Criswell Park
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Criswell Park
  5372 Park Street   Mapit
Jacksonville, FL 32210

Amenities offered at this park:
Qty.Amenity
1Baseball Adult
1Baseball Adult Lighted
1Baseball Youth
1Baseball Youth Lighted
2Basketball
16Benches
16Bleachers
45Car Parking
1Concession Stand
1Multiuse Field
1Picnic shelters
6Picnic Tables
1Playground Equipment
1Softball Adult
1Softball Adult Lighted
1Softball Youth
1Softball Youth Lighted
20Trash Barrels
YesBasketball Goals
YesBasketball Junior
YesBuilding General
YesDrinking Fountain
YesPerimeter Site Fencing

Acres: 11
Park Type: Community
Council Person: Warren A. Jones
History: Criswell Park is located adjacent to Hyde Park Elementary School in the Lake Shore area of southwest Jacksonville. After the school was built in 1950, Duval County leased six acres of the school property in 1956 for use as a public playground, which by 1966 had been expanded to eleven acres and named Criswell Playground. The park is named for former Duval County Juvenile Court Judge Walter Scott Criswell (1888-1962). For decades he worked tirelessly for the city’s youth as founder and executive director of the Boys Home and later the Boy Service Council. He also served in many other capacities, such as president of the Juvenile Judges Association of Florida and on the Florida Crippled Children’s Commission. The park is home to the Lakeshore Athletic Association, which runs one of the city’s most successful youth athletic programs and has partnered with the city in developing and maintaining the park.