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Lobster Bake This Weekend To Benefit Upkeep Of Memorial Park

Memorial Park statue
Ashton Elder

The city of Jacksonville funds some maintenance for Riverside’s Memorial Park, but the nonprofit Memorial Park Association fills a large gap.

This weekend, the group is holding its annual lobster bake fundraiser, “Claws for a Cause,” to support its efforts.

Memorial Park Association President Agnes Danciger says “Claws For A Cause” will be hosted by Cool Moose Cafe on Saturday.

All money raised will go to keep up the riverfront park up the road from the cafe.

“We spend approximately $20,000 for maintenance in the park over and above with what the city can do,” she says.

The Memorial Park Association aims to eventually restore the park to its 1920s glory, she says.

Tickets for the lobster bake are $65 per person.

Beatrice Sanchez is a senior at the University of North Florida. She will graduate this year with a bachelor's degree in communication with a concentration on media production. Originally from Manila, Philippines, she moved to Jacksonville four years ago to finish school. She spends most of her time at school or work, and if she ever does get free time, she enjoys watching re-runs of "Grey's Anatomy" or taking pictures of surfers out at the beach.