Public Spaces

High Tides at Huguenot Memorial Park May Impact Weekend Access

Huguenot Memorial Park visitors are advised to call the park office at (905) 251-3335 or visit before visiting the park over the weekend to determine current tidal conditions expected during peak hours.

Old Fire Station No. 5 Added to List of Endangered Historic Sites

Old Fire Station No. 5 Added to List of Endangered Historic Sites

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announced their 2011 11 Most Endangered Historic Sites list at the Annual Statewide Preservation Conference, in Central Florida, on May 19, 2011. The sites are not ranked in any particular order.


Fire Station # 5, Jacksonville

Fire Station #5 is the oldest and most recognized historic building on Riverside Avenue in downtown Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood.  It was designed by Robert Lee Sevil in 1910. The land on which the building stands was sold by the city to Fidelity National Financial, Inc. in 2009.  The building is currently vacant, unmaintained, and has been the target of repeated vandalism.  Some city officials are in support of the preservation of the building but are concerned over costs for relocation and rehabilitation. The site is added to the 2011 list due to the potential for demolition caused by redevelopment pressure.


Are You Being Targeted? Where you are Most Likely to get Ticketed

Are You Being Targeted? Where you are Most Likely to get Ticketed

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "I just came outside, and I saw a parking ticket," said Keenan Williams, a Jacksonville resident.

Hundreds of parking citations are written daily in Jacksonville by 10 full-time parking enforcement specialists patrolling the city.

"There's no one area that is worse than others. There are some that are more frequent, but none that are worse," said Robert Carle, city parking enforcement director, whose crew is tasked with ticketing downtown, Riverside, and San Marco metered parking equally. "They're looking to turn over parking, and achieve compliance."

But numbers from 2010 show that's not really true. There are areas where vehicles are ticketed more frequently than others - and none of them are downtown. The top four most ticketed spots in Jacksonville are all hospitals.

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Students at Fletcher Middle Participate in the Opening of the Beaches Parade

Four students from Fletcher Middle School participated in the Opening of the Beaches Parade with Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA). The girls were asked to participate by the FOJA beach committee.

In addition to walking the dogs and hyping the crowd during the parade, the girls designed posters, flyers and decorations for the float. The theme was “Rock Star” and they gave the dogs names such as “Mick Wagger” and “Elvis Pawsley.” The girls continued volunteering at FOJA’s adoption event after the parade. Four of the dogs found potential homes thanks to students’ efforts.

This project began in December during a service-learning lesson in the classroom. During a unit on research and communication, the students studied and discussed pet overpopulation.

JaxParks Summer Camp Lineup

The City of Jacksonville Recreation and Community Programming Division (JaxParks) summer camp program registration period will open Tuesday, May 17.  Registration for all camps will be conducted online only unless indicated otherwise. It will remain open until all seats are filled.  Free public online access is available at all Jacksonville Public Libraries.

Jacksonville Special Events July 2011

Freedom, Fanfare & Fireworks

July 4

Independence Day celebration, festivities include a majestic fireworks show over the St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville and other special engagements. 


Jacksonville Special Events June 2011

Moonlight Movies

June 3 and 10

A classic movie is shown outdoors under the stars in Jacksonville Beach.  Visitors bring picnic blankets and baskets, lawn chairs and pets to really make an evening out of it.  Vendors set up to sell food and beverages, as well as there is a kids’ entertainment zone for families.  Event is free.  Screenings begin at 9 p.m.