By: Amanda Gibson
Not originally being from Jacksonville, I always try to think of where I would take my out-of-town friends and family. Not only that, but I love to ask myself the question…
If I only had one more day in Jacksonville, what all would I do?
In my mind, I cram pack a fun filled day of all my favorite places. One of the places I always take my friends (and myself) to is Treaty Oak Park. Located on the outskirts of downtown is a park with a tree for its focal point. Not just any tree – a HUGE tree. This tree is estimated to be over 250 years old. It surely shows its age through its long limbs that stretch out like the tentacles of a sea creature.
Now, it’s not just me that loves the history that these limbs hold; the city does too! This tree is well taken care of. In 2011 the city invested a good portion of their budget into this park by adding new sidewalks, new decking, landscaping, and benches. There’s many components that come up to make a city desirable, and our parks are one of them.
With a total of 390 parks inside of Jacksonville I highly suggest making one of your first park stops to Treaty Oak Jessie Ball DuPont Park. Take a bike ride through the city with a picnic stop here soaking in our gorgeous weather and nice shade. Not only is this a free outing, but it’s simple and relaxing.
For more information about the park feel free to check out Downtown Jacksonville’s page.
Originally posted 2013-12-10 08:27:51.