Sunny Acres
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Sunny Acres
  2850 Wompi Dr.   Mapit
Jacksonville, FL 32225

Amenities offered at this park:
1Baseball Youth
1Bike racks
54Car Parking
1Pedestrian Docks
1Picnic shelters
11Picnic Tables
1Playground Equipment
1Swimming Pools
11Trash Barrels
YesBasketball Adult
YesCommunity Center
YesDrinking Fountain
YesPerimeter Site Fencing
YesSecurity Lighting

Acres: 9.08
Park Type: Community
Council Person: William Bishop
History: Sunny Acres is situated in the Mill Cove area of east Jacksonville, west of the Fort Caroline and Merrill Roads’ intersection. Created on County-owned land as a park for handicapped children, it was planned and funded by the Motion Picture Charity Club, a local organization composed of individuals that distributed and exhibited motion pictures. After the official opening in June 1964, the park was named by the children. Of special note have been summer camps for the handicapped, and the dedicated work of countless volunteers. Programs for disabled adults, which included recreational and life-skills instruction and some vocational training, were added later. As handicapped exclusive programs were phased out at the park in 1996, the City began an innovative recreation program for children who are being educated at home instead of attending a school. The popular home school program has spread from Sunny Acres to other City parks.