Photo courtesy of Mark Krancer

Summer 2022 Newsletter

Navy Band Southeast returns to Memorial Park for Memorial Day concert

Two years after the COVID pandemic shut down public gatherings, the ever-popular Memorial Day Concert was back! The Navy Band Southeast and the River City Brass returned on Monday, May 30, to wow the hundreds who gathered on lawn chairs and blankets to picnic and listen to a medley of stirring songs.
Left, Memorial Park Association Board Members Kelly Wood, Sunny Gettinger, Patrick Emmet and Brandi Mathews.

Presented by VyStar Credit Union, in collaboration with the City of Jacksonville, hosted by Memorial Park Association and coordinated by its Special Events Committee, the concert was a big hit!

(Photo by Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo)

Pardon Our Dust!

As part of the Memorial Park Master Plan to restore the City of Jacksonville’s most beloved park (yes, we’re a bit biased!), the esplanade refurbishment project is underway. The plan includes a new wax polymer/decomposed granite finish surface and a new elevated walkway to 

eliminate curbs and connect the oval lawn to the fountain plaza. Additionally, a new precast concrete balustrade with urns will be installed adjacent to the two eagle sculptures and lampposts will be re-installed in their original Olmsted Brothers plan locations. The marble benches will be re-installed at the end of the project, scheduled for late summer/early fall. Many thanks to Precast & Restoration Services, CMS Group, Kafka Granite, and Miller Electric, and to the City of Jacksonville for helping to beautifully restore the only World War I Memorial in the State of Florida.

We love our volunteers!

Employees from Medtronic joined the Memorial Park Association Landscape & Grounds Committee on Sunday, July 10 to fertilize plants in Memorial Park. Thank you!

Want to volunteer? Click here to be added to our list.

Life Scrolls exhibit heads to JIA Sky Gallery

The next time you visit the Jacksonville International Airport, allow 10 minutes or so to visit the Sky Gallery and see the Life Scrolls exhibit.

Thanks to our creative partner, Wingard, and the Jacksonville Airport Authority Arts & Culture Program, this stirring tribute to the Florida Fallen shares the stories of those who gave all during The Great War.
We appreciate the generous donors who underwrote the Life Scrolls exhibit at MOSH and at the airport!
PLATINUM William J. Hicklin, Jr. Fund
GOLD BDO, Wingard
BRONZE VyStar Credit Union, Preston and Joan Haskell, YMCA of Florida’s First Coast, and the Jacksonville Historical Society
SUPPORTERS Agnes Danciger, Patrick and Liza Emmet, Spencer and Michele Luthin, Ann Mackey, Lynn and Mary Jarrett, Tony and Laurie Jarvis, Percy and Susan Rosenbloom, Timothy and Melissa Tyler, Billy and Kelly Varn, Dr. Warner and Sherrie Webb, and the Rotary Club of Jacksonville
IN-KIND Atlantic Imaging, Biscottis/bb’s, Bold City Brewery, Harbinger, Kram Kran Photo, Riverside Liquors, the Museum of Science & History, and The Resident Community News Group



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

Haskell, Wingard

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 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 ››