Grunthal Park
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Grunthal Park
  1660 West 13th Street   Mapit
Jacksonville, FL 32209

Amenities offered at this park:
Qty.Amenity
1.5Basketball Lighted
3Benches
1Bike racks
1Grills
1Picnic shelters
4Picnic Tables
5Playground Equipment
2Tennis Hard Lighted
4Trash Barrels
YesPerimeter Site Fencing
YesSecurity Lighting

Acres: 1.527
Park Type: Neighborhood
Council Person: E. Denise Lee
History: Grunthal Park is located adjacent to Grunthal Street in northwest Jacksonville, across from the Cityís Joe James Community Center. Initially developed probably as a Negro playground around 1945, and expanded between 1956 and 1958, it was known as the Joe James Playground. The nearby community center opened in 1963. Joe H. James, Jr. (1892-1966) was a white real estate broker, who organized and directed the Jacksonville Negro Welfare League during the 1920ís and 30ís, and also served as chairman of both the Colored Division of the Community Chest and the Charity Agency Federation. The City has completed numerous improvement projects over the years, including the planting of trees at the park in 1978, many of which have matured today. And with the support of City Council Member Gwen Yates, three renovation projects were completed at Grunthal Park between 2001 and 2003.