Urban Planning

HEMMING PARK HERALDS IMPROVEMENTS

Friends of Hemming Park unveiled a new collaboration that will enhance our city’s central park with improvements beginning next year. has partnered with to help establish a main stage near Hogan Street. Black Sheep Restaurant Group has also plans to open a kiosk in the park’s café area near the corner of Laura and Monroe streets. “There is so much momentum building behind Downtown Jacksonville, and Hemming Park is at the heart of it,” says Jacksonville . “These announcements represent a significant investment in the future of this integral park, and will contribute to even more energy and activity for …

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Jacksonville Landing Gives Art a Riverfront Home

It always struck me oddly when the bubbled up as a suggestion of where to take out-of-town company. The view is picturesque, and it’s one of the most prized pieces of commercial real estate in the area, but it has never really had a cohesive cultural offering. There have always been restaurants, nightclubs, and live entertainment, but not really anything that struck me as a unique, wholly Jacksonville experience. While there’s nothing particularly wrong with a pitcher and wings at Hooters, it certainly isn’t essential on the things you have to see in Jacksonville tour. However, the tide is changing, …

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Riverfront East: Northbank Grows

The span along Bay Street along the riverfront from Liberty Street to the Sportsplex is mostly open acreage waiting for development. It’s a stunning jewel in Jacksonville’s riverfront crown just waiting to be polished. SHIPYARDS For over 140 years, East Bay Street was home to one of the largest shipbuilding operations on the east coast. Since 1992, this site has become known as a field where revitalization dreams come to die. Renamed the Jacksonville Shipyards, Inc. (JSI) in 1963 by , shipbuilding operations on this site dated as far back as the 1850s. For decades, JSI was one of Jacksonville’s …

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Pajcics Give $75k Challenge Gift to Hemming Park

Hemming Park, Pajcic Donation, Steve Pajcic presents his $75,000 donation to Friends of Hemming Park CEO Vince Cavin, as Friends of Hemming Park Board President Dr. Wayne Wood looks on.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 13, 2015 – Today in Hemming Park, Jacksonville philanthropists Steve and Anne Pajcic presented a $75,000 “challenge gift,” meant to inspire others to support efforts to revitalize , to , board president, and Vince Cavin, Friends of Hemming Park CEO. “Friends of Hemming Park has done a remarkable job in turning this park from an eyesore into an energized and attractive showplace in less than one year,” said Steve Pajcic, prominent local attorney. “This park is the centerpiece of our downtown, and everyone in this city benefits from its revitalization. We strongly support the creative efforts of …

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Sbraga & Company to Open in Brooklyn Neighborhood This Fall

Kevin Sbraga, Sbraga & Company coming to 220 Riverside, Brooklyn, Jacksonville, FL

Sbraga Dining’s new restaurant will celebrate the harvest of the South July 30, 2015 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Celebrated chef is expanding his eponymous restaurant group to include , a new restaurant that will open this fall at in Jacksonville’s . The restaurant will offer shareable small plates and entrées, an innovative bar program, house-made breads, and a raw bar. 220 Riverside With approximately 50 percent of the menu dedicated to Southern crops and grains, the restaurant will showcase the versatility of regional ingredients and Sbraga’s passion for modern American culinary techniques. “The harvest of the South offers a bounty of …

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Grow Your Own: URBAN GARDENS

Short of ideas for your Grow Your Own Garden? Recently moved into a condo with no available garden area? Living in your van? You might want to drive or stroll over to the located on Superior Street near the IFAS center. Started decades ago, the IFAS garden provides a limited number of plots for folks who are sans soil. For folks who have both soil and sunlight, but might lack ideas, the garden is a creativity incubator. At a recent open house, Master Gardeners, under the leadership of , Veggie Gardener Wizard, informed novices and pros alike about bowl gardens, …

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Downtown Vision, Inc. and The Elbow Partner for the Elbow Bender

Kicks off with The Elbow Bender Party on July 9 Jacksonville, FL (June 16, 2015) – Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) and the bars, restaurants, entertainment venues and promoters collectively known as The Elbow have come together to promote authentic entertainment destination, beginning with the launch of the new TheElbowJax.com website to provide Jacksonville and visitors with a snapshot of the scene. In addition to the site, the partnership will launch a number of initiatives this summer to create new entertainment experiences. An Ocean Street Alleyway Clean Up Volunteer Day will give the community an opportunity to help clean up this …

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Southbank Riverwalk Mural: Roux Art’s “Mirrored River” Inspires

A Dedication to Community and Our River The Renovated Southbank Riverwalk Gains the Newest Addition to the City Public Art Collection BY DANIEL AUSTIN, Communications Manager, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Here’s a bold new idea for Jacksonville: “We want to make this city a destination for mosaic art,” says , who, along with his wife , co-founded A business that focuses on creating “community mosaics,” Roux Art’s experience comes from Kate, a lifetime artist and a twenty-year Duval County Public School art teacher, and Kenny on the business side, who recently retired after 27 years with . For the …

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Friendship Fountain – Now Celebrating 50 Years!

Friendship Fountain, Southbank, Jacksonville, FL

Once the “World’s Lightest and Tallest Fountain”, Now Celebrating 50 Years! Since 1963, Jacksonville has enjoyed a signature fountain and park designed by the late, world-renowned architect , also designer of the , among other notable city buildings. Opening in 1965, and the are situated on the , where generations of families have enjoyed ambulating between the Main Street or bridge, which opened in 1957. The fountain, park, and bridge are the visual triumvirate architectural signatures which connect what was once known as South Jacksonville to Downtown. In the beginning, the fountain and park were made possible by a donation …

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Eco Relics: Home Decor with a bit of Southbank History

Southbank, Jacksonville, FL, Old Riverwalk Lumber, metrojax

The Southbank area’s history is quite the study in vicissitude, full of highs and lows and ornamented with unfulfilled promises and ideas. It’s a beautiful area and should be one of Jacksonville’s most desirable attractions—you know, that postcard shot. , considered the grandfather of Florida’s major tourist attractions, was once there, but fire destroyed it nearly a century ago. There have been minor victories, mainly River Fountain, but that is a far cry from the Perkins & Perkins Architects-designed “festive waterfront public space,” which opened in 1985 under the leadership of mayor . Wait, so what does this all have …

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