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


Amenities offered at this park:
1Baseball Youth
2Basketball Lighted
2Bike racks
11Car Parking
2Picnic shelters
4Picnic Tables
1Playground Equipment
1Softball Adult
1Softball Adult Lighted
2Tennis Hard
2Tennis Hard Lighted
12Trash Barrels
1Water Feature
1Water Features
YesBasketball Adult
YesBasketball Adult Lighted
YesBasketball Goals
YesBasketball Junior
YesBasketball Junior Lighted
YesPerimeter Site Fencing
YesSecurity Lighting

Acres: 5.84
Park Type: Community
Council Person: Joyce Morgan
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.