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The following is this week’s issue of the “#DTJax Weekly Update” e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

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Credit: World of Nations Celebration’s Facebook

 

THINGS TO DOwntown

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Jessie Ball duPont Center at the former Haydon Burns library.

Jessie Ball duPont Center at the former Haydon Burns library.

Earlier this month, new sidewalks reopened flanking a model for adaptive reuse and a catalyst for future Downtown development.

The building rising above the sidewalks – the newly renovated Jessie Ball duPont Center in the former Haydon Burns Library – is expected to open very soon as an office building for more than a dozen nonprofit organizations, with several tenants already moving in. This equates to about 250 Downtown employees working in the building by the end of 2015.

The Jessie Ball duPont Center is one of more than 50 projects proposed, under construction or recently completed Downtown. Each project is outlined in DVI’s recently released “Q1 Development Update.” Projects completed in Q1 include:

Ambassador Michael and artist Jami Childers

Ambassador Michael and artist Jami Childers

Downtown’s latest murals give new meaning to the phrase “from trash to treasure.”

Two paintings, approximately two feet wide and eight feet high, now cover the gaps between The Magnificat Cafe and its two adjacent buildings near the corner of Laura and Monroe streets. These gaps used to be a common spot for litter, now no longer accessible thanks to the artwork.

“It’ll brighten up that corner a little bit,” said artist Jami Childers, who painted the murals. “It’s a good remedy for an ugly problem.”

The idea for the murals began last fall when Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer Rey Coll approached Downtown Ambassador Michael Ryan about the gap on Monroe Street. Officer Coll asked Ambassador Mike if there was anything he could do about cleaning out the litter and possibly blocking the gap with a plant or other material.

While Officer Coll and Ambassador Mike were discussing clean-up options at the site, Childers, who owns 44 Monroe Art Studio & Gallery adjacent to the gap, popped out to see what they were up to. They explained the issue, and then the idea came to Ambassador Michael: Childers could paint a mural to install over the gap.

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Credit: @dtjax Instagram

In a fortuitous Earth Day announcement, Hemming Park revealed today it will receive $100,000 from Southwest Airlines in partnership with Project for Public Spaces.

The grant money was awarded to the organization as part of Southwest Airlines and Project for Public Spaces’ “Heart of the Community” program, which aims to help activate public space in cities.

“We are thrilled to have been selected as a 2015 grant recipient with the ‘Heart of the Community’ program and look forward to working with Southwest Airlines, PPS and our local community,” said Vince Cavin, executive director of Friends of Hemming Park, in a press release. “With this generous support, we will continue to re-imagine and reinvent Hemming Park as an exciting and inviting public space for everyone living in or visiting Jacksonville.”

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The following is this week’s issue of the “#DTJax Weekly Update” e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

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Credit: Jacksonville Suns Facebook

Credit: Jacksonville Suns Facebook

THINGS TO DOwntown

Sports + Fitness

Any given week, dtjax.org shares information on around 100 happenings Downtown. From big sell-out concerts at the Arena to weekly markets offering fresh veggies, there’s always something to check out. Thanks to event organizers and venues, we compiled a list of weekly and monthly reoccurring Downtown events for our latest flier, pictured below.

Every Tuesday, for example, you can count on Gary Sass and his Jacksonville Walking Tours team to deliver a fascinating “Top to Bottom Walking Tour” through the city streets. Thursdays, you can burn calories in Hemming Park with Yoga 4 Change and JaxFit. Each Friday, you can learn to “boot scootin’ boogie” during line-dance lessons at Mavericks. And nearly daily, you can find yourself elbow-deep in treat-making at Sweet Pete’s.

Do yourself a favor: experience what Downtown has to offer. We promise you’ll never need to say “there’s nothing to do Downtown” again.

DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE.

Any Given Day Downtown

DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE.

(Then, print and/or share it with your friends, family and coworkers! Want a bunch? Swing by DVI anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays for a stack. Find us at 214 N. Hogan St., Suite 120.)

 

Note: the PDF above went to press earlier this month. For an up-to-date list, check out our ongoing events webpage, updated as information becomes available. Want your reoccurring event listed? Email sarah@downtownjacksonville.org.

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Ask Downtown business owner Cindy Platt about One Spark 2015, and you won’t be surprised to hear she was pretty pleased.

“We did a month’s worth of sales in one week,” said the Grease Rags Clothing Company owner, “and the numbers increased 100 percent over last year!”

Just around the corner at MOCA Jacksonville, communications director Denise Reagan said more than 20,000 people walked through the museum’s doors during the festival – 50 to 100 times as many visitors MOCA normally sees in a week.

But these stats barely scratch the surface of One Spark, which this year once again broke its own records, including an attendance increase of 60,500 over 2014.

We reached out to the One Spark team – who are no doubt exhausted! – to compile some pretty impressive numbers that share a snapshot the festival’s impact this year.