GroundWork Jax

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.

The Jaxson

Getting There In Jacksonville was WJCT’s second ever Jaxson event, cohosted with Modern Cities. The transportation panel discussion was last Thursday here at our studios.

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.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s parks are in need of improvement, according to the annual survey by The Trust for Public Land. Jacksonville’s ranked among the 10 worst park systems in the nation.

Jacksonville came in 68th out of 75 cities in the survey.

Abby Martin, research coordinator for The Trust for Public Land, says some factors contributing to its low rankings are lack of resources like basketball hoops and dog parks. But the main factor is access.