Jessie Ball DuPont Park
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Jessie Ball DuPont Park
  1207 Prudential Drive   Mapit
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Amenities offered at this park:
4Car Parking
1Trails Paved (Miles)
3Trash Barrels
YesSecurity Lighting

Acres: 2.76
Park Type: Neighborhood
Council Person: Lori Boyer
History: Jessie Ball duPont Park, home of the Treaty Oak, is located in the Southbank area. An amusement complex known as Dixieland Park, which included most of the site, opened in 1907. In the 1930ís, the Garden Club, Mrs. Jessie duPont, and a Times Union reporter, Pat Moran, began efforts to preserve the tree. Moran coined the name Treaty Oak while writing a fictitious story about how white settlers and Indians met under the tree to sign peace treaties. Mrs. duPont and the Alfred I. duPont Foundation purchased the land containing the tree around 1934 and donated it to the City in 1964. The City acquired the remainder of the property between 1964 and 1971, the year the park was named in honor of Jessie duPont (1884-1970), an ardent philanthropist and part-time Jacksonville resident. Through the efforts of the City and private groups and individuals, a major project was completed in 1995 to preserve the tree and enhance the park. Currently their are plans to enhance the park and protect the tree.