Alejandro Garces Camp Tomahawk Park
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Alejandro Garces Camp Tomahawk Park
  8419 San Ardo Road   Mapit
Jacksonville, FL 32217

Amenities offered at this park:
1Bike racks
12Car Parking
1Multiuse Field
1Picnic shelters
8Picnic Tables
1Playground Equipment
3Trails Unpaved (Miles)
5Trash Barrels
YesDrinking Fountain
YesPerimeter Site Fencing
YesSecurity Lighting

Acres: 20.5
Park Type: Community
Council Person: Lori Boyer
History: Alejandro Garces Camp Tomahawk Park is located just north of San Clerc Road, between the San Jose and Beauclerc sections of southeast Jacksonville. Octavio Garces, an instructor at The Bolles School, known as Captain O.S. Garces to his campers, and his wife Geraldine (Gerry) Garces established a private day camp on the site in the latter 1950ís known as Camp Tomahawk. The city later purchased the property from the couple in 1981 for use as a public park, subject to the stipulation that it be named for Mr. Garcesí father, Alejandro Garces. The neighbors principally wanted a passive park, and most of the grounds have been left in a natural state with a mature growth of oak, pine, and maple trees and a creek that extends through the middle of the tract to Goodbys Creek. And with help from the Mayorís Council on Fitness and Well-Being, the Jacksonville Track Club, and numerous Eagle Scouts, the trails have been expanded and improved over the years. In Feb. 2007, the playground has been expanded to add a new playground climber. This piece of play equipment, a Satellite Climber, was won from BCI Burke at the National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference in Seattle. It is the first of its kind to be installed in a public park in the United States.