Public Spaces

Timucuan Preserve and UNF recognized for Public Archaeology Program


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The National Park Service, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and the University of North Florida, Department of Anthropology were honored by the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission (JHPC) for their cooperative Public Archaeology program hosted in the summer of 2011. As a part of National Preservation Month celebrations, the annual JHPC awards recognize efforts in historic preservation and cultural resource management that promote the history of Jacksonville, Florida.

Council Passes Bill to Monitor Big Spending, Considers Library Cuts

Council Passes Bill to Monitor Big Spending, Considers Library Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There was a swath of red in council chambers Tuesday night, worn in protest to the proposed deep cuts to library funding.
The city's Finance Committee recommended reducing the library's $39 million dollar by about $3.5 million.
Library staffers, volunteers and patrons said the resulting cuts in services would reduce the quality of life in Jacksonville and remove a vital resource for job seekers.

"Our libraries are the place where anybody who does not have a computer at home, the libraries are the only place where there's free access to computers," said a member of the Friends of Murray Hill Library.

A final vote on the matter is expected later this month.

Anti-violence Program Offers At-Risk Youth and Families Safe Activities on Friday and Saturday Night


The City of Jacksonville’s Recreation and Community Services Department (JaxParks), in partnership with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, local media and nonprofit and community-based organizations, announces the return of JaxParks Summer Night Lights (JaxSNL). This is the second summer for the anti-violence program that targets at-risk youth. This year, JaxSNL will be offered in eight neighborhoods designated as high crime areas by The Jacksonville Journey.  The program will run eight consecutive Friday and Saturday nights, beginning June 24.

High Tides at Huguenot Memorial Park May Impact Weekend Access

Huguenot Memorial Park visitors are advised to call the park office at (905) 251-3335 or visit before visiting the park over the weekend to determine current tidal conditions expected during peak hours.

JaxParks Summer Camp Lineup

The City of Jacksonville Recreation and Community Programming Division (JaxParks) summer camp program registration period will open Tuesday, May 17.  Registration for all camps will be conducted online only unless indicated otherwise. It will remain open until all seats are filled.  Free public online access is available at all Jacksonville Public Libraries.

Jacksonville Special Events July 2011

Freedom, Fanfare & Fireworks

July 4

Independence Day celebration, festivities include a majestic fireworks show over the St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville and other special engagements. 


Jacksonville Special Events June 2011

Moonlight Movies

June 3 and 10

A classic movie is shown outdoors under the stars in Jacksonville Beach.  Visitors bring picnic blankets and baskets, lawn chairs and pets to really make an evening out of it.  Vendors set up to sell food and beverages, as well as there is a kids’ entertainment zone for families.  Event is free.  Screenings begin at 9 p.m.