Lem Merrett Park
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Lem Merrett Park
  845 Ellis Road   Mapit
Jacksonville, FL 32205

Amenities offered at this park:
2Basketball Lighted
1Bike racks
96Car Parking
1Multiuse Field
1Picnic shelters
6Picnic Tables
1Playground Equipment
1Softball Adult
1Softball Adult Lighted
6Trash Barrels
1Water Feature
1Water Features
YesBasketball Adult
YesBasketball Goals
YesBasketball Junior
YesBasketball Junior Lighted
YesPerimeter Site Fencing
YesSecurity Lighting

Acres: 6.15
Park Type: Community
Council Person: Warren A. Jones
History: Lem Merrett Park is located on Ellis Road in west Jacksonville, between Ramona and Verna Boulevards. A portion of the park was part of the original playground for the adjacent Ramona Boulevard Elementary School, built in 1951-52. In 1957, Duval County leased the site and also purchased the adjacent two acres to expand the park; and the City took over the facility after consolidation in 1968. The park is named for Willis Lem Merrett (1919-1978), Duval County Commissioner for the district from 1961 until 1968. During the period between 1988 and 1997, many improvements were made to the park, due mainly to the efforts of Cary “Red” Lyda (1919-2000), who lived nearby and took a great interest in the community’s children. He established a park association, obtained private donations, and oversaw City improvement projects. Presently, the School Board and the City have a joint-use agreement for the facility.