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World of Nations Celebration Moving From Metropolitan Park

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Jacksonville Daily Record
The field where the former city hall annex was demolished is being marketed as the Ford on Bay.

The annual World of Nations Celebration is moving from its 28-year home at Metropolitan Park to The Ford on Bay site Downtown.

The city Sports and Entertainment Office said the Feb. 29 to March 1 celebration of global cultural diversity is moving because of the demolition of the Hart Bridge ramps.

The Ford on Bay is the former Duval County Courthouse and City Hall site at 220 and 230 E. Bay St. The buildings were demolished in 2019, leaving a 5.28-acre lawn.

“We like a challenge, obviously. While it will be different than in years past, I think people are going to really enjoy the space,” said Ryan Ali, Sports and Entertainment Office chief.  “I think the space will lend itself to a better walkable experience overall.”

Metropolitan Park, next to the Shipyards property and across Gator Bowl Boulevard from Lot J at TIAA Bank Field, soon will be a construction zone.

Read the rest of this story from WJCT News partner the Jax Daily Record here.