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Hemming Park To Receive $100,000 Grant From Southwest Airlines

Peter Haden

A major U.S. airline is giving $100,000 to promote a public space in downtown Jacksonville.

Southwest Airlines chose Hemming Park as one of six public spaces nationwide to receive the grant as part of the 2015 Heart of the Community Program — a partnership between the airline and the Project for Public Spaces.

Hemming Park director Vince Cavin says he’ll seek input from the public on how to use the money.

“We’ll come together with all these ideas and figure out which are the best to execute,” Cavin said. “It could be a combination of events and programming ideas or building out different amenities in the park, but we’re not sure what that looks like yet.”

Hemming Park was selected from potential projects in dozens of cities that Southwest Airlines serves as a flight destination.

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.