In April 2016, one half of the park was designated for a community garden. It is the first of its kind in Jacksonville and today operates as a public-private partnership between the City of Jacksonville’s Parks and Recreational department and Riverside Avondale Preservation.
The Community Garden was designed by Dorina Bakari of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) as part of an Emerging Professionals Design Professionals (EDP) contest. Ms. Bakari’s serpentine design features a curving horizontal wall made of slatted wood that ranges in height along Park and Azalea street. The curves’ undulations create public seating, with benches constructed into both the interior and exterior curves. The Garden was built by a group of dedicated gardeners and residents who have volunteered thousands of hours towards making this amenity a reality. We thank them for their vision, dedication, and service to their community.
For more information, please follow this link: https://riversideavondale.org/community-garden/