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Memorial Park Association Launches $20,000 Restoration Challenge


Memorial Park Association Launches $20,000 Restoration Challenge

Delores Barr Weaver Fund to award matching grant upon completion

Jacksonville, Fla. — June 5, 2015 — The Memorial Park Association has launched a $20,000 community fundraising campaign to support restoration projects throughout the park. The association will receive a $20,000 Matching Restoration Challenge Grant from the Delores Barr Weaver Fund, upon completion of this fundraising goal.

Agnes Danciger, president of the Memorial Park Association, said she is excited to launch the fundraising campaign this weekend during the City of Jacksonville’s sponsored, “P1 Powerboat Grand Prix of the Sea,” event.  “It will give us an opportunity to share our restoration plans with a number of people who may not regularly visit the park,” she said. “We hope they realize that Memorial Park is a great asset to all of Jacksonville and choose to support us in some small way.”

All funds from this campaign will support restoration of the park’s facilities, including the entry gate and the fencing along Riverside Avenue. Community contributions may be made at

“Memorial Park is a true gem in our midst and is important to so many who enjoy its beauty, history and serenity,” said Delores Barr Weaver.  “It’s a cornerstone of the Riverside community and a highlight for all Jacksonville, and it deserves everyone’s support so that it can continue to enhance the quality of life for generations.”

“A landmark for Jacksonville since 1924, this beautiful park offers a much loved place for relaxation and informal recreation,” Danciger said. “However, it does show the inevitable signs of wear and tear. So we are very grateful to the Delores Barr Weaver Fund for making it possible to double each dollar we are able to raise to restore the park’s luster. These restoration projects align with the Master Plan that was adopted by the Board of the Memorial Park Association in 2013.”

The Delores Barr Weaver Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida was established in 2012 with a $50 million gift. It remains the largest gift in the Foundation’s 51-year history.