Open house on future of Metropolitan Park is June 25

Citizen input will be sought for “one of our city’s most cherished public spaces.”

Metropolitan Park along the Northbank Riverwalk south of EverBank Stadium.
Metropolitan Park along the Northbank Riverwalk south of EverBank Stadium.
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An open house on the future of Metropolitan Park is scheduled for 3-7 p.m. June 25 at the Main Library in Downtown Jacksonville.

Metropolitan Park is at 4110 Gator Bowl Blvd. south of EverBank Stadium along the St. Johns River. It is east of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences now under construction.

At the event, “citizens can come together, attend conceptual design presentations, and contribute to the future of one of our city’s most cherished public spaces,” the city said in a news release June 21.

The release said the public will be able to meet with the park’s design team “to learn about how the designs were determined, and to contribute your vision to the project. ”

“Your insights and aspirations for Metropolitan Park will directly influence the design and programming of the revitalization effort. This is a reimagining of what our communal spaces can be, with sustainability, inclusivity and community needs at the forefront,” the release said.

The city Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department hired Denver-based landscape architecture and urban design firm Civitas to redesign Metropolitan Park.

The groundbreaking for the 18.25-acre park was in 1982, according to the city’s website. For many years it was the venue for the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. It provided a stage for this year’s festival over Memorial Day Weekend along with the nearby Daily’s Place.

The meeting is at the Main Library Lounge at 303 N. Laura St. Those attending should enter via the Pajcic Promenade, the release said.

It is the second open house on the park’s future. The previous one was in April.



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