Photo Gallery | A Walk in Riverside's Memorial Park

Just at the curve of Riverside Avenue before you arrive at Margaret Street, Memorial Park lies nestled between Riverside Avenue and the St. Johns River.  In 1918, the Jacksonville Rotary Club proposed the idea for a park in the quaint neighborhood to honor the 1200 Floridians who perirshed in World War I.  As a result of that proposal, the city of Jacksonville purchased the property in 1919. 

Multiple civic groups worked diligently with the planning of the park and the raising of funds.  The park was dedicated on Christmas Day in 1924.  It did not take long for the park to become the true focal point of the Riverside neighborhood.  Overlooking the park and drawing crowds to the park is the bronze sculpture LIFE.  In 1997, a tornado whipped through the neighborhood and destroyed many of the older oak trees.  Now, civic groups donate their time to restore and preserve the historic landmark.

Residents of Jacksonville and its surrounding communites have enjoyed this park for many years.  “Chum,” the Mascot for the Jacksonville Sharks (Arena Football), took his scooter to the park on February 7, 2012.  If you decide to take a picnic to the park, just walk up Margaret Street where you will find the neighborhood’s Subway and ask for Lauren, the Manager.  Tell them Miller on Sports sent you.            

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