot. Folks will notice that the sidewalk remains closed with temporary construction fencing. We are continuing to ask people to be careful when accessing the beach.  

The general contractor completed the removal of the existing sidewalk except for the area trucking off the debris,  so it is very important that folks trying to get to the beach only use the identified access points, which provide safe entry. These safe entry points are located at Casuarina Rd. and at the Sandoway Parking Lot.

Utility trenching has started at the southern boundary of the project for electric, plumbing, and irrigation.

New glass encased message boards are located at the northern and southern boundaries, as well as Atlantic Avenue have been installed which will inform the public (weekly) of upcoming construction events for the project.    

 

Due to limited parking at the beach, a third Downtown Roundabout trolley between the parking garages and the beach is accessible.  Click here to view a map of the new route or visit www.mydelraybeach.com.

 

Beach Promenade benches, plaques and stone memorials have been removed and safely stored. Any donor of the same should contact Isaac Kovner at 561-243-7000, ext. 4119, to discuss options for future location.

 

Upcoming Activities:

  • Underground piping for the brand new, modern showers continues at the south end of the beach.
  • Backfilling and compaction of the trench for the underground piping will follow.
  • Forms for the new concrete sidewalk will be built on the newly compacted soil.
  • Concrete mock-ups of the future sidewalk are completed and the final choices have been selected.

 

Parking:

As construction continues on the Promenade, certain on-street parking spaces along the beach will remain unavailable. However, we will make every effort to make parking alternatives accessible whenever possible. Parking in all public parking lots along the beach, including the Sandoway lot, will continue to be available. For those who choose to park in public parking garages, a third trolley has been added with a new route featuring stops at the parking garages and additional stops along the beach to accommodate beach-goers.

 

Bicycle lanes:

Bicyclists will be able to use the bicycle lane, but we urge extra caution in this area.  The bicycle lane on Ocean Boulevard will be narrowed with barriers to protect the general public from the construction activities.

 

Worksite Safety:

The contractor has secured the Beach Promenade area on the north end of the Beach to create two safe zones -- one for protected sidewalk and beach access for the public and one for protection of the construction site. Directional and informational signage is present. 

A safe zone for construction also is established on the south end of the Beach. Utility structures, irrigation, electrical and existing trees are protected from construction activities.

Public notifications concerning sidewalk closures are posted. The contractor is working with the public on providing safe entry to the beach through designated areas within the construction zone.

 

Contact information:

For questions concerning parking during construction, please contact Jorge Alarcon at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4112.

For the trolley service, please contact Xavier Falconi at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4113.

For general questions concerning the construction, please contact Isaac Kovner at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4119.

The City apologizes for any inconvenience the construction may impose.  We thank you for your patience and understanding. 

 

Stay informed with up-to-date information by visiting our website: www.mydelraybeach.com

DDA Newsletter - Summer 2017

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