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Our oldest city park - Hemming Park, located in the heart of Downtown and just across the street from City Hall, is 160 years old. It was first established as a public square by the City’s founder Isaiah D. Hart around 1857. Known then as City Park and then St. James Park, it was renamed Hemming Park in 1899 to honor Civil War veteran Charles C. Hemming, who donated the park’s Confederate monument (the City’s oldest and tallest) the previous year. Since then, Hemming Park has had many transformations, ultimately becoming a cultural and entertainment family hub with daily programming, food trucks, and special events every weekend. With many events, festivals and performances taking place in the park on a regular basis, there is always activity in this park. When you arrive to the park, there is parallel parking and nearby garages. You can also take the JTA Skyway with a stop right at Hemming Park. Even if you aren’t coming to the park for an event, the park is still very enjoyable. With an outdoor play area, the kids can be kept entertain while you sip on your coffee from Vagabond. With plenty of outdoor seating available, bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. With so much around the park, take some time exploring other areas such as Sweet Pete’s, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), The Main Library and much more. Interested in a visit to Hemming Park? Check out the latest Hemming Park news.
The Friends of Hemming Park are the nonprofit overseeing the area’s improvement and programming.
The Park includes two performance stages; Charlie’s Cafe, an outdoor dining area; a Kids’ Zone with whimsical sculptural seating and turf play area; beautiful new landscaping; and several public art projects. Regular programming includes live music and food trucks each Monday through Friday; children’s activities; and weekend festivals and markets.
Hemming Park is full of events through the year, between ArtWalk, festivals, weekly musicians, Food Trucks and yoga in the park--you're bound to find something fun to do. Check out their calendar of events for when your traveling to Jacksonville.