||The Huffman Boulevard Park is a new park site development for the City of Jacksonville. The 14.85-acre tract is located about a half mile north of Beach Boulevard, in the Arlington area. The site is characterized by sandy will drained soils, natural vegetation including live oak, turkey oak and pine. The under story is characterized by saw palmetto and natural grasses.
The Huffman Road Park site was acquired by the City of Jacksonville on November 10, 1987 from City National Bank of Florida. The site was donated from a Trust (No. 5196-5) agreement dated August 2, 1973.
DPRE submitted a 2002-2003 Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) grant application for $200,000 on October 12, 2001. The proposed project consisted of a playground area for children, a multi-purpose court, family picnic areas, restrooms, and a perimeter walking/jogging path, which would meander through a preserved wooded area. On October 22, 2001, DPRE withdrew the application because the City had exceeded the number of allowable projects for the 2002-2003 grant cycle.
In August 2001, Ordinance 2001-631-E appropriated $17,500 from District 2 Better Jacksonville Bond Money to fund a Master Plan, boundary, topographical and tree surveys for Huffman Boulevard Park. Landers-Atkins Planners prepared the Master Plan in August 2002. The final Plan included the following elements: Paved and grass parking, landscaping, irrigation, a shared storm water retention pond, a 222’ x 360’ multi-use field (soccer, football, baseball) with bleacher stand, two full-size basketball courts, one 100’ x 100’ multi-use court with benches and trash receptacles, restrooms, play equipment, a bicycle rack, a picnic pavilion, grill, picnic tables, open play area, 800’ dirt bike path, ½ mile paved pedestrian trail, sidewalk system, fencing and on-site security.
DPRE plans to apply for FRDAP funding during the 2003-2004 grant cycle. If awarded, these funds will assist in the development of Huffman Boulevard Park.
The future development of Huffman Boulevard Park will add to the inventory of quality parks in Jacksonville. This neighborhood park will allow residents to enjoy passive and active recreational opportunities within walking distance of their homes. The proposed development of this park consists of a playground area for children, a multi-purpose field and courts, family picnic areas, restrooms, a dirt bike path, and a perimeter walking/jogging path, which will meander through a preserved wooded area.