Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton was today joined by City Council Member Don Redman and the Recreation and Community Services Department for a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of the Beach and Peach Urban Park.
Recent enhancements to the nearly 70-acre park include three pavilions with picnic tables, grills and trash cans; park benches; ADA-compliant sidewalks and a parking area. The cost of construction, master planning and design was $534,375, supported by Preservation Project Jacksonville, bond funds and a Florida Communities Trust (FCT) grant. The park already featured a 1.25 mile walking trail.
'Beach and Peach Urban Park now affords residents with additional opportunities to experience the natural wonders of Northeast Florida,' said Mayor Peyton. 'Expanding access to Preservation Project Jacksonville properties marks another milestone in our efforts to take our park system from ‘biggest to best.''
'It is exciting to see this park available to the residents of this community,' said Council Member Redman. 'It will be a great place for people to gather and share great experiences. We want this park to be among the best in the city.'
Located on the Southside, Beach and Peach Urban Park was purchased in September 2002 for $1.4 million by the City of Jacksonville with the help of a FCT grant in the amount of $585,193.
Pursuant to the grant award agreement, the city will provide a canoe launch, wildlife observation areas, a fishing pier, a BMX bike trail and an exercise trail on the site. These amenities will be added in future phases.