Forestry Tower Park
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Forestry Tower Park
  10430 Beach Blvd   Mapit
Jacksonville, FL 32246

Amenities offered at this park:
1Bike racks
14Car Parking
1Picnic shelters
7Picnic Tables
1Playground Equipment
1Trails Paved (Miles)
6Trash Barrels
YesDrinking Fountain
YesPerimeter Site Fencing
YesSecurity Lighting

Acres: 6
Park Type: Neighborhood
Council Person: Don Redman
History: Forestry Tower Park is located in the Windy Hill section of southeast Jacksonville, at the intersection of Beach and Forest Boulevards. The name derives from a former fire lookout tower that rises 100 feet above the grounds. It was called the Flagler Fire Tower (Henry Flagler’s FEC Railway line to the beach passed adjacent to the property) after being moved to the site by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938, and renamed the Southside Fire Tower in 1959. The property also contained a residence for the fire lookout (later mobile homes). But the Division of Forestry closed the operation in 1992, and through the efforts of the area’s residents and neighborhood associations, and City Councilman Howard Dale, the site was designated a local landmark in 1996. The city purchased the tract for a park the next year, and today it presents a very picturesque setting, with high elevation and many pine, oak, and cedar trees.