Oakland Park
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Oakland Park
  657 East Union Street   Mapit
Jacksonville, FL 32206

Amenities offered at this park:
Qty.Amenity
3Basketball
3Basketball Lighted
4Benches
1Grills
2Picnic Tables
1Playground Equipment
4Trash Barrels
YesBasketball Adult
YesBasketball Adult Lighted
YesBasketball Goals
YesBasketball Junior
YesBasketball Junior Lighted
YesBuilding General
YesDrinking Fountain
YesPerimeter Site Fencing

Acres: 1.04
Park Type: Neighborhood
Council Person: Dr. Johnny Gaffney
History: Oakland Park is located in the Oakland section of downtown Jacksonville, and has been City property since the 1880’s. The residential community of Oakland emerged during the 1870’s and was oriented toward working-class families. West of the park lies the Old City Cemetery established in 1852, and along the park’s northern boundary, St. Joseph’s Cemetery, which is a part of the Old City Cemetery. The park has historical significance as the first playground established by the City of Jacksonville for African-American children. The park opened on July 4, 1918, through the efforts of noted Jacksonville humanitarian, Eartha M.M. White (1876-1974), and for ten years was under the direction of pioneer recreational leader Florida C. Dwight (1886-1977).