Groundbreaking Begins Castaway Island Preserve Activity

March 04, 2003  

Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney, City Council President Jerry Holland and Preservation Project Oversight Committee Chair Mac Holley took part today in a groundbreaking ceremony for Castaway Island Preserve, a new 310-acre park off San Pablo Road, a half-mile north of Beach Blvd.

Once it is complete, Castaway Island Preserve will include a 145 square-foot pavilion overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, a 3,100 square-foot education building, hiking trails, a canoe launch and picnic areas. This is the only public access to the Intracoastal Waterway west of the waterway. Plans also call for 44 parking spaces.

'Since we kicked off the Preservation Project four years ago, our major emphasis has been on acquiring land,' said Mayor Delaney, noting that Jacksonville now has the largest urban park system in the United States with 73,000 acres of greenspace. 'Now we are concentrating on adding amenities to those properties that will make them great parks for everyone to enjoy.'

Decades ago, the property that will soon be Castaway Island Preserve was a mobile home park.

A substantial portion of the park is expected to be complete by Memorial Day, with the remainder, including the education building, expected to be complete in the fall. The $4.8 million project is funded through The Better Jacksonville Plan, the Preservation Project Jacksonville and the Florida Communities Trust.

For additional information, contact Sharon Ashton at (904) 630-7377.