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One Spark Announces Improvements To App, Transportation, Parking

Peter Haden

One Spark and Jacksonville city officials announced details of the third annual One Spark festival. "The World's Largest Crowd Funding Festival" runs next Tuesday through Sunday. 

This year’s One Spark will showcase 555 projects in 71 venues across Downtown Jacksonville. One Spark CEO Elton Rivas says visitors can plan their experience now by downloading the smartphone app available on iPhone and Android

Rivas says the app has been improved since last year, incorporating suggestions from creators and attendees to improve the experience using the app.

"We worked hard as a team to make the improvements for a simple, straightforward and easy-to-use app that will complement the in-person experience with creators," Rivas said.

"It’s once again time to celebrate arts, culture and entrepreneurship for six full days in Jacksonville’s urban core," Rivas said.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Assistant Chief Leonard Propper admits closing 20 blocks of downtown will create some traffic congestion, but adds: "The solution to the congestion is patience."

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is providing free skyway rides and more bus routes for easier access to the festival. The Downtown Investment Authority will sponsor the One Spark Closing Ceremony on Sunday.

A University of North Florida study of last year’s One Spark showed a $1.8 million boost to the local economy.

One Spark has also created a guide for parking and transportation during the festival on its website at

Peter Haden is an award-winning investigative reporter and photographer currently working with The Center for Investigative Reporting. His stories are featured in media outlets around the world including NPR, CNN en Español, ECTV Ukraine, USA Today, Qatar Gulf Times, and the Malaysia Star.