One Spark: Downtown is calling

This is Downtown.

This is Downtown on One Spark.

After more than 20 years as a Jacksonville resident, I’m happy to say Downtown still continues to surprise me. As I stood among the crowd in Hemming Plaza Wednesday night, I saw a city I didn’t recognize, an energy I’ve never felt and pride that cannot be defined.

It’s no secret that One Spark has lit up the heart of the River City. Murals line façades of historic buildings. A larger-than-life “rubber” duckie floats in a Hemming Plaza fountain. Yarn is crocheted around lampposts and fencing and bike racks and an entire stage, all in intricate patterns and burst of color.

That’s only the beginning.

Jacksonville, you don’t want to miss this. Learn about – and try out – the art of hula-hooping on the Riverwalk. Chat with the designer of a Downtown beach proposed for the St. Johns River. See first-hand eco-friendly art, furniture, books and more. Cast your vote to support groups working to make people’s lives better through companion dogs, outdoor recreation opportunities, education and more. Hear live music, enjoy a speaker series, explore Downtown’s restaurants and nightlife.

The urban core is calling. If you’re not Downtown, you’re wasting time. This is Downtown’s time.