Happy Birthday, Frederick Law Olmsted!
2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, social reformer and founder of American landscape architecture. Olmsted’s sons, John Charles Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., were responsible for the design and landscaping of Memorial Park after Ninah Cummer invited the Olmsted Brothers to have a representative come to Jacksonville to discuss the park 100 years ago in 1922.
The National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP), of which Memorial Park Association is a member, has created a website, olmsted200.org, to acknowledge and celebrate Olmsted’s birth. The year-long celebration includes an invitation to the public to share their Olmsted story and Memorial Park Association is pleased to share the story submitted by Mark Krancer, owner of Kram Kran Photo, and ardent park supporter since 2014. Mark’s love of the park has produced hundreds of spectacular images, including the one shown above, shot from a small aircraft on January 29, 2022.
Click here to read Mark’s story.
The Life Scrolls on Display
Don’t forget to visit the Life Scrolls exhibit at the Museum of Science & History! The exhibit closes there March 20, and will re-open in the Sky Gallery at Jacksonville International Airport July1.
In the meantime, the exhibit received some nice press from local media:
Arbus (click here to view)
The Resident Community News (click here to view)
Liberty Life Media (click here to view)
Students visiting the exhibit will receive a coloring page specially created for the exhibit in partnership with colorjax.com. The Jacksonville-focused coloring book is curated by Anna Claire Hodges and drawn by artist Jen Jedlicka. You can purchase your copy of the coloring book by visiting colorjax.com. We are thankful for this partnership!
Join Us for a Planting Event in Memorial Park
The Memorial Park Association Landscape & Grounds Committee will hold a planting event under the guidance of Master Gardeners.
Join us Saturday, March 26, 9 a.m. until noon to plant approximately 200 Distyllium ‘Vintage Jade” plants. Please bring gardening gloves and small gardening tools, such as hand rakes, hand shovels.
Please send an email to email@example.com to let us know if you will help!
Projects Continue in the Park
Contractors for the City of Jacksonville are currently repointing the steps around the pool of Life sculpture. This work should be completed in about a week.
Construction will soon begin on one of the largest hardscape projects to be undertaken in the park. Proceeding according to the 2013 Master Plan with funds raised through the Spirit of Victory Campaign, design documents have been finalized for the reconstruction and refurbishment along the Esplanade. This will serve as a beautiful complement to the new balustrade along the river’s edge.
Adopt The Park Sponsors
Adopt-the-Park sponsor grants help maintain the park for all to enjoy! When you have an opportunity to visit these businesses, please thank them for their support.
C.A. Pillars Society Sponsor
Promenade Level Sponsors
Cool Moose Café, Duval Motor Company, First Horizon Foundation, Riverside Liquors, VyStar Credit Union
Mr. Dawson Society Sponsors
BDO, Black Sheep Restaurant Group, Harbinger Signs, SaniGLAZE
Esplanade Level Sponsors
River & Post, The UPS Store
Want to be a sponsor? Click here for details.
Volunteer With MPA
Are you interested in volunteering? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are interested and we will be in touch with you regarding opportunities.
Your Support Matters
Memorial Park Association’s mission is to preserve, enhance and promote Memorial Park as the premier historic city park in Jacksonville. Your donations fund special projects and supplement maintenance and operating costs that are not covered by the City of Jacksonville. Help us keep the park beautiful and preserve all that you enjoy. Donate here ››