All Great Cities Have Great Parks

Jacksonville has a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity to turn downtown city-owned property into an iconic riverfront for all.

We envision a connected network of extensive public green space and active parks along Jacksonville’s downtown riverfront that maximizes public access, reconnects the community to our river and creates a sense of place.

Provide a Gathering Place
for the Community

Stimulate Surrounding
Economic Development

Create a More
Resilient Downtown

“A once in a lifetime opportunity to make Jacksonville’s riverfront parks great”
See our Op Ed in the Florida Times Union’s July 20th Edition

Who We Are

Riverfront Parks Now is a citizen-led initiative consisting of representatives from non-profit organizations including Duval Audubon Society, Garden Club of Jacksonville, Greenscape, Jacksonville Urban League, Late Bloomers Garden Club, League of Women Voters, Memorial Park Association, Scenic Jacksonville, Sierra Club of Northeast Florida, and the St. Johns Riverkeeper.

Individuals and organizations who share our vision are invited to join our effort!

“Parks are essential infrastructure for 21st century cities.”
— Catherin Nagel, Executive Director, City Parks Alliance

Keep Up To Date

Feb 23 @ 12 noon – DIA Public Riverfront Workshop

February 19, 2021|

The Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) is hosting a public workshop about the Downtown Riverfront on Tuesday, February 23rd at 12 noon. According to the public notice: "The purpose of this meeting is for the DIA ...

Now is the time to save all of Metropolitan Park

February 13, 2021|

Ask the DIA to remove park lands from DIA Resolution 2021-02-02 On Wednesday, February 17th at 2 pm, the Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) is seeking approval of Resolution 2021-02-02, an access agreement which would allow a ...

Welcome New Coalition Members!

February 7, 2021|

Riverfront Parks Now is thrilled to announce that the Duval Audubon Society and the League of Women Voters have joined our coalition!  We are now at ten non-profit organizations, representing many thousands of members and ...

Support Documents

Riverfront Parks Now Presentation | download pdf
Economic Impact of Parks | download pdf
Mission Statement | download pdf
Riverfront Parks Create Resilient Cities | download pdf
A Riverfront for All | download pdf

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📍Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville, FL
Lot J Update

Last month, the City Council failed to reach 2/3 approval on LOT J, thereby defeating the Jaguars-Cordish proposed development deal. Following the vote, Jaguars President Mark Lamping said they would immediately set their sites on the “Shipyards” riverfront development proposal, previously announced as a Four Seasons Hotel, an orthopedic medical center, residential and office buildings.  (To be clear, when they say Shipyards, they mean Metropolitan Park and a part of the Shipyards).   
 
The National Park Service (NPS) rejected the city’s recent proposal to swap Metropolitan Park for a portion of the shipyards. 

We believe that that it’s time to change our approach: to step up and look holistically at our entire riverfront and in particular the publicly owned riverfront land.  Consider the many social, recreational, and resiliency benefits of what could be a transformational public asset – a signature park, series of parks, and expanded Riverwalk to complement and spur economic development in the many areas that exist today downtown.

Riverfront Parks Now is committed to a robust public engagement process that is proactive, strategic, visionary, and can take ideas into action.

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📍Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville, FL
Lot J Update

Last month, the City Council failed to reach 2/3 approval on LOT J, thereby defeating the Jaguars-Cordish proposed development deal. Following the vote, Jaguars President Mark Lamping said they would immediately set their sites on the “Shipyards” riverfront development proposal, previously announced as a Four Seasons Hotel, an orthopedic medical center, residential and office buildings. (To be clear, when they say "Shipyards," they mean Metropolitan Park and a part of the Shipyards).

The National Park Service (NPS) rejected the city’s recent proposal to swap Metropolitan Park for a portion of the shipyards.

We believe that that it’s time to change our approach: to step up and look holistically at our entire riverfront and in particular the publicly owned riverfront land. Consider the many social, recreational, and resiliency benefits of what could be a transformational public asset – a signature park, series of parks, and expanded Riverwalk to complement and spur economic development in the many areas that exist today downtown.

Riverfront Parks Now is committed to a robust public engagement process that is proactive, strategic, visionary, and can take ideas into action.

Sign up for our newsletter (link in bio)
for more on this topic.

#lotJ #jaguars #duuvall #parks #riverfrontparksnow #jacksonvillejaguars
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