“Providing temporary public open space…one parking spot at a time” 

What could be more fun than enjoying the urban core in amazing parks that highlight the best that Downtown Jacksonville has to offer?

PARK(ing) Day is a global movement that was founded in San Francisco in 2005 in order to “call attention to the need for more urban spaces.” The success of the movement is transparent in the establishment of a nonprofit solely dedicated to “converting [underused areas] into new pedestrian spaces”: Pavements to Parks.

 

Although PARK(ing) Day has since evolved to emphasize different social issues; the movement still continues to create connections between artists, local business owners and community members by temporarily transforming parking spaces into incredible pop-up parks. This year, Downtown Jacksonville is joining the movement by hosting PARK(ing) Day in the urban core.

The event will be held on Friday, September 21 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. All parklets will be located along Laura Street and its surrounding area but are typically located right in front of participating businesses. This includes Anytime Fitness, Bellwether, Daniel James Salon, Hollywood Cuts, Superfood and Brew, Visit Jacksonville, Wolf & Cub, The Brick and Downtown Vision, Inc.

DVI has reached out to multiple local businesses in the city to provide unique PARK(ing) destinations during the lunch rush. Businesses are digging into their creative outlets to provide downtown employees, visitors and residents with parklets to remember. Whether you are looking for a place to relax or have fun during your break, PARK(ing) Day will not disappoint.

The event will also be a great way to show your support for some of Jacksonville’s thriving local businesses. They are excited to engage with guests in a more informal setting, outside of their storefronts.

If you are worried about parking during this event, don’t be! Downtown Vision, Inc. has provided this list and map of available parking spaces in Downtown Jacksonville. This includes more than 44,000 spaces!

So stretch your legs and take advantage of the additional public spaces that our #DTJax businesses have put together!

For more information, visit the PARK(ing) Day Facebook Page here.

Whoa, where did our summer go? Our Duval County students start their first day back at school next week! Parents, we’re sure you’ll miss having the kids around so here are some last minute activities in #DTJax to make the last few days of summer count.

Beat the Heat

Whether it’s a movie, a live show or a museum, these activities will let you and the kids stay out of the Florida heat!

Chamblin’s Uptown
Summer readings are typically located at the front of the store but be prepared to get lost in a sea of books – they have two stories, wall-to-ceiling filled with all the titles you can think of. The bookshop and first floor cafe are open every day. If you’re looking for a specific book, don’t hesitate to
call so they can put it aside for you!

Florida Theatre
During the summertime, the Florida Theatre showcases Summer Movie Classics every Sunday. This weekend, enjoy a showing of Robin Williams’s Mrs. Doubtfire in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the theatre’s website.

 

Museum of Science and History
Spark their curiosity by visiting  one of #DTJax’s museums. The Museum of Science and History is currently offering half-off admission to all its guests before the school year starts. Take advantage of these fleeting summer days to enjoy Jacksonville’s most visited museum!

 

Times Union Center
The Times Union Center for the Performing Arts is Jacksonville’s main hub for live entertainment and other performing arts needs in the city. Toddlers and young children will be excitedto know that Paw Patrol Live! 2018 will be in #DTJax this weekend! The show has four performances lined up on Saturday and Sunday. Get your last minute tickets here.

 

 

Explore the Outdoors

Keep the little ones out of the house the last few days of summer with these fun local favorites!

Riverboat Science and History Tours
After enjoying MOSH’s exhibits, hop on one of their riverboats for a tour of the St. John’s! The museum has partnered up with the St. John’s River Taxi to provide “a ride through history” every Saturday. Boats dock from the Friendship Fountain promptly at 4 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit the museum’s website here.

 

Riverside Arts Market
Celebrate local businesses this Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Riverside Arts Market. The market is located in the Riverside-Avondale district under the Fuller Warren Bridge. RAM has something for the entire family with rotating food trucks, vendor booths, live entertainment and morning yoga. It’s also a hotspot for back to school presents for teachers!

 

 

Get Creative

Creating things with the kiddos is a great way to bond and make the most of your time together before school starts. These family friendly spots are will allow you to collaborate and get creative!

Jax Makerspace
This is the perfect spot for hands-on activities with the kids. The Jacksonville Main Library has dedicated a huge portion of their main floor to promote creativity through music, art, technology and more. The librarians provide a variety of classes free to the public by partnering with local Jacksonville makers. Check out the Jax Makerspace calendar to see what they’re offering this weekend.

 

Sweet Pete’s Candy
Who doesn’t love sweets? Jacksonville’s candy emporium, Sweet Pete’s Candy Co. is offering a special Craft Soda and Candy Pairing until October 15th.Taste six sodas perfectly paired with gourmet chocolates and candies. There are currently seven time slots open this weekend. Make a reservation to guarantee a spot!

 

These are just a few of the last minute summer activities that #DTJax has to offer. Enjoy the summer days and, for the kiddos, have an amazing first day back! Visit our website for a full calendar of activities this weekend.

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Arts & Culture

 
 
 

Live Music & Nightlife

 

Sports, Health + Fitness

 

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Get Involved

 

COJ City Council Meeting

 

Join the City of Jacksonville for a city council meeting. For more information, visit their website here.
When: TODAY (Tuesday) at 5 p.m.
Where: Council Chamber, 117 W. Duval St., 1st Floor
 
 
 

 

Downtown Monthly Street Count
 
Changing Homelessness invites the community to help in the Downtown Monthly Street Count to help talk with people who are homeless and guide them towards resources to begin or continue a housing plan. More information here.
When: TODAY (Tuesday) from 4-8 p.m.
Where: Hemming Park
 
 

 

Emerald Necklace Trail Master Plan Public Meeting
 
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. More information here.
When: TODAY (Tuesday) at 6 p.m.
Where: FSCJ Advanced Technology Center, 401 W. State St.
 
 
 

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:

 

Now Open!

Gili's Kitchen Logo
126 W. Adams St.

 

 
 
 
 
 

11 N. Ocean St.

 
 
 
 
 
 

2 W. Independent Dr. Suite 154

 
 
 
 
 
 

Justice Pub logo


The Justice Pub
315 E. Bay St.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Coming Soon:

Burlock and Barrel logoBurlock & Barrel Distillery
417 Magnolia St.

 

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

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DVI Updates:

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“Apart from my goal to get people to QUEST and other providers is to encourage people that their tomorrow can be a lot better than what’s happening today in their lives.”

 

Thanks to the Jacksonville Business Journal for this great article about our Social Services Outreach Specialist, Cindy Ray, and all that she does in the community to help people get off the streets. Read more here.

 

Internship Opportunity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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.

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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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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Instagram of the Week

 

Photo by @jrockstyle

 

Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

 

Live Music & Nightlife

 

Sports, Health + Fitness

 

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Get Involved

 

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

 

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

New businesses in #DTJax:

 

Now Open!

Gili's Kitchen Logo
Gili’s Kitchen
126 W. Adams St.

 

 
 
 
 

Island-Girl_Logo-3x_whIsland Girl Cigar Bar Downtown
11 N. Ocean St.

 
 
 
 

JPA Sewing Factory
2 W. Independent Dr. Suite 154

 
 
 
 

Justice Pub logo


The Justice Pub
315 E. Bay St.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Coming Soon:

Burlock and Barrel logoBurlock & Barrel Distillery
417 Magnolia St.

 

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

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DVI Updates:

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“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

State of Downtown thumbnail

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.