Six forgotten downtown Jacksonville public spaces

April 17, 2017

Here's six downtown public spaces that have been largely forgotten and overlooked by the masses.




3. Confederate Park



Dating back to 1907, Confederate Park once contained the City's first supervised playground.  During the early half of the 20th century, this park served as an epicenter for major cultural events, including the 1914 annual reunion of the United Confederate Veterans.  Despite once being considered on the edge of downtown, Confederate Park was largely forgotten after the continued expansion of State and Union Streets into highways visually and mentally separating downtown from Springfield.














4. Duval County Courthouse Plaza



Long highlighted as a major courthouse issue being ignored,community advocates successfully pushed for the creation of a courthouse plaza instead of a road between Adams Street and the Duval County Courthouse's front door.  Completed in 2012, over 500,000 users pass through this green space on an annual basis. However, Jacksonville could do much more than allowing this space to remain as a poorly maintained front yard to the Duval County Courthouse.  With a little focus, this space could easily become a vibrant interactive activity center bridging the Northbank core with LaVilla.








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