Luminaria in Memorial Park, December 12
Join the fun and experience the beauty of Memorial Park at the holidays!
Volunteer to help make Memorial Park sparkle and shine on Sunday, December 12, for the annual Luminaria event sponsored by Riverside Avondale Preservation. Help assemble, place and light 600 luminaria bags, starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. If you can help, click the link below or just show up at 2 p.m. — we will meet in front of Life.
Photo by Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo for Memorial Park Association.
Life Scrolls Exhibit at MOSH
When Memorial Park Association disinterred the Life Scrolls in 2018 for the purposes of knowing the names of the Florida Fallen, it was also with the hope of learning more about the men and women who served and lost their lives during World War I. Additionally, there was concern that the scrolls may have been damaged by Hurricane Irma. The scrolls were indeed waterlogged and, some thought, beyond salvage. Fortunately, the scrolls were mostly restored and are on display at a special exhibit from November 2021 to March 2022 at the Museum of Science & History. The exhibit — designed by Jacksonville creative agency Wingard — also includes World War I artifacts and memorabilia, as well as a video about the scrolls restoration process. Learn more here.
Thank you to the exhibit sponsors which include William J. Hicklin, Jr. Fund, BDO, Wingard, Preston and Joan Haskell, Jacksonville Historical Society, VyStar Credit Union and YMCA of Florida’s First Coast!
Despite July’s brutal heat, workers from Intron Technologies and the City of Jacksonville Parks & Recreation Department wrapped up the project to replace more than 600 feet of concrete balustrade. Lamp posts were added to the top of the railing, reminiscent of the original plan developed by the Olmsted Brothers in 1922. After the temporary barriers were removed on July 20, 2021, visitors posted their approval on Facebook:
“It was a long wait, but well worth it.” — Barbara L.
“Thank you for bringing it back better than ever.” — Elaine M.
“So happy to see it come together.” — John R.
Check out MPA’s new website!
Memorial Park Association is excited to announce the redesign of its website by Wingard, a Jacksonville creative agency. Browse the site and enjoy sections such as the history of Memorial Park, including a park timeline, the masterplan, and the Florida Fallen. You can also find out how to volunteer, donate or become an Adopt the Park sponsor!
In the news
Hurricane Irma devastated Jacksonville’s waterfront parks in 2017. Repairs are completed or underway at many. (July 21, 2021)
Scrolls once hidden underneath Memorial Park now on display after being unearthed in hurricane. (June 8, 2021)
More names added to Memorial Park Life Scrolls. (June 1, 2021)
More names of fallen WWI Jacksonville soldiers to be added to the Memorial Park Life Scrolls. (May 30, 2021)
Adopt the Park Sponsors
We’d like to thank our newest Adopt-the-Park sponsor — First Horizon Foundation! Their grant will help maintain the park for all to enjoy!
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 email@example.com 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 ››