James Weldon Johnson Park (formerly Hemming Park)

Downtown Jacksonville’s central park is cultivating growth—of the arts, culture, and downtown.

Our oldest city park - James Weldon Johnson Park (formerly Hemming Park), located in the heart of Downtown and just across the street from City Hall, is more than 160 years old. It was first established as a public square by Jacksonville's founder Isaiah D. Hart around 1857. Learn about the park history here. James Weldon Johnson Park has had many transformations, ultimately becoming a cultural and entertainment family hub with daily programming, food trucks, and special events every weekend.

With so much to experience, getting to James Weldon Johnson Park is a must-do. There is public parallel parking and nearby garages around this Downtown landmark. You can also take the JTA Skyway with a stop right at James Weldon Johnson Park. Even if you aren’t coming to the park for an event, you can still sit and enjoy its beauty and activities. With an outdoor play area, the kids can be kept entertained while you sip on a coffee or drink from nearby shops and food trucks. With plenty of outdoor seating available, you can bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. With so much around the park, take some time to explore Sweet Pete’s, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the Main Library and much more.

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The Friends of James Weldon Johnson 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.

James Weldon Johnson Park 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.