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Eleven national parks in Florida, including several on the First Coast, are threatened by White House proposals to open to oil drilling currently protected parts of the nation’s outer continental shelf and to revise the 2016 Well Control Rule, according to a report released Wednesday by environmental conservation groups.

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Jacksonville boasts that it has one of the largest and unique park systems in the nation with more than 400 parks and recreational sites but the Trust for Public Land found the city lagging behind the park systems of 84 other U.S. cities.

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A city council subcommittee is looking at ways to beef up security in Jacksonville’s public parks. It’s a branch of a larger committee that’s been meeting since August about a variety of issues surrounding the city’s parks.

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After two recent deaths in Jacksonville parks, the question of their safety has been brought to the forefront. That topic came up at a city council parks committee meeting Wednesday morning.

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Jacksonville City Councilman Reggie Brown says he wants the city to consider full-time staffing at more parks to increase safety and  help parents feel more comfortable sending their kids to them.

“Not all parks, but some of our high-use parks have a full-time staff there. That’s something that I’d definitely like to explore,” said Brown, who wants to expand that to other parks.

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Jacksonville city parks could soon be hosting more events and getting some upgrades under a National Park Service partnership unveiled Thursday.

Jacksonville is one of 10 cities selected for the Park Service’s Urban Agenda Initiative.

It’s a list that includes New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston and Philadelphia.

"And I love it that we beat Chicago," Mayor Alvin Brown joked. "That’s what I love.”

Brown announced Jacksonville’s selection as an Urban Agenda Model City at downtown’s Confederate Park.

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A public-private partnership has been formed to to revitalize Hemming Plaza in downtown Jacksonville.

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A fascinating new film celebrating the transformation of an abandoned railway on New York’s West Side into a stunning public park is coming to Jacksonville.

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National conservation officials say Jacksonville is notable for it's abundance of public lands, but that the quantity and quality of parks could be improved.

From today's Morning Edition, an audio postcard from Florida's Ichetucknee Springs State Park, a popular destination for vacationers.

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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.

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Several Jacksonville organizations are collaborating to clean and beautify the city's downtown in preparation of the One Spark festival, including Hemming Plaza.

Surplus State Park Land Sale Program 'A Disaster'

Jan 13, 2014
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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — A legislatively approved initiative to sell surplus park lands to raise money to buy more environmentally sensitive sites has been a "disaster," according to Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater.

The Department of Environmental Protection effort was created with the intent of generating $50 million, but so far no money has been raised and what has become a shortened list continues to draw criticism for sites remaining under consideration.


Slides, seesaws, and water sprayers were all on the agenda at a meeting Tuesday afternoon of city "play experts" at the Lenox Court housing complex.

Those are some of the features that local children are asking to be included at a unique new multi-generational playground being planned for the Oakland Terrace housing complex.

The chair of a Jacksonville City Council subcommittee key to setting the annual budget said legislators are looking to add projects to the city’s Capital Improvement Program.

The CIP covers maintenance, like funding for road repairs and resurfacing, major purchases like new fire engines, and replacing park equipment. 

Council Member Richard Clark is chair of the City Council Finance Committee CIP Subcommittee, which is reviewing the proposed CIP budget.