Like McCoys Creek, Hogans Creek suffers from years of pollution and neglect. The creek, which flows from the S-Line just north of UF Health Campus south to the St. Johns River, floods Klutho and Springfield Parks and adjacent streets during heavy rains. Within Klutho Park, the once scenic promenade and “grand canal” built by Henry Klutho and engineer Charles Imeson in 1929 is an eyesore.
The Trail Master Plan includes improving the crossing conditions along existing Hogans Creek greenway and enhancing the overall quality of the greenway to match the established design standard for the entire Emerald Trail system.
As part of the trail master plan, Groundwork Jacksonville is partnering with the City of Jacksonville and design/engineering firm Halff to develop the Hogans Creek Restoration plan. The goal is to reduce flooding, improve water quality and provide access and recreational opportunities along the creek. Preliminary plans are currently being shared with the community to gather input that will be incorporated into the iterative design process.
What do residents want to see Hogans Creek become? Click here to view results of a recent community survey.
Improving the water quality and habitat of Hogans Creek to make it accessible once again for fishing, kayaking and recreation will be an extensive process. Groundwork is committed to working with the City to make Hogans Creek a glistening jewel of the Emerald Trail once envisioned by Klutho.
The Emerald Trail Master Plan proposes to connect the Hogans Creek Greenway to the S-Line Rail Trail and to daylight the creek on the UF Health campus.