James P. Small Park
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James P. Small Park
  1701 Myrtle Avenue   Mapit
Jacksonville, FL 32209

Amenities offered at this park:
1Baseball Adult
1Baseball Adult Lighted
1Bike racks
20Car Parking
3Concession Stand
1Picnic shelters
3Picnic Tables
21Trash Barrels
YesPerimeter Site Fencing

Acres: 4.824
Park Type: Special
Council Person: E. Denise Lee
History: Originally known as Barrs Field, Durkee Field was bought by the city for $348,000 in 1932. The baseball stadium was built in 1936-1937. Durkee Field was home to the Negro League and minor league baseball teams. Henry Aaron, Leroy “Satchel” Paige, Roy Campanella, James “Cool Papa” Bell and William “Judy” Johnson passed through on their way to baseball’s “Hall of Fame”. The name of the park changed from Durkee Field to J. P. Small Memorial Park Stadium in July 1980. James P. Small coached and taught at Stanton HS for 33 years, then coached at Raines HS for one year before retiring. He died in 1975. In 1982, the stadium was slated for demolition; however, a case was made for its renovation. The project was completed in 1985. Renovations included structural repairs, a new roof, press box and dugouts, paving the parking lot, a new playscape and lighted fields. Further renovation in 2006 included a small museum.