Hammond Park
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Hammond Park
  2142 Melson Avenue   Mapit
Jacksonville, FL 32254

Amenities offered at this park:
1Baseball Adult
1Baseball Adult Lighted
1Baseball Youth
1Baseball Youth Lighted
3Basketball Lighted
50Car Parking
1Concession Stand
1Picnic shelters
1Picnic Tables
1Playground Equipment
2Softball Adult
2Softball Adult Lighted
2Tennis Hard
2Tennis Hard Lighted
12Trash Barrels
YesBasketball Adult
YesBasketball Adult Lighted
YesBasketball Goals
YesBasketball Junior
YesBasketball Junior Lighted
YesCommunity Center
YesDrinking Fountain
YesPerimeter Site Fencing

Acres: 13.7
Park Type: Community
Council Person: Warren A. Jones
History: Hammond Park is located in west Jacksonville at the intersection of 12th Street and Melson Avenue. In 1923, the property comprised part of a site used for airplane takeoffs and landings, and was named Paxon Field for the tractís owner, E. H. Paxon. After opening in 1955 as Paxon Park, the name was changed to honor Duval County Commissioner Joseph F. Hammond (1885-1967), who, except for two years, served continuously from 1921-1961. Also he served as president of the National Association of County Officials. Three area schools and the Hammond Senior Center (formerly the Youth Center) reside near the park. In 1994 a major renovation of the ball fields occurred, and an improvement project in 2004 added a new building with a two-story scorebox, restrooms, and a handicap-accessible concession stand.