Palm Beach County & Orange Bowl Celebrate the Opening of Phase II of Orange Bowl Field in Belle Glade

 

Image description: Orange Bowl Field proposed improvements

Palm Beach County in partnership with the Orange Bowl Committee will officially open Phase II of Orange Bowl Field on September 10 at 10:00am at Glades Pioneer Park, located at 866 State Road 715, Belle Glade.

Phase II which commenced in December 2021 features a new building with restrooms and space for community meetings and health/recreational programming, park furnishing and shade trees.

Phase I was completed in December 2019 and included a synthetic turf field and maintenance, an electronic scoreboard, an entry monument, fencing, walkways and signage. Future plans include a new destination playground, picnic pavilion, grand entry plaza and a vehicle drop off area near the neighborhood center.

“The continued renovation of Glades Pioneer Park furthers the county’s commitment to youth enrichment, sports programming and facility development,” said Commissioner Melissa McKinlay.

Orange Bowl Field is part of PBC Parks’ initiative to break down social justice barriers making parks and open spaces accessible to everyone and to be a champion of inclusiveness, fairness, social equity in the Glades Region. The park serves as the playing site for several teams from the Glades Youth Football League, which is a current member of the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance (OBYFA). In addition, many current and former NFL players from the area have used the field to conduct youth football camps.

“We are so excited to unveil Phase II of Orange Bowl Field at Glades Pioneer Park,” said Orange Bowl President & Chair Frank Gonzalez. “We are so appreciative of the collaborative effort of all our partners to make this a reality and we are thrilled for the residents of Belle Glade and Palm Beach County that will be able to enjoy these new, state-of-the-art facilities for years to come.” The Orange Bowl Committee selected Glades Pioneer Park as a recipient of a $1.5 million matching Legacy Gift for the design, permitting and construction of the Orange Bowl Field and other related amenities. The amount was matched by the Board of County Commissioners, providing a total of $3 million toward the renovation project. An additional $400,000 in grant funding was received from the Quantum Foundation and the NFL Foundation to assist with the second phase of the project.

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