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  • City of Jacksonville Veterans Day Parade: Monday, 11/11/13 at 11:01 a.m. in Downtown Jacksonville!

    Posted Under: General Area in Jacksonville, Parks & Recreation in Jacksonville, In My Neighborhood in Jacksonville  |  November 8, 2013 1:01 PM  |  182 views  |  No comments

    Veterans Day Parade Co-presented by Microsoft and the City of Jacksonville

    Join the City of Jacksonville and Microsoft as we honor true American heroes - our veterans and active-duty military. This patriotic parade features more than 4,000 participants including grand marshals, senior military officials, active-duty and retired military units, veterans groups, local high school marching bands, military organizations, decorative floats, giant balloons, JROTC units and more! 

    2013 Parade Route - *NEW Route*

    This year, the parade route will begin at EverBank Field! The route will continue down Bay Street to Newnan Street, follow to Independent Street (which turns in to Water Street) and will end at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.

    Show your patriotic pride! 

    Those watching the parade are encouraged to show their support by wearing red, white and blue as well as waving flags, banners and signs as the parade participants go by. Don your favorite RED, WHITE and BLUE attire and show your American pride! Wear your favorite patriotic colors, raise your American Flag high and show the nation how Jacksonville honors and celebrates our military community! 

    Click this link for more details:


  • Jacksonville Zoo First Annual ZOOLights

    Posted Under: General Area in Jacksonville, Parks & Recreation in Jacksonville, In My Neighborhood in Jacksonville  |  December 19, 2012 7:31 AM  |  214 views  |  No comments

    First Annual ZOOLights

    Date: Dec 14–31
    Event Information:

    Sunday through Thursday:  6:30 pm. To 9:30 p.m.;
    Friday through Saturday:  6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    Closed Christmas Day

    Cost: $9/Non-Members; $7/Members

    Celebrate the holiday season and create a new family tradition admiring the sparkling lights and brilliant hues at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ first annual ZOOLights event. Thousands of LED lights will transform the Zoo into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. Don’t miss:

    • Visits from Santa every evening from December 14th-24th and story time with Mrs. Claus on Fridays and Saturdays through December 24th (December 14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd)
    • A nightly snow fall on the Zoo’s Great Lawn at 8:00 p.m.
    • Christmas sing-alongs at the Range of the Jaguar and festive holiday music throughout the path
    • Holiday dance performances on select nights in Range of the Jaguar at 7:00 p.m.:
      14th - Beth Marks Ballet Art Centre
      15th - Studio K Dance
      18th - Scott Jones School of Dance
      19th - Boleros Dance Center
      29th - Boleros Dance Center
    • A fire pit for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores
    • A special one-way Train Ride* around half the Zoo with special light displays that can only be seen from the Train
    • A Polar Express 4-D Ride Experience* that takes you to visit the North Pole and back
    • Reindeer games, a bounce house, a giant slide and children’s activities on the Zoo’s Great Lawn
    • Holiday themed costume characters and mascots
    • Select animals on exhibit for ZOOLights guests to see

    Save time and money - Purchase your tickets online now for $1 off admission!

    Presented by:

    Want to get involved? The Zoo is looking for VOLUNTEERS for this brand new event!

    *Additional cost for rides applies.

    ZOOLights Frequently Asked Questions:

    Does my ZOOLights ticket include admission to everything, or are there additional fees?
    Your ZOOLights ticket includes admission to the main ZOOLights event and is sure to delight guests of all ages. If you like, you can choose to add on certain extras:

    • The Zoo’s Train Ride will be decorated with holiday décor and will be running from the Zoo’s Main Camp Train Station to the Trout River Train Station to give guests a look at special lights that are visible only from the Train. The Train will run with no stops and each Train Ticket is good for ONE ride on the tracks. Tickets are $2.00 for Adults and $1.00 for Children for both Zoo Members and Non-Members.
    • The Zoo’s 4D Ride Experience will feature the holiday classic, Polar Express! Tickets for this attraction are $3.00 for Zoo Members and $4.00 for Non-Members.
    • Ride the Zoo’s Wildlife Carousel for only $1.00.
    • Stingray Bay will be open for $1.00 admission for Zoo Members and $2.00 admission for Non-Members.
    • Special 3-D glasses that add an extra POP to your ZOOLights experience can be purchased for $2.00. Glow necklaces will also be available for $2.00. Snacks, keepsakes, and other gift shop items are available for purchase as well.

    What time should I get there?
    ZOOLights opens at 6:30 p.m. and closes at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and 10:00 p.m. on Friday-Saturday.
    The gates for ZOOLights will close 1 hour prior to the stated closing time. The last Train will run 30 minutes prior to closing. Activity lines will also close at this time.

    What animals will be on exhibit during ZOOLights?
    Many of the animals will be sleeping inside, however the giraffes, jaguars, and Lost Temple reptiles and primates will be open for guest viewing.

    When will Santa be visiting the Zoo?
    Santa will be taking photos with children each night from December 14th-24th. The line will be closed off 30 minutes prior to Zoo closing. Mrs. Claus will be visiting on Fridays and Saturdays (December 14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd) only to take photos and tell stories to children.

    Click Here for more Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Mayor Announces People + Parks Connection

    Programs designed to encourage use of parks and amenities

    Today Mayor Alvin Brown announced the People + Parks Connection designed to get residents out and about in Jacksonville’s parks; to hike new and improved park trails, launch kayaks from newly designated sites and swim safely in Jacksonville pools, rivers and beaches.
    The initiative includes new signage and directional blazing on nearly 45 miles of trail at seven parks and 3 ½ miles of new trails at two parks. It also includes 10 newly designated kayak/canoe launch sites on the St. Johns River, its tributaries and the Intracoastal Waterway.
    In addition, the mayor announced his Waterproof Jacksonville program, which this summer will include at least two weeks of swim lessons at every outdoor public pool in an effort to reduce accidental drowning.
    The mayor’s trail initiative provides a 21st century experience for hikers, who will be able to click on QR (quick response) codes at trail kiosks at 10 parks that will link them to a trail map and a video welcome by the mayor followed by a brief video tour of the park led by the park naturalist.
    “We want people to feel more comfortable hiking, biking or horseback riding on our trails,” the mayor said.
    The mayor announced partnerships with the Sierra Club Northeast Florida Group and SORBA Jax, the local affiliate of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association.
    The Sierra Club will begin leading monthly trail hikes on the second Saturday of the month as well as help with trail projects.
    “I'm delighted we're kicking off this collaboration for "2nd Saturday Outings" in City of Jacksonville Parks & Preserves,” said Tom Larson, treasurer of Sierra Club Florida. “Getting people into our outdoors and helping them appreciate what we have and where we are is a main part of our mission:  Explore, Enjoy, Protect.”
    SORBA Jax is creating new bike trails at Tillie Fowler Regional Park, where the mayor made his announcement, and has built and maintained bike trails at Hanna Park. The group is working with JaxParks to develop bike trails as well as more challenging bike features in other parks throughout the city.
    As for the newly designated kayak/canoe launch sites, the mayor said access is essential for residents to be able to get out on the water and enjoy one of Northeast Florida’s most important natural resources and what amounts to a gigantic water park. Access is important as well for small businesses that provide equipment and services for outdoor recreation and eco-tourism.
    With the Waterproof Jax program, JaxParks will rotate its swimming instructors to every public pool this summer to provide every child in the city an opportunity to learn to swim. Previously, instruction has been offered at only10 outdoor pools.
    “When I talk about making Jacksonville a destination, I’m talking about programs and initiatives like these that build upon our community’s assets and highlight the best of what Northeast Florida has to offer,” said Mayor Brown. “By highlighting our region’s assets, and improving access to them, we make one of the biggest park systems in America into one of the best.”

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