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Duval County Parks consist of following 7 Parks: Westside Regional Nature Park, Ringhaver Park/Ortega Stream Valley, Amelia Island State Park, Big Talbot Island State Park, George Crady Bridge State Fishing Pier, Little Talbot Island State Park, Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park, and Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park. The City of Jacksonville services at more than 337 locations on more than 80,000 acres. This makes it the largest urban park system in the United States.

JaxParks offers a wide variety of parks, programs and activities that focus on elements of nature. Visitors to parks like Westside Regional Nature Park and Ringhaver Park/Ortega Stream Valley may enjoy bountiful butterflies, a family of eagles and beautiful foliage, all native to Northeast Florida. Programs nclude insect scavenger hunts, discovery walks for children, and educational nature walks highlighting the unique features of our various parks, to name just a few.

Westside Regional Parkis considered the largest of all Jacksonville parks with 509 acres. It features a nature center and outdoor classroom, picnic area with grills and playground equipment, biking trails, a series of hiking and nature trails, and an elevated platform from which to view wetlands, soaring bald eagles, and other birds. Programs include: Discovery Walks, Theme Walks, Evening Programs, Owl Prowl, Envirocamp, Wee Workshops, Curious Naturalist, and the VIP Program.

Ringhaver Park /Ortega River Nature Preserve includes a two-mile asphalt path with wooden bridges, providing access to the Ortega River Nature Preserve for walkers, joggers and the handicapped. A combination of softball and soccer fields, a covered picnic area, an all-child playground provides variety in activities. A canoe dock has been built on the Ortega River, along with a connecting boardwalk though nature preserve wetlands. Visitors can enjoy a walk at the Ortega River. Along the path, beautiful oaks, towering pines, and ferns covering the forest floor are encountered. Bird watching and listening can be enjoyed or benches located along the trail provide a convenient resting place for those who prefer a slow-paced stroll.

Contact information:

Westside Regional Park
Lesley Royce, Parks Naturalist
7000 Roosevelt Blvd.,
Jacksonville, Fl.
Phone: 573-2498
E-mail:funexperts@coj.net

Jean Schubert, Parks Naturalist
851 N. Market St., Jacksonville
Phone: 630-3577
E-mail:funexperts@coj.net

Ringhaver Park/Ortega River Nature Preserve
5198 118th St. 118th St.,
Jacksonville, FL 32244



 

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