Atlanta has the BeltLine. New York City has the High Line. Chicago has the 606. Boston has the Rose Kennedy Greenway. World-class cities have signature parks and green spaces where residents can safely walk, bike, play and connect with their city and with each other.
Jacksonville has a vision of what that might look like here. Imagined by famed architect Henry Klutho more than 100 years ago, Jacksonville’s Emerald Necklace encompasses approximately 19 miles of new trails, greenspace, parks and waterways that encircle the urban core and link at least 14 urban neighborhoods and downtown to Hogans Creek, McCoys Creek, the S-Line Rail Trail and the Northbank and Southbank riverwalks.
Groundwork Jacksonville took the first step toward building the Emerald Necklace by engaging Atlanta-based PATH Foundation, the organization credited with building more than 270 miles of greenway trails in Georgia. Groundwork and PATH have been working with key neighborhood stakeholders, city agencies, city council and business leaders to discuss trail connections, amenities, and possible names for the Emerald Necklace. Planning will continue throughout the summer and the proposed plan will be presented to City Council in September.
View the Emerald Necklace Trail Master Plan that was presented at the Public Meeting on July 24.
The $88,200 trail master plan cost is being privately underwritten by a $50,000 donation from JTC Running (JTC), as well as through grants from Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Giving Forward Community Endowment Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.