Historic Parks

John Murray Forbes Park

2700 St. Johns Ave.

John Murray Forbes’ Park is a three block (.18 acre) at 1881 Powell Place, a secluded riverfront promenade, tucked away behind Riverside’s Ascension St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Named for John Murray Forbes, the area provides a scenic respite for hospital staff, visitors, and neighborhood walkers.

John Murray Forbes was a Boston investor, who in 1868, purchased 500 acres known as “Dell’s Bluff” and platted this land as a suburban neighborhood named Riverside. “My next best operation as it now looks was the purchase just after the war of five hundred acres of land just south of and adjoining Jacksonville, then known as Yellow Bluff, and now called Riverside,” said Forbes.

Landscaping is currently being updated following adjacent construction.


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