Friends of Hemming Park

  Monday on “First Coast Connect” guest host Ryan Benk spoke with Friends of Hemming Park interim director Bill Prescott, Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails co-owner Jen Earnest and Wolf and Cub Boutique co-owner Emily Moody about the future of Hemming Park. Local musician Desean Kirkland performed live in studio and Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news. 


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Jacksonville City Council members met Wednesday to discuss ways to cut down on rule-breaking in the park outside of Jacksonville’s City Hall.

The council is proposing to extend the boundary of Hemming Park’s rules to the surrounding streets. The council is especially concerned with disturbing the peace, patrons not wearing appropriate clothing, panhandling and sleeping in the park.

Under the new plan, rules violators would have to move to sidewalks across from the park or risk a trespassing violation.

Lindsey Kilbride

Managers of Jacksonville’s Hemming Park are looking to add new rules — like prohibiting personal grooming in the park — while trying to better enforce existing ones.

Friends of Hemming Park representatives met with members of the Jacksonville City Council, park security and police officers at City Hall Wednesday.


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The Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee approved just under $58,000 Wednesday to fund Hemming Park through the rest of the fiscal year.

The park’s leadership, Friends of Hemming Park, has been under scrutiny for how it spent a million city dollars over the last year.


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As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT intern Sarah De Nicolais be your guide for art, culture and fun on the First Coast.

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Live Afternoon Music Returns To Hemming Park

Aug 8, 2016
Sarah De Nicolais

The sound from John Citrone's acoustic guitar filled the air Monday afternoon at Hemming Park. Lunchtime live tunes recently stopped in downtown’s central park due to budget restraints, but a local business will now sponsor performances twice a week.

Hemming Park

Friends of Hemming Park, the organization in charge of running downtown Jacksonville's central park, recently stopped live music in during the park's weekday lunch hours due to budget constraints and feedback from City Council that city dollars should not be spent on programming or events. 

That announcement came on the heels of city government  concerns over a recent audit and a general reduction of funding for the group.

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Friends of Hemming Park CEO Vince Cavin has resigned as head of the nonprofit.

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Funding for Jacksonville’s Hemming Park is up in the air after its management almost ran out of money a couple months ago.

The city’s Finance Committee heard an auditor’s report Wednesday about how the park uses taxpayer dollars.


Friends of Hemming Park

Food trucks will be cooking up authentic Asian dishes Saturday in Jacksonville’s Hemming Park at the second annual Asian Food Festival.

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Funding for Jacksonville’s Hemming Park is up in the air.

The Jacksonville City Council approved $100,000 on Tuesday to park operators Friends of Hemming Park to cover operation costs through the next couple months.

Hemming Park

Friends of Hemming Park, the group in charge of running the downtown park, said this week that it needs $250,000 from City Hall or it will have to cease operations.

This puts the group’s long-term vision for beautifying and programming the downtown space in doubt.

Vince Cavin, CEO of Friends of Hemming Park, joins us to discuss their future.

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In Hemming Park on Wednesday, some people were playing chess while others in suits walked to and from City Hall. And 62 feet above the park’s fountain stands a bronze Confederate soldier monument, one of the few pieces of Jacksonville that survived the Great Fire of 1901.


Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign a water policy bill Thursday, despite veto pleas from some environmentalists and former governor Bob Graham.

SB 552 is a priority of Speaker Steve Crisafulli, and was one of the first bills the Legislature passed this session. It changes water policy across Florida, from springs to water supply.

In addition to Graham, a coalition of 106 environmental and civic groups delivered a letter to the Legislature asking for significant changes to the bill. One of the groups opposing the measure is the Jacksonville-based St. Johns Riverkeeper.

We speak with St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman about the bill and her group's efforts to raise awareness about the river.


Friends of Hemming Park via Facebook

Jacksonville officials are asking the operators of Hemming Park what kind of commitment the city must make to keep the park’s revitalization effort going.


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