Freedom Park

Open Sunrise Closed at Sundown  
Rated for
 
Manicured green space with circular sidewalk

Available Amenities

Accessible Amenities Artificial Reef Bait & Tackle Baseball Basketball Benches Beach Pier Bike Racks Bike Trail Birding Trail Boat Dock Boat Fuel Boat Pumpout Boat Ramp Boat Trailer Parking Canoe Rental Community Center Concession Stand Drinking Fountain Equestrian Trail Fishing Available Football Golf Grills Hiking Trail Nonmotorized Launch Kayak Rental Lighting Manatee Education Multipurpose Field On the water Paddle Board Rental Parking PWC Rental Picnic Shelters Picnic Tables Playground Restaurant Restrooms RiverWalk Sailboard Rental Sailboat Rental Scenic Overlook Skate Park Soccer Surfing Swimming Pool Tennis Trash Barrels Wheelchair Accessible

About Freedom Park

Freedom Park is located at the intersection of McCormick and Fort Caroline Roads in the Arlington section of East Jacksonville.   There had been talks about a park in this part of Jacksonville for many years; it finally formed in October 2020. October 29, 2018, The City of Jacksonville and Council Member Al Ferraro hosted an event to celebrate the proposed "Freedom Park".  This park is the first marker commemorating a Gullah Geechee Community in Jacksonville. Gullah Geechee are direct descendants of slaves who settled in the Coastal Lowlands, from North Carolina to North Florida. The single largest concentration is in Jacksonville, but Freedom Park would be the city’s first public area to recognize their history. The monument in the center of park honors and commemorates the Cosmo, Gullah Geechee & PTSD Veterans. The area has been summed up by local Pastor Joe Cooper of the Cosmo community in two words: ‘fishing and love.’ The Florida Legislature approved $521,855 in funding for the Gullah Geechee community’s Freedom Park.

Adan, Abukar, WJCT. ‘Jacksonville Park to Commemorate Descendents of Slaves’, May 13, 2019

Jones, David. First Coast News. ‘Living History: Freedom Park will memorialize local Gullah Geechee people, veterans with PTSD in Jacksonville’, March 14, 2020

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