July is National Outdoors Month! To the surprise of many, the Jacksonville’s Urban Core is no stranger to outdoor activities. In fact, looking pass the high-rise buildings and architectural gems, downtown Jacksonville is home to not only businessmen, businesswomen, hipsters and musicians; but also outdoor enthusiasts. Though Jacksonville is known for its vast landmass that accounts for the city’s hiking and bike trails, endless beaches and internal waterways perfect for water sports fanatics; little know about the outdoor activities that downtown has to offer. In appreciation of the city’s limitless possibilities, here’s a short list of year-long outdoor activities you’ll find in #DTJax.

Be a TreeHugger

If you’re looking for something unique and low-cost to do with friends and family, look no further than the Treaty Oak Park. Located on the Southbank of the St. Johns River, the 250 year-old tree is a popular spot for family gatherings, outdoor picnics and relaxation in general. In fact, growing up in Jacksonville, some of our locals no doubt have climbed up the branches at one point in their lives.

For the bravehearts, the “octopus-like” tree provides 145 feet of branches for climbing. And if you climb all the way to the tree’s crown, you’ll find a 25 foot nook – perfect for naps and summer reading. If you’re not up for the climb, no worries. Because of the massive size of the tree, it gives visitors roughly 190 feet of shade – a good spot to get out of the Florida heat!

Biking the Riverwalk

Experience the city on a bike. One of the most popular activities in downtown Jacksonville is biking along the St. Johns River. The Northbank Riverwalk is the perfect cycling route to enjoy both an urban scenery and the cool breeze from the river.

The Northbank is a wonderful 2 mile ride between the Jacksonville Landing and the Riverside Arts Market. You will even ride through the Love Locks Bridge – which not only connects the downtown district with Riverside, but also a known spot for couples to symbolize their ‘unbreakable’ love.

For those looking for a longer ride, plan your route with the DTJax Map. You can’t go wrong with the three bridge loop over the Main Street, Acosta and Fuller Warren Bridges!

Paddling Through #DTJax

For the water sports enthusiasts, urban kayaking is a great alternative to exploring the city. It is a unique way to experience both the urban scenery and one of Jacksonville’s natural beauties. The Jacksonville Kayak Company offers guided tours in Downtown Jacksonville, taking off from the River City Brewing Company Marina.

Imagine this: seeing new angles of the city as you paddle under three of Jacksonville’s 13+ bridges, being swept away by the natural pulse of the River City. Though this recreational activity is not for beginners, if you are up for an adventure do not hesitate to book a tour with Jacksonville Kayak Company.

“Run, Forest, Run!”

Aside from cycling, the most common outdoor workout in the downtown district is running. Covering roughly four square-miles, the urban core is a runner’s world. From the riverwalk to the bridges to the hills, a workout junkie can get their full load of cardio while taking in the urban scenery.

The USA Track & Field website offers an extensive list of running routes within the #DTJax boundary – including the Northbank River 5K. If you’re feeling adventurous and up for a challenge, try the Hart Bridge Loop 12K.

Urban Yoga

Looking to de-stress? In the past couple of years, yoga has played a major role in stress management. Stress and anxiety is alive even in Jacksonville where “It’s Easier Here”; which is why free yoga sessions are offered throughout the week.

Unity Plaza in Brooklyn, dubbed as Jacksonville’s “central park”, along with the Winston Family YMCA offers Tuesday and Thursday yoga sessions year-long. With the built-in waterfront and tiered seating, the Unity Plaza is the ideal central spot for sunset yoga.

Now for the early birds looking for a healthy morning start, go further into Riverside and you’ll find yourself in Corkscrew Park commonly known for the weekly Riverside Arts Market. However, little known fact, before the hustle and bustle of the market traffic hits; Hot Spot Yoga’s Namie Rohack leads morning yoga from 9 – 10 a.m. every Saturday.

These are just some of the outdoor activities in Downtown Jacksonville. Explore the city and discover more possibilities – they are endless! For more activities, visit our directory here.

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Hemming Park Quarterly Stakeholders Meeting

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friends of Hemming Park will be providing important updates on park plans, performance standards, financials and events for the remainder of the year. Please RSVP to social@hemmingpark.org.

 

When: Thursday, July 19 at 5-6:30 p.m.
Where: Friends of Hemming Park Office inside the Main Library.

 

Take a short survey prior to the meeting to let Friends of Hemming Park know how they are doing!
 

DIA Urban Arts Project Phase II “Meet the Artists”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and Downtown Investment Authority’s Urban Arts Project are holding a public meeting to talk about Phase II of the Art in Public Places project and are hoping to get your input on the identity and needs of the area. Have your voices heard! More information here.

 

When: Thursday, July 19 at 6 p.m.
Where: Jax Makerspace inside the Main Library.
 

Tell them what you want to see by taking this quick survey.
Public Meeting Emerald Necklace Trail Master Plan
 
 
 
 
 
 

Groundwork Jacksonville invites you to an exciting opportunity to get a sneak peek of the master plan and provide feedback that may be incorporated into the final design and branding of Jacksonville’s signature outdoor destination.
The meeting is free and all are welcome to attend. The first 50 attendees will receive a small gift complements of Groundwork Jacksonville.
 
When: Tuesday, July 24, at 6:00 p.m.
Where: FSCJ Advanced Technology Center, 401 W. State St. Room T-140.
More information here.
 

Volunteer Opportunities: First Wednesday Art Walk

 

 

 
 
 

Help us make #ArtWalkJax a success and support Downtown’s signature monthly event! Sign up here.

 

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#DTJax News

 

 

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New businesses in #DTJax:

 

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

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“A better Downtown Jacksonville is better for everyone, even if you never come here. You see that with big urban centers. They are the engines for economic activity with a ripple effect that is unbelievably beneficial to the surrounding communities.”

 

Thanks to the Jax Daily Record for this great profile of our CEO, Jake Gordon!
Read the article here.

 

Internship Opportunity

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

DVI is looking for fall interns. If you’re a college student in your junior or senior year of college or a recent graduate looking for marketing and events experience, we want you! Learn more here.

 
 
2016-2017 Annual Report

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Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2016-2017. Read or download the PDF here.

2016-2017 State of Downtown Report

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It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville. Since the beginning of 2016, Downtown has seen more than $80 million in completed development projects, such as the Winston Family YMCA and Daily’s Place Amphitheater. More than $2 billion in projects are currently under construction or proposed. Read about currently development, employment and residential trends in this 18-month look at the progress in Downtown Jacksonville from January 2016-June 2017. Read or download the PDF here.

 
2018 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

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Downtown’s signature monthly event, First WednesdayArt Walk attracts 8,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 30+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses. In its 14th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.