Metropolitan Park

     
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metropolitan park marina with lots of boats docked

Available 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

About Metropolitan Park

Metropolitan Park is an 18.25 acre, urban waterfront, multi-purpose, family orientated park that is located on what used to be an urban landfill, supported by a concrete bulkhead. The land was purchased by the Department of Housing and Urban Development for $1,005,000 in May 1972. The beginning of the park started in 1982, with the first groundbreaking. The cost of the project was $3.1 million dollars. The ground breaking was delivered by then Mayor, Jake M. Godbold and then Governor, Bob Graham, on December 8, 1982. The project was underwritten by the City of Jacksonville, U.S. Department of the Interior, State of Florida Department of Natural Resources, and the television station WJCT - TV (local public broadcasting system). The entire park project was planned to be completed in different phases. The first phase included an exhibition mall for arts and crafts shows, a family picnic area, playground areas, and the focal point of the park was a Performance Pavilion. The park was planned to be a multi-purpose park for family enjoyment that included performances, concerts, plays, talent shows, and other group gatherings. On May 10, 1990, there was another ground breaking for the new entrance to Metropolitan Park. Mayor Tommy Hazouri presided over this event. At that time, the park underwent a $1,079,000 construction project that included paved walkways, lighting, landscaping, parking, and playground areas. Metropolitan Park was the winner of the 1986 Governor's Design Award. The Florida National Pavilion, located in Metropolitan Park, was the home for the Jacksonville Music Festival and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Additional features:
Amenity Count
Benches 136
Bike racks 12
Boat docks 78
Drinking Fountain  
Grills 15
Pedestrian Docks 1
Perimeter Site Fencing  
Picnic shelters 6
Picnic Tables 43
Playground Equipment 1
Restrooms 3
Security Lighting  
Trash Barrels 45