Spring has arrived and time is finally on our side. With this extra stretch of daylight, why not take a few moments to enjoy the parks located within our community? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites in hopes you and your family will enjoy them as well.
Parks in Jacksonville Beach:
Gonzales Park in Jacksonville Beach
Located at the corner of 2nd Avenue North and 10th Street North, Gonzales Park offers plenty of space to run with your little ones. With two baseball fields, a basketball court, and updated play equipment, you and your family can enjoy hours of fun.
Huguenot Park in Jacksonville Beach
Any tennis enthusiast knows; Huguenot Park is the place to be. At the tennis center of Huguenot, you can join the league of talented players, rent a court by the hour for leisure, or sign up for lessons. Tennis not for you? No worries. Here, you’ll also find basketball courts, a playground, or you can head over to the three acre stocked lake to enjoy your afternoon.
Sunshine Park in Jacksonville Beach
Take a drive to the corner of Osceola Avenue and South Beach Parkway to discover the newest park in our beautiful town. Sunshine Park boasts loads of amenities to keep you busy. The large fenced in play area is a fortress waiting to be scaled by the most avid explorer. And, don’t worry if your little one is still learning the ropes. There’s a special section of the play area dedicated to smaller children. Sunshine Park also offers tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts as well as a seasonal splash pad. But, perhaps the most talked about section of this park is the newly opened skate park. Sunshine Park is open from 8am to 5pm daily. Don’t forget your helmet!
Parks in Atlantic Beach:
Bull Memorial Park in Atlantic Beach
Tucked away at the corner of 7th Street and East Coast Drive, Bull Memorial Park certainly has a lot to offer. Keep everyone active on the tennis, basketball, or even tetherball courts. Climb on the play area or kick the ball around on the large open field. Bull Memorial Park is also home to The Adele Grage Cultural Center. The theater inside the center is home of the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theater. You can see the talent of the members and students of ABET as they perform shows from September to May.
Donner Park in Atlantic Beach
Home to many of Atlantic Beach city activities such as the Fall festival, Holiday Toy Party, and more, Donner Park is certainly a place to visit. This park offers over five acres of land including a softball field, basketball court, and kids play area. And, there’s plenty of shade here to shield you and your littles from the warm sun.
Jack Russell Park in Atlantic Beach
Home to Atlantic Beach Athletic Association, Jack Russell Park boasts a host of amenities. Six tennis courts, two racquetball courts, as well as two large play areas call this park home. Hungry? No problem. On weekends during baseball season, you’ll find the concession stand open to all. While you’re there, swing in and cheer at either of the two baseball or soccer fields. With over twelve acres of recreational space, including a skate park, it’s no wonder this is the crowning jewel of Atlantic Beach parks.
Parks in Neptune Beach:
Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach
Jarboe Park is located in the heart of quiet Neptune Beach. While not much shade can be found, the park does offer a play area, large fields, basketball and tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, and a walking path with exercise stations. Not only is Jarboe Park home to the Pickleball by the Sea Club, every Saturday between 2-5pm, you can check out the fresh farm offerings from the Beaches Green Market.
Parks in Ponte Vedra Beach:
Deleon Shores Park in Ponte Vedra Beach
The neighborhood park in Deleon Shores is not only dog friendly, but it offers a wide range of activities for the two legged members as well. The park also features a skate area, basketball court, and playground.
Davis Park in Ponte Vedra Beach
With six baseball fields, four soccer and softball fields, as well as three football fields, it’s safe to say Davis Park is where ALL the action is. Not only is this park home to many sporting events, it also features several other amenities. Three different stocked fishing ponds may be found throughout Davis Park where children twelve and under are encouraged to practice catch and release. Your four legged babies can certainly join the fun at either of the two fenced in dog areas within the park. Want to climb? No problem. The children’s play area inside the park is updated and loads of fun. And, with clean bathrooms scattered all over the park, you can certainly spend the entire day in the fresh Florida air.
Parks in Mayport:
Hanna Park in Mayport
Hanna Park has a little bit of everything to offer visitors. You can walk along miles of beach, play on their recently remodeled playground (complete with kid friendly zip line), keep cool in the splash pad or explore the hiking and biking trails. Admission is $5 per car, but is well worth the price.
Sunshine, Fresh Air, and Fun:
While this list does not encompass ALL the parks in our area, it does show the variety of activities you and your family can enjoy no matter what area of the community you live. So get out there and have some fun. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen! Enjoy!
Melissa Folette is a Jacksonville Beach native with strong ties to the community. Her family business, Cinotti’s Bakery, has been a staple at the beach since the early 60’s. When she’s not whipping up cakes or hauling children around town, Melissa can be found reading a romance novel or writing her next children’s book. You can find more about Melissa and her many writing rants on her website, Melissafolette.com.