Connecting People with Resources

My Name is OdJuan Whitfield and I am the social services specialist in Hemming Park. I connect people in the park who are in need and refer them to appropriate agencies that address their needs. I am grateful for having the opportunity to express what I feel and see in […]

Hemming is Happening!

Hemming Park is an event destination! Theres nothing to do in Jacksonville. I hear this more often than I should because theres so much happening in this city. For instance, if youve not heard, theres a new spot for events in Downtown Jacksonville: Hemming Park! Friends of Hemming Park (FOHP) […]

2015 One Spark in Hemming Park

320,500 people. That was the final count from One Spark HQ on the total number of attendees who flocked to downtown Jacksonville during this years six-day, live crowdfunding festival. They also reported 117,169 votes for creator projects, $93,324.45 in direct contributions to creator projects (up by 75% from last year) […]

Hemming Park Receives $100,000 Grant from Southwest Airlines

We are very excited to announce we just received a $100,000 grant from Southwest Airlines as part of their 2015 Heart of the Community placemaking program with Project for Public Spaces (PPS). We were selected as one of six public spaces across the country to receive the grant and recently […]

Update on FOHP Financial Status

As you may have read, the City of Jacksonville stopped its most recent payment of $150,000 to our nonprofit, Friends of Hemming Park, stating that concessions and other park revenues totaling $96,000 would not be counted toward our fundraising goal of $250,000. Today Councilman Bill Gulliford introduced an amendment to […]

Lets Move Jacksonville Forward Together

A Letter from our CEO Vince Cavin: As we near our anniversary as stewards of Hemming Park, my team and I want to say thank you to everyone who has attended a special event, joined us for their lunch break, enjoyed a free public program, or told a friend about […]

Pajics Extend $75,000 Gift Challenge

Today in Hemming Park, Jacksonville philanthropists Steve and Anne Pajcic presented a $75,000 challenge gift meant to inspire others to support efforts to revitalize Hemming Park, to Dr. Wayne Wood, Friends of Hemming Park board president, and Vince Cavin, Friends of Hemming Park CEO. Friends of Hemming Park has done […]

New Community Partners and Improvements Announced for 2016

Friends of Hemming Park is proud to announce two new community partners that will bring major improvements to our citys central park in 2016. Community First Credit Union will work with Friends of Hemming Park on the development of a main stage near Hogan St., and Black Sheep Restaurant Group […]

Community First Renews Sponsorship of Jaxsons Night Market

Community First Credit Union of Florida has renewed its sponsorship of Jaxsons Night Market, a local craft and artisan entrepreneur market held in Hemming Park every third Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The downtown market attracts more than 3,000 attendees each month and features handpicked items […]