The first of two new public parks less than a mile from each other to open today

In less than 18 months, residents living west of Interstate 95 around 45th Street will have two public parks within a mile of each other.

New play equipment at Gramercy Park

New play equipment at Gramercy Park

The first one opens today – Gramercy Park, a 2-acre park at 5615 Parke Ave. in West Palm Beach, just north of 45h Street and west of Haverhill Road and east of Florida’s Turnpike.

The next one, owned by the city of West Palm Beach, is scheduled to open by January 2017 — a 12-acre park off Haverhill Road on the west side of the new Major League Baseball spring training complex south of 45th Street.

Gramercy Park, a Palm Beach County park, will have a grand-opening ceremony at 9 a.m. today.

It includes three junior tennis courts and two children’s play areas featuring a slide, climbing structures, and an “Omnispin Spinner,” a variation on merry-go-rounds that’s accessible to all kids, including those with disabilities. It also has a 0.12-mile mulch path, an open grass play field, benches and a bicycle rack.

The new city park will be built by the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals and then given to the city.

It will include an open lawn with exercise stations, four lighted basketball courts, two soccer fields, a boundless playground with a splash pad, restrooms and waterfront benches overlooking an 11-acre lake on the park’s eastern side.

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