The Groundwork Jacksonville Green Team Youth Corps recently debuted “The 400 Project – Honoring the Enslaved Voices of Kingsley Plantation” at the annual Kingsley Heritage Celebration. The virtual event, held on Saturday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 27, celebrated African heritage and honored the enslaved that lived at Kingsley Plantation located within Timucuan Ecological and…

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Groundwork Jacksonville has been awarded a $294,000 grant from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and AT&T, earmarked for the preliminary (30%) design of the Hogans Creek restoration. The goal of the resiliency project is to reduce flooding, improve water quality, restore habitat and provide…

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Groundwork Jacksonville (GWJax) is the recipient of a $718,809 grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida General Planning Support Program. The grant will enable GWJax to create an ecologically based watershed restoration and management plan for the McCoys Creek and Hogans Creek watersheds that identifies specific remedies to reduce flooding, improve water…

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The Inaugural VyStar Emerald Trail 5K on November 21, drew more than 450 participants, including nearly 100 on bicycles, to downtown for a glimpse of what will become a portion of the 30-mile Emerald Trail. Thanks to JTC Running for underwriting all the race expenses so that $16,452 in race fees came directly to GWJax…

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Groundwork Jacksonville (GWJax) is pleased to welcome Ann-Marie Knight and Steve Swann to its volunteer Board of Directors. Knight is Vice President, Community Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer for University of Florida (UF) Health Jacksonville and Swann is City Engineer for the City of Atlantic Beach, Fla. According to Groundwork Jacksonville Board Chair Kristina Nelson,…

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JTC Running, Northeast Florida’s preeminent promoter of healthy lifestyles through running, fitness, and fellowship, donated $50,000 to GWJax to help fund the design of the Emerald Trail S-Line Connector which completes an unfinished 1.3-mile section of the existing S-Line Rail Link from 12th St. and Boulevard near Andrew Robinson Elementary School, to E. 21st St.…

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The Groundwork Jacksonville Green Team Youth Corps joined Timucuan Parks Foundation recently for a day of outdoor fun. TPF hosted 22 teens from the group at Dutton Island Preserve where they participated in a nature hike, fishing and outdoor cooking. The event marked the partial resumption of outdoor programming for TPF who modified the day’s…

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Groundwork Jacksonville unveiled the design of the Emerald Trail Model Project — the first segment of the Emerald Trail linking Brooklyn to the S-Line Rail Link through LaVilla. Construction of the project, named the “LaVilla Link,” will begin this fall and take a year to complete at an estimated construction cost of $3.9 million. According…

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Who would have predicted that unsettling phrases like COVID-19, social distancing and self-quarantine would become part of our everyday conversations? It is certainly not business-as-usual for our team at Groundwork Jacksonville (GWJax), but we are working diligently to adapt to these unprecedented circumstances and to keep moving forward in accomplishing our mission of Changing Places…

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