Public Spaces

Jacksonville Area Florida Department of Transportation Lane Closings

October 23 through October 29

I-10/I-95 interchange reconstruction project

Lanes and ramps will be closed nightly at various locations within the project limits from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Monday, October 25 through Friday, October 29.  Detour signs will be posted. The anticipated completion time for all work on this project is late 2010.

Jax India Fest on October 16, 2010 from 3PM to 11PM at the Metropolitan Park

Jax India Fest 2010 is being organized by the Hindu Society of North East Florida along with various Indian organizations of Jacksonville.  Jax India Fest 2010 is on October 16, 2010 from 3PM to 11PM at the Metropolitan Park.  Admission is free and it is open to all. 

Jax India Fest 2010 promises to be a fun filled event.  The event will have fifty-plus booths from a variety of regional Indian organizations and businesses that cater to the local population.  The booths will feature authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dresses, traditional Indian jewelry, and Indian art.  In addition, traditional Indian folk and classical dances will be performed.  The event will culminate in Navratri celebrations, which will include Garba Ras and Dandia-very popular traditional dance in which everyone participates.

Mandarin Park and Boat Ramp Closed Temporarily for Improvements

Mandarin Park and Boat Ramp will be closed to the public beginning Monday, Oct. 4 through the end of the year while the city makes improvements to the park and boat ramp.

Improvements include new ADA-compliant play equipment, new signage throughout the park as well as resurfacing and expanding the parking lot to add additional spaces. The park is expected to re-open early 2011.
 
During the closure, residents are encouraged to utilize other area parks and boat ramps which include:

(Parks)

  • Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road
  • Chuck Rogers Park, 1950 San Jose Blvd.
  • Alberts Field, 2073 Brady Road
  • Losco Regional Park, 10931 Hood Road
  • Julington Durbin Creek Preserve, 3130 Bartram Park Blvd.

 

(Boat Ramps)

New Blood Perks Up Florida Panther Population

USA Today - By the early 1990s there were only 20 to 25 Florida panthers left out of what was once a large and thriving population – and those that remained were sickly and inbred, destined for extinction within 20 years, experts estimated. So in 1995 conservation managers moved eight wild-caught female pumas from Texas to the area – a reintroduction so successful that between 1995 and 2008 a total of 424 panther births have been documented.