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Jacksonville Parks and Recreation

Arlington Lions Club 4322 Richard D. Gatlin Road at end of Univ. Blvd. N. 36 acres Open sunrise-sunset. Includes Picnic areas, picnic shelters, nature trail, boardwalk, manatee education exhibit, playground, boat ramp & grills 573-2498

Bethesda Park 10790 Key Haven Road 20-acre lake maintained and stocked for fishing, 1,400 feet of handicap accessible nature trail boardwalks and picnic facilities. The Bethesda Park Lodge has a full kitchen and restrooms for groups of up to 205 persons. Four cabins including four bunk beds, a restroom and a kitchenette. The Lodge rents for $17 an hour, 3 hour minimum, plus $34 clean up fee Cabins $30 per night plus taxes. 764-5531 - Park hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Blue Cypress Park 4012 University Boulevard North Park has a new fishing pier and boardwalk along the south bank of the St. Johns River. Small ponds and wooded areas are included in its 118 acres. A ne w nine hole golf course is currently under construction. A small pro-shop will also be part of the new golf course. The park contains a community center and swimming pool and is home to the Parks Department's Aquatics Section. 745-5466

Boone Park 3700 Park Street 32205 -8 Grills, 2 Picnic Shelters, 24 Picnic Tables, Playground Equipment, 16 lighted clay tennis courts, a pro-shop, a wooden fitness course and a one-mile paved trail, 26 acres Boone Park was the birthplace of the sport "Corkball". Long-time Jacksonville Park employee, Chuck Rogers, invented the sport in 1937. He got the idea from watching two children hitting a cork with a tree limb in Boone Park. Park amenities include playscapes, grills, picnic shelters, benches, bleachers, bike racks, parking and restrooms. 384-8687

Burnett Community Center and Playground 3740 Burnett Park Road; 268-7510
Indoor Activities: Arts and Crafts, Billiards, Bumper Pool, Foosball, Games, Table Games, Table Tennis, Weights Outdoor Activities: Basketball, Boundball, Dodgeball, Flag Football, Hopscotch, Horseshoes, Kickball, Soccer, Tennis, Softball, Tetherball and Volleyball. Seasonal Team Sports for Youth: Basketball, winter; Boundball, spring; Track & Field, summer; Flag Football/Pillo Polo; 3-on-3 Basketball Tournaments, Scheduled Meetings: Table Tennis, Tuesday, Thursday 6-9 p.m. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Summer Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Camp Tomahawk 8419 San Ardo Road Southside offers a playground, picnic pavilion, grills, restrooms and three walking trails on 21.3 acres. The three trails include a .25 mile, a .6 mile and a 1 mile hike through cool pines and heavy undergrowth along the paths. The park also features a small creek at the trailheads where wading birds can be seen. 573-2498. Park hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cecil Field Equestrian Center 13531 Lake Newman Drive 32222 - 2 Adult Softball Baseball diamonds, 3 Youth Softball Baseball diamonds 1 Basketball courts, 18 Hole Golf, Gymnasium, Community Center, 2 Concession Stands, 2 Boat Docks,1 Football field, 5 Grills, 6 Picnic Shelters, 39 Picnic Tables, Playground Equipment, equestrian center, 54 Acres: Future park amenities will include a community center, a girl's softball quadraplex and a pool.

Charles "Boobie" Clark Park and Pool 8793 Sibbald Road 32208 - 1 Youth Softball Baseball diamond, 2 Basketball courts, Community Center, Football field, Playground Equipment, Restrooms , Swimming Pool and Tennis. 9 Acres There are also indoor activities available such as foosball, table games and meeting rooms. 924-5351

Clanzel T. Brown Park 4575 Moncrief Road 32209 768-2120 Community Center, Picnic Tables -7, Playground Equipment, Restrooms, Acres: 21
amenities include playscapes, a lighted youth softball field, 2 basketball courts, 9 lighted tennis courts and a swimming pool.

Crystal Springs Road Park 9800 Crystal Springs Road 32221 - 37.8 acres, 1 Softball or Baseball diamond, Community Center, 11 Grills .3 Handball Courts, 2 Picnic Shelters, 45 Picnic Tables, Playground equipment, Restrooms, 4 lighted Tennis Courts and 1 mile of unpaved trail. open sunrise till sunset - 699-2404

Dunes Park Biking Trails Park is being redeveloped 11751 McCormick Road 630-4100

Grand Park Community Center and Playground 2500 West 20th Street; 630-0321 Indoor Activities: Arts and Crafts, Billiards, Bumper Pool, Ceramics, Games, Homework Assistance, Table Games, Table Tennis and Weights. Outdoor Activities: Basketball, Bound ball, Dodge ball, Flag Football, Horseshoes, Kickball and Volleyball. Grand Park Community Meeting, 4th Tuesday each month; Grand Park Athletic Association, 2nd Tuesday each month; Disabled Veterans, 1st Tuesday each month; Karate, Tuesday & Thursday, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Facility Rental: $17.00 per hour, 3-hour minimum, plus $34.00 cleanup fee. Facility Equipment: Microwave and refrigerator, restrooms, tables and chairs, central heat and air. Capacity: 151

Henry T. Jones, Sr. Community Center and Playground 3856 Grant Road 399-0615 Indoor Activities: Arts and Crafts, Billiards, Fitness Equipment, Foosball, Games, Table Games and Table Tennis. Outdoor Activities: Basketball, Bound ball, Dodge ball, Flag Football, Hopscotch, Horseshoes, Kickball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Tetherball, Volleyball Scheduled Meetings: Pine Forest Community Action, 2nd Friday each month; Pine Forest Association, 1st & 3rd Thursday each month; Drug Club, 4th Wednesday each month; Advisory Committee, 1st Monday each month; Weight room Club, 2nd Wednesday each month. Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Summer Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Facility Rental: $17.00 per hour, 3-hour minimum, plus $34.00 cleanup fee.

Huguenot Memorial Park Ocean beach, saltwater fishing areas, bird observation tower, picnic pavilions, grills, boat launch, RV and tent camping, restrooms and showers, Hiking Trails, concessions (seasonal) 10980 Heckscher Drive - 449.5 acres Open 8 a.m.-sunset 50¢ per person. Camping: Waterfront and RV sites - $7.88 night, tent sites 5.63 night - 251-3335

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park 500 Wonderwood Dr. Jacksonville, Florida 32233 Jacksonville's premier 450-acre beachfront getaway
Discover the nature of things at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. Located on the sandy shores of the
Atlantic Ocean, the park boasts sunny beaches, freshwater lakes, and wooded campsites. Soak up the Florida sun along 1.5 miles of sandy beaches or swim, sail, fish or surf in the Atlantic Ocean. Lifeguards supervise all oceanfront water activities during the summer and concession stands offer snacks and soft drinks. Hanna Park's 60-acre freshwater lake is perfect for fishing, kayaking, paddle boats and canoes. Lakeside picnic tables and grills are available and scenic trails surround the lake and wind through the lush green forest. The lake area includes a quarter-acre water playground with colorful fountains and playful water squirting devices. Groups are welcome to take advantage of our tranquil settings and open air facilities for parties, retreats or seminars. Advance notice is required so space can be reserved for your group's convenience. Open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April - October and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. November - March. 249-4700 $1 per person. Camping: tent sites $13.50 night, RV sites - $18 night.

Lannie Road Park 3461 Lannie Road 32218 Radio Control Flying Field. The site is home to the Gateway Radio Control Club and has a covered pavilion with picnic tables and work benches, taxi-ways, runway and club house. In order to fly a model, you must have Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) insurance coverage or its equivalent. This 60-acre park also includes playground equipment and athletic fields. Amenities offered at this park, Adult Softball/Baseball -1, Basketball -1, Grills -1, Picnic Tables -4, Playground Equipment, Restrooms Acres: 167

Lonnie Miller Sr. Park Playground, restrooms, nature trails, picnic pavilions 7689 Price Lane - 101 acres Open sunrise - sunset. 573-2498

Lovelace Park 6401 Barnes Road offers a new 1/2 mile paved pathway which circles the playground and picnic areas and borders a stand of towering pine trees. This pathway is perfect for parents with strollers and visitors who prefer a smooth walkway. There are also bicycle paths in the woods which can be used by both cyclists and pedestrians anxious to head into ""the interior."" Covered picnic areas and a playground are also available, making this park another great location for a family afternoon outing. Park hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. - 5 Grills, 3 Picnic Shelters, 6 Picnic Tables, Playground Equipment, 1 mile of Paved Trails, 37 acres 573-2498

Mandarin Park 14780 Mandarin Road This premier Southside park features scenic river views, a small pond, and short trails which offer easy walks for all ages. Before you take a walk, though, spend a few minutes at the nature discovery center and read about the animals that inhabit the park and their varied habitats. Picnic pavilions, grills, a fishing area, playground, restrooms, observation pier, and a boardwalk make this 36-acre park the perfect place to spend the day. Park hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. 573-2498 Picnic pavilions, grills, nature trails, fishing area, playground, restroom, nature discovery center, observation pier, boardwalk

Metropolitan Park - Kids Campus 1410 Gator Blvd.; Phone 630-5437
Kids Kampus at Metropolitan Park is a ten-acre recreational facility with bright, colorful, climbing, digging and sliding equipment with an educational twist. Developed with local educators, Kids Kampus allows children to indulge their natural curiosity while enjoying its engaging playscapes and mini
Jacksonville landmarks. Picnic pavilion, a jogging trail and a refreshing splash park provide fun and relaxing activities for families or people who just enjoy the great outdoors. Safe City Children can learn tricycle safety while riding through a miniaturized four-block area of Jacksonville's downtown. Water safety and stranger danger are also taught. Water Features
"Three Friends" is a large boat and play structure surrounded by water cannons. "Bayou, Bogs, & Frogs" is a non-skid, sculptured rug that depicts
Florida's Wetlands and includes benches and water jets for wet and wild fun.
Open Air Classrooms Kids Kampus offers two open-air seating areas, just the right size for educational field trips and group tours. A 150-child capacity pavilion has a moveable stage and bleachers. An outdoor, 50-child capacity, amphitheater sits on a grassy hill overlooking the "Mayport Signal Hill."
Playscapes and Learning Fun Children can climb, slide, dig and ride while learning how to use telescopes, signal kits, mechanical diggers, a sundial, compass and an interactive wind machine. Play equipment mimics real-life machines and historical sites. Spring/Summer Monday-Saturday
8am-8pm Sunday 10am-8pm Fall/Winter Monday-Saturday 8am-6pm Sunday 10am-6pm

New Berlin Model Airplane Field 10525 Island Drive 32226 730-9619 or 434-0081 Amenities offered at this park: Concession Stand, Picnic Tables -2, Restrooms, Tennis (Hard) Acres: 321 The Radio Controlled Club leases the 18.67-acre site from the City and manages the field. The site contains two asphalt runways and is opened seven days a week. The public may visit at any time the field is open and have a picnic, watch the flying etc.

Pope Duval Park 13500 Beaver Street This 383-acre park offers urban fishing ponds, nature trails, a boardwalk, picnic area, and grills. Spend a relaxing day teaching youngsters how to fish while enjoying the great outdoors. Sunrise to sunset. 573-2498

Rails to Trails East Entrance: 2/10 mi north of Commonwealth Ave. on Imeson Road; West entrance: North of Route 90 on Brandy Branch Road. Once a part of the CSX railway line, the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail will be a thoroughfare for hikers, bikers, and equestrians when complete. This unique park provides a 14.5-mile long greenway, between Imeson Road and County Road 121, just past the town of Baldwin. The trail system, when completed, will include three separate paths: a multi-use asphalt trail for walking, jogging, or in-line skating; a mountain bike trail; and a trail for horseback riding. The Camp Milton Historic preserve will serve as the halfway marker for the trail. The 14.5 mile multi-use path is completed, and the mountain bike trail and equestrian trail are currently under construction. Along the greenway, you'll see a diversity of natural habitats, including pine flat woods, wetlands, and hardwood uplands. These areas attract a variety of wildlife such as songbirds, hawks, wild turkey, and white-tailed deer. The dense canopy that covers most of the trial provides shade on a sunny day and, in certain locations, even gives the illusion of traveling in a tunnel. Several rest areas with benches are provided along the route. Park hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Directions: Imeson Road Trailhead From Jacksonville, take Interstate 10 west to Exit 53 (new Exit 356) for Interstate 295. Head north on I-295 to Commonwealth Avenue (Exit 9). From Exit 9, head west on Commonwealth Avenue approximately 1 mile to Imeson Road. Take a right on Imeson Road (heading north) and continue to the trailhead. (Map It) Baldwin Trailhead and Park. From Jacksonville, take Interstate 10 west to Exit 50 (new Exit 343) for US 301. Head north on US 301 (toward Baldwin), continuing through Baldwin to the trailhead Brandy Branch Trailhead. From Jacksonville, take Interstate 10 west to Exit 50 (new Exit 343) for US 301. Head north on US 301 (toward Baldwin) until you reach US 90. Take a left (heading west) and proceed about 2 miles to Secondary SR 121 (Brandy Branch Road). Take a right (heading north) and continue to the trailhead. Camp Milton Trailhead (planned) This trailhead with parking will be located about mid-way on the trail when built. 630-4100

Ray Greene Park 2149 Leonid Road 32218 - 6 Softball / Baseball diamonds, Community Center, 2 Concession Stands, 2 Grills, Picnic Shelter, 6 Picnic Tables, Playground Equipment, Restrooms, Tennis, BMX course for off-road biking, 2 soccer fields, 2 basketball courts.38 Acres Biking Trails 630-4100

Ringhaver Park Ortega River Nature Preserve 5198 118th Street softball and soccer fields, a covered picnic area, an all-child playground, and a natural area to provide something for everyone. A canoe dock has been built on the Ortega River, along with a connecting boardwalk though Nature Preserve wetlands. The park includes a two-mile asphalt path with wooden bridges, providing access to the Ortega River Nature Preserve for walkers, joggers and the handicapped. Your walk will take you away from the athletic fields and toward the Ortega River. Along the path, you'll encounter beautiful oaks, towering pines, and ferns covering the forest floor. Look and listen carefully for small animals and birds as you walk through the forest. Benches located along the trail provide a convenient resting place for those who prefer a slow-paced stroll. 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.All-children's playscape, baseball/softball fields, tennis courts, 2 miles of nature/hiking/biking trails, picnic shelter, grills, restroom 779-1519

Riverwalk (Northbank) 201 East Coastline Drive 32202 630-4100 Amenities offered at this park: 2 Picnic Shelters, Paved Trails

Riverwalk (South Bank) 1001 Museum Circle 630-4100 Picnic Shelters, Paved Trails

Robert F. Kennedy Park 1133 Ionia Street 32206 630-0933 Amenities offered at this park:
Adult Softball/Baseball -1, Basketball court, Gymnasium, Community Center, Grills -2, Picnic Tables -2, Playground Equipment, Restrooms, Swimming Pool and Tennis (Hard) Acres: 4.74 Indoor activities include arts and crafts, billiards and foosball, and an indoor gymnasium for basketball or volleyball. Outdoor activities at the center include a softball field, swimming pool, tennis courts, playground area and outdoor basketball courts. The center hosts many special events, both large and small. Included at the center are a fully equipped kitchen, restrooms, and tables and chairs for functions as large as 370 people.

Southside Park 1541 Hendricks Avenue 32207 399-1761Amenities offered at this park:
Community Center, Picnic Shelters, Picnic Tables -4, Restrooms, Tennis (Clay), Tennis (Hard) Acres: 4.7"

Treaty Oak at Jessie Ball DuPont Park 1123 Prudential Drive The Treaty Oak stands majestically at Jessie Ball Ball DuPont Park, only five minutes from the heart of downtown Jacksonville. At only seven acres, this is the smallest of our Nature Parks, but the spreading grandeur of this single specimen of Quercus Virginiana or Live Oak warrants such a designation. The small park contains paved walk paths, benches and informational plaques. The Treaty Oak is a favorite noontime refuge for office workers on the south side of the St. Johns River and its noble branches have provided countless hours of play for generations of young people. The land was purchased by the DuPont family in the 1930s and given to the city in 1964 with the stipulation that it would always be a park. Although local lore places a treaty signing between Native Americans and European settlers under the spreading branches, it is unlikely such an event occurred. The stately Treaty Oak is approximately 180 years old, has a circumference of 25 feet and reaches more than 70 feet into the blue Florida sky. In 1986 the Jacksonville Electric Authority implemented an important preservation program which grows seedlings from Treaty Oak acorns and makes them available through Greenscape for replanting throughout Jacksonville. Since the program began, hundreds of seedlings have been transplanted, ensuring the legacy of this regal Jacksonville landmark. Park hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. 573-2498

Tree Hill Nature Center 7152 Lone Star Road - 52 acres 724-4646 Indoor nature center, interactive exhibits, learning laboratory, wildflower gardens, meeting room, gift shop, nature trails, wildlife viewing areasTree Hill Nature Center is a nonprofit wildlife preserve conveniently located in the midst of a Jacksonville, Florida suburb. Tree Hill is an urban wilderness of unspoiled, undeveloped land right in the heart of the city. Tree Hill has been an integral part of the environmental landscape in Northeast Florida for three decades. So, please take the time to visit and learn about nature, walk among the massive oaks, observe a quiet stream and wonder at life's creations. includes 50 acres of forest, swamps, freshwater streams, gardens, nature trails, and exhibits. A haven of environmental awareness for schools, science camps, teacher workshops, family celebrations or just a leisurely stroll