Confederate Park (Jacksonville)

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Confederate Park
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Confederate Park
Type Municipal (Parks & Recreation Department)
Location Jacksonville, Florida
Coordinates 30°20′02″N 81°39′16″W / 30.33389°N 81.65444°W / 30.33389; -81.65444
Area 6.01 acres (24,300 m2)
Created 1907
Operated by City of Jacksonville
Status Open all year

Confederate Park is a public park in Jacksonville, Florida, on the southern bounds of the historic neighborhood of Springfield. It is part of a network of parks that parallel Hogans Creek.

History[edit]

Confederate Park was opened in 1907 as Dignan Park, named for a former chairman of the city's Board of Public Works. It was the first Jacksonville city park to include a playground.[1]

In 1914, Jacksonville hosted the annual reunion of the United Confederate Veterans, with estimated attendance of about 8,000 former Confederate soldiers. The UCV chose the park as the location for a new monument to honor the Women of the Southland, and five months after the reunion the city renamed the park "Confederate Park." The Confederate monument was erected in 1915.

The Confederate Playground east of Confederate Park was originally a part of Confederate Park, but was used for military training during World Wars I and II. It is now a dog park.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Urban Parks: Confederate Park, Metro Jacksonville website
  2. ^ City of Jacksonville, Department of Recreation and Community website