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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 American Institute of Architects - Jacksonville Chapter, Duval Audubon Society, First Coast Freethought Society, Garden Club of Jacksonville, Greenscape, Ixia Chapter - Florida Native Plant Society, 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

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

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Our Wow Park Wednesday highlight is Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati, Ohio

A riverfront park created reconnect downtown to the river and to link with the existing riverfront parks to the east. It is a place to view the river and river traffic, gather and celebrate as a community, and be inspired.

The park is divided into two primary levels. The Schmidlapp Event Lawn is part of the upper level and provides a green roof for the parking garage. The upper level of the park is above the 100 year flood. The rest of the park, the lower level south of Mehring Way, is within the floodplain. Pathways within the park are universally accessible with access to the water’s edge.

#riverfrontparksnow #smalepark # Wowparkwednesday #wpw

Our Wow Park Wednesday highlight is Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati, Ohio

A riverfront park created reconnect downtown to the river and to link with the existing riverfront parks to the east. It is a place to view the river and river traffic, gather and celebrate as a community, and be inspired.

The park is divided into two primary levels. The Schmidlapp Event Lawn is part of the upper level and provides a green roof for the parking garage. The upper level of the park is above the 100 year flood. The rest of the park, the lower level south of Mehring Way, is within the floodplain. Pathways within the park are universally accessible with access to the water’s edge.

#riverfrontparksnow #smalepark # Wowparkwednesday #wpw
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Smale park is wonderful, it’s one of the places we miss most from Cincinnati. We would love to have something similar here in Jax!

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