Looking south east with 45th Street, bottom left, Haverhill Road,right and Military Trail at top left of the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, future spring training home of the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, June 29, 2016 in West Palm Beach. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)
WEST PALM BEACH — It might
be hard to believe, with the first pitch just over seven months away, but The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is
on schedule to open in spring 2017, according to officials.The $144 million
facility, being built off 45th Street between Haverhill Road and Military
Trail, will be the spring home of the Washington Nationalsand Houston Astros.
shot from a helicopter last week by The Palm Beach Post’s Greg Lovettshow the
progress that has been made since ground was broken on the former landfill in
November. Expect a flurry of activity in the coming weeks, including the
installation of grass on the six Washington Nationals’ practice fields.The
Nationals’ fields are on the south side of the site, starting with two fields
just east of the man-made lake and a “cloverleaf” of four fields just west of
Military Trail. The Astros’ fields start at the northeast corner of the site,
with a cloverleaf of four fields and two more fields to the west of the
cloverleaf.The Nationals and Astros each will have two practice fields built to
the same dimensions as their regular-season ballparks, Nationals Park in
Washington and Minute Maid Field in Houston. Because of the way the utility
lines were installed, the Nationals practice fields will be completed first.
As of last week, 10 of the 12
practice fields had gravel on them. Grass sprigs will be installed on the
Nationals’ fields in a week or two.The main stadium is visible in the center.
The outfield walls are up.The Nationals clubhouse can be seen behind home plate
toward right field. The Astros clubhouse is behind left field. The Nationals
clubhouse will include an outdoor swimming pool for players.Brady Ballard, the
stadium’s general manager, said about 200 workers are on the site every day. The
project is being built by HKS and Hunt Construction. It is financed in large
part by the county’s tax on hotels and motels. The Astros and Nationals will
join the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, who hold spring training at
Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, as the only spring training teams in Palm Beach
County. The New York Mets train in Port St. Lucie. This article is copy of MyPalmBeachPost.com and link to it original version was provided on top.
Work begins on Miami-to-Orlando fast train
Preliminary work has begun for construction of a $2.5 billion express passenger train between Miami and Orlando.In preparation for the project, 35,000 linear feet of new steel rails have been laid on the ground alongside existing freight train tracks at two sites in Palm Beach County just west of North Dixie Highway in Boca Raton.Parking lots that for years were packed with vehicles next to the Miami-Dade County Hall building and Metrorail tracks in downtown Miami are now empty, closed for coming construction of the train’s Miami station.The shuttered parking lots and the new steel rails mark the first physical work on the future service since the ambitious project was announced in March 2012.All Aboard Florida, as the project is called, is expected to begin operations in two phases: first between Miami and West Palm Beach in 2016 and then between West Palm Beach and Orlando in 2017.
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Fun in Town Center in Jupiter at Abacoa
There is always
something fun and exciting going on at the Abacoa Town Center in Jupiter,
Florida; no wonder it is such a popular destination. The dining and shopping
keep visitors busy year round with the charm of an old main street touched with
classical design elements and a supper relaxed chic feel that makes you feel
like you are in the right place. Once you visit you will want to come back for
more. Whether you are in the
mood for the island delights at Jumbo Bay Island Grill or the cozy Italian
homemade fare of Costello’s Trattoria. Your taste buds will think you have
taken them to Fantasy Island. Some of the other hotspots in the Abacoa Town
Center Shoppe’s like the CopaCabana Cuban are renowned for their authentic
Cuban menu, and for the beer lovers there is the mainstay Das Biergarten. Don’t forget to catch
a Minor League Baseball Game across the street at Roger Dean Stadium, home of
the Jupiter HammerHeads (Marlins A Gulf Coast League) and The Palm Beach
Cardinals (St Louis Cardinals A Gulf Coast League).