Bruce Park
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Bruce Park
  6549 Arlington Road   Mapit
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Walkway

Amenities offered at this park:
Qty.Amenity
1Baseball Youth
1Basketball
2Basketball Lighted
5Benches
2Bike racks
2Bleachers
11Car Parking
1Concession Stand
2Picnic shelters
5Picnic Tables
2Playground Equipment
1Restrooms
1Softball Adult Lighted
3Tennis Hard Lighted
9Trash Barrels
2Volleyball
1Water Feature
YesPerimeter Site Fencing
YesSecurity Lighting

Acres: 5.84
Park Type: Community
Council Person: Dr. Johnny Gaffney
History: Bruce Park is located in Arlington, at the corner of Arlington and Rogero Roads. The park takes its name from Frederick W. Bruce (1845-1932), who with H. L. Sprinkle and others founded the Alderman Realty Co. in 1911. The company developed 1100 acres in Arlington, and established a ferry service across the St. Johns River from downtown’s Beaver Street to Arlington. Mr. Bruce was a civil engineer who worked on such projects as the construction of Henry Flagler’s hotels in St. Augustine and the jetty construction at Mayport. The opening of the Mathews Bridge in 1953 spurred twenty years of unprecedented growth in Arlington and the need for more recreational space. As trustees of land set aside for park purposes by Sprinkle and Bruce in 1924, the Arlington Community Club donated the property to Duval County in 1954. The park then opened in 1955 and was taken over by the City after consolidation in 1968.