Groundwork Jacksonville

A restored tabby slave cabin at the Kingsley Plantation.
The National Park Service

The Timucuan Parks Foundation has been awarded a $10,000 grant for programming that highlights the historic and continued role slavery plays in the U.S.

Groundwork Jacksonville

An ambitious plan to link Jacksonville’s urban core neighborhoods in a pedestrian and bicycle friendly way is moving forward.

Groundwork Jacksonville volunteers from FSCJ working on a spice garden on the S-Line.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Groundwork Jacksonville is getting a $30,000 grant to build the first segment of the Emerald Trail, a planned 30-mile urban trail system around Downtown Jacksonville.

McCoys Creek flows into the St. Johns River from underneath the Morris Publishing Group property.
Modern Cities

A local environmental trust has been awarded a more than $350,000 grant to help clean up and restore McCoys Creek.

The area near the Times-Union building on Riverside Avenue may be undergoing some big changes in the next few years as the nonprofit Groundwork Jacksonville plans a major overhaul of McCoys Creek.

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with JEA employee unions leaders Randy Hilton, President of the local Professional Employees Association and Valerie Gutierrez, President of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2358 about their opposition to a possible sale of the utility (01:01).  

In our latest Going Green segment we spoke with Groundwork Jacksonville CEO Kay Ehas about the proposed Emerald Necklace (29:58).

Donna Fenchel, the owner of several local Orangetheory Fitness franchises and Flagler College’s Leslie Gordon talked to us about an upcoming fundraiser for Volunteers in Medicine (38:30).

We heard about how the Jacksonville Public Library is commemorating National Library Week from Assistant Director of Community Relations Chris Boivin (46:00).        

Monday’s “First Coast Connect” examined a Tampa Bay Times story that states Jacksonville could experience severe flooding if it takes a direct hit from even a weak hurricane. Corey Johnson of the Tampa Bay Times, Nate Monroe from The Florida Times-Union and WJCT’s Ryan Benk (01:07) joined in on the discussion.   

We spoke with the new CEO of Groundwork Jacksonville, Kay Ehas (37:08).  

Cole Pepper brought us the local sports news, including the Jaguars big win in Pittsburgh (44:01).

Jacksonville’s Eastside is about to host its first public market, thanks to a partnership with the nonprofit Groundwork Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Public Market will be located on A. Philip Randolph Boulevard. Its goal, according to its website, is to connect food, culture and people.

Saying “retreat is better than defeat,” the most prominent supporter of expanding equal protections to this city’s LGBT community withdrew his bill on the topic last week.

Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri says he wants a chance to work further with city attorneys to clarify exemptions, focus on the business side of the bill and continue to educate the public about the matter.

Hazouri joins us to discuss this.

The Florida House voted down an expansion of Medicaid on Friday. Lawmakers were called back into special session this month to try to come to an agreement on health care spending. The Florida Coastal School of Law’s Disability and Public Benefits Clinic has several clients affected by the “no” vote on Medicaid expansion. We speak with Clinic director Sarah Sullivan and law student Jenny Rose.

Mary McIntyre / WJCT News

Groundwork Jacksonville held a two-day session this week to discuss the proposed S-Line Rail Trail between historic Springfield and Jacksonville’s Eastside.

The S-Line is an abandoned stretch of railroad 4.8 miles long.

The American Society of Landscape Architects partnered with Groundwork Jacksonville for the session to help shape its vision for the trail.

Plans include converting it into a path for walking, biking and other recreation. The S-Line Rail Trail will connect to the Hogans Creek Greenway.

Shannon LeDuke / WJCT

The organization Groundwork Jacksonville has recently launched with the mission of improving communities. The group plans to do everything from cleaning up blighted areas and brownfields to restoring Hogans and Deer Creeks, two important tributaries to the St. Johns River. We speak with Groundwork CEO Dawn Emerick, program coordinator Alyssa Bourgoyne, and Dave Roman with the City of Jacksonville.

iStart Jax president and CEO Yash Nath joins us to discuss this week's Startup Weekend for entrepeneurs to connect with coaches, CEO’s and other experts to help grow their idea.

Jacksonville becomes new Groundwork USA Trust

Nov 19, 2014
Annie Black

Mayor Alvin Brown announced Wednesday at Confederate Park that Jacksonville is the newest member of Groundwork USA, a national organization that helps revamp natural environments, neighborhoods and parks in urban areas.

There are currently 20 other Groundwork Trusts. Mayor Brown said that Jacksonville was the first of three new Trusts chosen last year. 

Patrick Donges / WJCT

A Jacksonville nonprofit set to start operations by the end of this summer has their sights set on the environmental remediation of Hogan's Creek.