Southbank

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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MOSHing With The Elements

Jacksonville’s is seen by some as neglected stepchild of , hiding in the shadows of the Northbank’s skyscrapers, underappreciated and mostly passed over. But all the while, one institution has maintained its reputation as a popular destination for adults and children alike: the . While certainly an attraction for children, is in the process of rebranding and repositioning itself as a center for all ages that cultivates a lifelong joy of learning. For several years now, MOSH has hosted its adult-oriented After Dark series of events that reveals the science behind such topics as cocktails, coffee, sharks, and even mixed …

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MOSH Brings Science to Life with Dinosaurs Unearthed

Museum of Science and History, Photo by Fran Ruchalski, MOSH, Southbank, Jacksonville, FL

The roots of MOSH go back to 1941 when the was chartered. The first home was a Victorian mansion in Riverside. One vividly creepy memory recalls the Egyptian mummy housed under the staircase. Construction began on the current location on Jacksonville’s Southbank in 1965, and the facility opened in 1969. The open, spacious design by architect provides an inviting atmosphere of discovery and learning. The Jacksonville Children’s Museum became the Jacksonville Museum of Arts and Sciences in 1977 and six years later, they were accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The name was changed to () in 1988, and …

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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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DVI reports on the State of Downtown

State of Downtown, Jacksonville, FL

Each year, Downtown Vision, Inc. publishes its “State of Downtown” report. The publication analyzes the previous year’s trends and successes, providing a snapshot of  health and progress. Today, we are pleased to release the 2014 report, which covers information on: investment + development office + employment residential culture + entertainment restaurants + retail hotels + convention clean + safe getting around The stars are aligning for Downtown. Investor interest in the riverfront; strengthened connectivity between Downtown and Riverside; and the re-imagination and launch of one-of-a-kind destinations make 2014 a year worth celebrating: The City of Jacksonville and its authorities currently …

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Art in the Park + MOSH + RAM

Hemming Park is exploding with art all over the park on Saturday, May 2, sponsored by . From 10 am to 3 pm, children and adults are invited to a free day of fun with the best of the city’s cultural organizations offering live performances, participatory events and even a water spirit emerging thanks to artist . Come along any way you wish – by bicycle, skyway, river taxi or walk the bridges. Just be there for a jammed pack day of exciting events over at , too, where the  at  or around the bend at  for more food, fun …

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NEW SOUTHBANK RIVERWALK

The Barge, Southank Riverwalk, Jacksonville FL

New Public Art and BARGE Event Series Will Help Activate Downtown Adding to the exciting wave of Downtown renewal, the new, improved Southbank Riverwalk opened today with an event at Friendship Fountain. Mayor , Council President , Councilmembers ,  and , and other city leaders announced new features and opportunities in celebration of the opening of this renovated  centerpiece. “This newly redesigned  will add even more momentum to our Downtown riverfront and serve as a destination for our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Brown. “This new 4,000-foot Riverwalk provides a unique experience for the public to enjoy our treasured St. …

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The Jacksonville Skyway Express

Gliding above the St. Johns River and  city streets, the JTA Skyway serves points of interest on both sides of the river. The Skyway provides riders with easy access to their workplace, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues. The  is an automated system offering low cost and convenient service to downtown patrons and employees. The trains depart the stations approximately every three minutes during peak periods and about every six minutes all other times. The Skyway Makes Connections. The Skyway system is interconnected with JTA’s Trolley service, providing riders with expanded mobility in the . In addition, the Skyway stations at …

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On the River: Meet our new Jacksonville River Taxi

The defining feature of downtown Jacksonville is the . There is no better place to visualize the tremendous potential of our city than while cruising on our downtown . We often take this vessel for granted, while failing to take advantage of the benefits it could provide. Currently, our River Taxi serves a very limited and utilitarian purpose. It transports people from one side of the river to the other and helps to alleviate traffic on game days and major events. What if, instead, the River Taxi expanded by offering commuter transportation, taking people to desirable destinations, and providing tours …

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La Caroline

It was 462 years ago (1562) that  Captain  and a group of French explorers sailed west on the Atlantic Ocean and into the mouth of the St. Johns River. Ribault named this river that runs north the River of May (thus, ), and he and his men met and exchanged gifts with the indigenous Timucua Indian tribes, who had lived here for thousands of years. According to maritime journals, Ribault and the French explorers set a large stone pillar carved toward the top with three fleur-de-lis firmly into the ground by the water’s edge and claimed this beautiful, pristine land …

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