Officials break ground on Riverside dog park | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The canines of Jacksonville will soon be able to play in a new off-leash dog park in Riverside.
City officials, Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) officials and donors broke ground Friday morning on the John Gorrie Dog Park at the historic Riverside Park in Five Points.
The ceremony was held at the site of the new park – located in the northeast corner of Riverside Park along College Street – with City Councilman Jim Love, philanthropist Delores Bar Weaver, Dog Park Committee Chairman Trey Csar , RAP Executive Director Carmen Godwin and some local dogs all in attendance.
"Dog parks are a coveted amenity in vibrant neighborhoods across the county," said Godwin. "The addition of the John Corrie Dog Park at Riverside Park will draw residents from across Riverside-Avondale – and beyond – and help further build community in our neighborhood."
The 1.5-acre park is expected to open in March 2016, RAP announced, with construction expected to take one to two months.
The construction will begin after a nearly three-year effort by community supporters and will be funded by $150,000 in private funds and an equal amount from the City, according to RAP.
The park will be created on land that was formerly used as a construction equipment storage yard for the Florida Department of Transportation.
When complete, it will consist of several separate areas of large-breed and small-breed dogs.