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    Pardon our dust – Hemming Park is being refurbished!

    August 11, 2017

    On April 11, 2017, Jacksonville City Council voted unanimously in favor of a 6-month contract extension and $175,000 earmarked for capital improvements for Hemming Park. These capital improvements – also made possible grants, private donations and community support – will to enable to Hemming Park to preserve the character of […]

    Jacksonville’s Oldest Public Park Gets A New Facelift During a Collaborative Beautification Project

    July 5, 2017

    IMPROVEMENTS CONTINUE Friends of Hemming Park, a nonprofit organization, was contracted by the City of Jacksonville in 2017 to manage its oldest public park. Since inception, placemaking projects were implemented along with scheduled amenities and programming. Significant improvements continue to be made, including friendly and visible ambassadors and dedicated security, […]

    Third Annual Asian Food Festival Returns to Hemming Park

    June 26, 2017

    Third Annual Asian Food Festival Returns to Hemming Park  Brings the Best Asian Cuisine Together for a Tasty Community Event JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 26, 2017 – Our Third Annual Asian Food Festival returns Saturday, July 8 from 5 – 9 p.m. in Hemming Park in Downtown Jacksonville.Enjoy authentic Asian and […]

    Citi and the National Recreation and Park Association Brings Global Community Day to Hemming Park

    May 31, 2017

    Citi and the National Recreation and Park Association Brings Global Community Day to Hemming Park With help from NRPA, Friends of Hemming Park and Citi employees will revitalize Hemming Park in Jacksonville, Florida through a community service day. JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 31, 2017 – On Saturday, June 24, Friends of […]

    NOTICE: Friends of Hemming Park Quarterly Stakeholders Meeting – June 15, 2017

    May 30, 2017

    QUARTERLY STAKEHOLDERS MEETING Please mark your calendar to join Friends of Hemming Park for the next Quarterly Stakeholders Meeting. Friends of Hemming Park will be hosting its Quarterly Stakeholders meeting which will provide updates for upcoming park plans, performance standards, financials, and scheduled events from June through September 2017.  Community […]

    HEMMING PARK HOSTS FLORIDA SPIRITS & COCKTAIL FESTIVAL

    May 11, 2017

    Downtown Festival Offers Unlimited Tastings from over a dozen Florida Distilleries JACKSONVILLE, FL., May 11, 2017 – Friends of Hemming Park will host their Florida Spirits & Cocktail Festival on Saturday, June 10 from 6 – 9 p.m. in Hemming Park. This event includes a ticketed tasting showcase featuring over a […]

    Hemming Park Announces May 2017 Programming & Events

    April 17, 2017

    Friends of Hemming Park is proud to host the following programs and events in Hemming Park located at 135 W. Monroe Street in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. All activities listed below are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. WEEKLY PROGRAMMING Monday – Friday: Food Trucks & […]

    Hemming Park Announces April 2017 Programming & Events

    March 20, 2017

    Friends of Hemming Park is proud to host the following programs and events in Hemming Park located at 135 W. Monroe Street in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. All activities listed below are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. WEEKLY PROGRAMMING Monday – Friday: Food Trucks & […]

    Hemming Park Announces March 2017 Programming & Events

    February 28, 2017

    Friends of Hemming Park is proud to host the following programs and events in Hemming Park located at 135 W. Monroe Street in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. All activities listed below are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. WEEKLY PROGRAMMING Monday – Friday: Food Trucks & […]

    Hemming Park Announces February 2017 Programming & Events

    January 17, 2017

    Friends of Hemming Park is proud to host the following programs and events in Hemming Park located at 135 W. Monroe Street in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. All activities listed below are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. WEEKLY PROGRAMMING Monday – Friday: Food Trucks & […]

    Vagabond Coffee Caravan is Hitting the Road

    December 22, 2016

    Will Morgan, the owner and operator of Vagabond Coffee Co., has announced that Friday, December 30 will be the coffee caravan’s last day in Hemming Park. “We’re sad to leave the park, but we know it’s time. The Vagabond Coffee Caravan came here in December 2014, and we’re ready to hit […]

    Hemming Park Announces January 2017 Programming & Events

    December 16, 2016

    Friends of Hemming Park is proud to host the following programs and events in Hemming Park located at 135 W. Monroe Street in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. All activities listed below are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Art Fusion with MOCA Jacksonville on Sunday, Jan. […]

    Art Republic Muralist Found Inspiration in Hemming Park

    December 6, 2016

    Art Republic Jax muralist Guido van Helten is an Australian artist whose breathtaking monochromatic portraits adorn walls around the world. For each site, Guido invests a lot of time and effort to develop his concept for a location – he visits the site or city, learns about its history, tradition and culture […]

    Fashion & Food Trucks Takeover Jaxsons Night Market, Dec. 15

    November 23, 2016

    Don’t miss the final Jaxsons Night Market of 2016 when fashion & food trucks takeover the market! Join us, Thursday, Dec. 15 from 5:30-9:00pm in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville at Hemming Park. Come shop local, eat local and celebrate what makes us uniquely Jaxsons including Jacksonville makers, artisanal food producers, […]

    December Art Fusion with MOCA Jacksonville, Dec. 4

    November 23, 2016

    This favorite family pastime moves to the outdoors the first Sunday of each month. Join one of MOCA Jacksonville’s professional art educators in Hemming Park for a hands-on art-making project inspired by the works in the Museum. This month’s project: Celebrate summer in December! Inspired by Joni Sternbach’s series “Surfland” […]

    2nd Annual Holidays in Hemming, Dec. 17

    November 18, 2016

    Friends of Hemming Park, Sweet Pete’s Candy and Fun 4 First Coast Kids invite kids of all ages to this FREE, family-friendly holiday event in Hemming Park on Saturday, Dec. 17! Enjoy train rides, a snow zone, scrumptious sweets, wintery crafts, ornament decorating, photos with Santa, holiday story time, live music […]

    Hemming Park Announces December 2016 Programming & Events

    November 15, 2016

    Friends of Hemming Park is proud to host the following programs and events in Hemming Park located at 135 W. Monroe Street in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. All activities listed below are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. WEEKLY PROGRAMMING Monday – Friday: Vagabond Coffee, 8 […]

    Hemming Park Announces November 2016 Programming & Events

    October 31, 2016

    Friends of Hemming Park is proud to host the following programs and events in Hemming Park located at 135 W. Monroe Street in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. All activities listed below are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. WEEKLY PROGRAMMING Monday – Friday: Vagabond Coffee, 8 […]

    Inaugural Beer, Bass & BBQ Festival Launches in Hemming Park

    September 29, 2016

    This Georgia-Florida weekend, Hybrid Marketing along with Power 106.1FM and WAPE 95.1FM invite you to the inaugural Beer, Bass and BBQ Festival in Downtown Jacksonville at Hemming Park. Beer, Bass & BBQ Festival Friday, October 28 from 4pm – Midnight (Free to attend) Saturday, October 28 from 12pm – Midnight (Free during the day, $15/30 […]

    Hemming Park Announces October 2016 Programming & Events

    September 21, 2016

    Friends of Hemming Park is proud to host the following programs and events in Hemming Park located at 135 W. Monroe Street in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. All activities listed below are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. WEEKLY PROGRAMMING Monday – Friday: Vagabond Coffee, 9 […]

    Charlie’s Cafe Re-Opens + Food Truck Survey

    September 21, 2016

    We’re excited to announce that Charlie’s Cafe in Hemming Park near the corner of Laura St. & Monroe St. will re-open on Monday, September 26 at 11 a.m. Monday – Friday Friends of Hemming Park programs local food trucks and live musicians in the park for Downtown employees, residents and […]

    Hemming Park Announces September 2016 Programming & Events

    September 1, 2016

    Friends of Hemming Park is proud to host the following programs and events in Hemming Park located at 135 W. Monroe Street in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. The programs and events listed below are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. WEEKLY PROGRAMMING Monday – Friday: Vagabond […]

    4th Annual Friday Night Live Festival Moves to Hemming Park

    August 30, 2016

    Jacksonville’s most unique festival dedicated to local music, arts, culture and community returns for another exciting year. The 4th Annual Friday Night Live! Music Festival (FNL) will take place in Hemming Park every Friday in September from 7–10 p.m. FNL is a five‐night, family‐ friendly event uniting cultures through music, […]

    FOHP Leadership Talk Future of Hemming Park on First Coast Connect

    August 8, 2016

    On Monday, August 8 interim CEO Bill Prescott and President of the Board Dr. Wayne Wood sat down with First Coast Connect host Melissa Ross to discuss the future of Hemming Park. Watch the video below.

    Jax Vision Care Sponsors Live Music in Hemming Park

    August 8, 2016

    Friends of Hemming Park (FOHP) recently stopped programming live music in Downtown’s central park during weekday lunch hours due to budget constraints and feedback from City Council that city dollars should not be spent on programming or events. Downtown optometrist Dr. Jeffrey Brown of Jax Vision Care quickly chimed in […]

    Friends of Hemming Park Announces New Leadership

    August 1, 2016

    This morning the Friends of Hemming Park (FOHP) board of directors announced a change in its leadership team. Bill Prescott, principal with Heritage Capital Group and former Jacksonville Jaguars CFO, will take over on a voluntary basis as the interim director of the nonprofit organization, following the resignation of CEO […]

    Hemming Park Announces August 2016 Programming & Events

    July 28, 2016

    Friends of Hemming Park is proud to host the following programs and events in Hemming Park located at 135 W. Monroe Street in the center of Downtown Jacksonville. The programs and events listed below are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. New this month, Yoga 4 Change […]

    New Strategies for the Future of Hemming Park

    July 19, 2016

    Friends of Hemming Park was created in 2014 to revitalize one of our city’s oldest treasures. Hemming Park, Jacksonville’s official public square and the “front door” to City Hall, had been desolate and underutilized for decades creating an eyesore in the heart of Downtown. As a small, startup nonprofit we’ve […]

    Hemming Park Announces July 2016 Programming & Events

    June 28, 2016

    The nonprofit organization Friends of Hemming Park will host the following programs and events in Hemming Park located at 135 W. Monroe Street in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. The programs and events listed below are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. WEEKLY PROGRAMMING Monday – Friday: […]

    Humans of Hemming: Denise Dermody

    June 17, 2016

    Denise Dermody, originally from Georgia, came to Jacksonville in 2015 after her husband passed away. She was able to stay with a friend for a few months, but eventually found herself at Trinity Rescue Mission. Determined to get her own place, she saved her money and in less than five months […]

    Behind the Scenes: Prince Tribute in Hemming Park

    June 9, 2016

    On Thursday, June 2 – just days after the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Festival and First Wednesday Art Walk – thousands of people were back in Hemming Park for a free community concert celebrating the life and music of Prince Rogers Nelson, the unparalleled musician and cultural icon, who passed away unexpectedly […]

    Hemming Park Announces June 2016 Programming & Events

    May 30, 2016

    The nonprofit organization Friends of Hemming Park is proud to host the following programs and events in Hemming Park located at 135 W. Monroe Street in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. The programs and events listed below are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. WEEKLY PROGRAMMING Monday […]

    City Council to Decide Hemming Park’s Fate

    May 23, 2016

      Tomorrow night Jacksonville City Council will vote on whether to release $250,000 in funding already earmarked for Friends of Hemming Park by Mayor Lenny Curry. These funds were intended to be released in February 2016, but have been withheld as we tried to negotiate a matching $250,000 donation from Community […]

    Preston Haskell Donates “Opposing Forces” to Hemming Park

    May 18, 2016

      On Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Preston Haskell donated “Opposing Forces,” a 15-foot-tall painted steel sculpture by Hanna Jubran, to Hemming Park. The outdoor sculpture was previously located at the corner of Laura St. & Forsyth St. as part of Jenny Hager’s Sculpture Walk Jax project. “I bought the piece from […]

    Humans of Hemming: Ron Westhausser

    May 12, 2016

    Ron Westhausser is a native New Yorker, but made his way to Jacksonville about six months ago to be closer to his mother. Starting in Nags Head, North Carolina, Ron walked 174 miles over nine days to Jacksonville, NC. From there he caught a ride to Atlanta, GA and took a […]

    Hemming Park Announces May 2016 Programming & Events

    April 26, 2016

    The nonprofit organization Friends of Hemming Park is proud to host the following programs and events in Hemming Park located at 135 W. Monroe Street in the center of Downtown Jacksonville. The programs and events listed below are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. WEEKLY PROGRAMMING Monday – […]

    Humans of Hemming: Paul & Emily Ivey

    April 26, 2016

    Meet Paul and Emily Ivey. Paul Ivey is a Jacksonville native and musician who has been playing guitar since the 6th grade when a friend needed a lead guitarist for his band. The first song he learned was Bad to the Bone. He now plays around town and in Hemming Park […]

    Jaxsons Night Market Celebrates Two Years Running

    April 20, 2016

    The April 2016 Jaxsons Night Market will mark two years since Jaxsons Night Market was created by Mike Field of Transform Jax. Presented by Community First Credit Union of Florida, this exciting Downtown night market is held every third Thursday of the month at Hemming Park from 5:30-9 p.m. Designed to compliment Art […]

    Free Concert: Strand of Oaks, March 26

    February 1, 2016

    Friends of Hemming Park and Flying Saucer Presents invite you to enjoy one of the nation’s most acclaimed bands of 2015, Strand of Oaks, live in concert, Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m. in Hemming Park. This free event marks the first of Hemming Park’s inaugural concert series hosted by the Friends […]

    Connecting People with Resources

    January 14, 2016

    My Name is Od’Juan 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!

    January 14, 2016

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

    2015 One Spark in Hemming Park

    January 14, 2016

    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 year’s 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

    January 14, 2016

    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

    January 14, 2016

    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 […]

    Let’s Move Jacksonville Forward Together

    January 14, 2016

    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

    January 14, 2016

    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

    January 14, 2016

    Friends of Hemming Park is proud to announce two new community partners that will bring major improvements to our city’s 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

    January 14, 2016

    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 […]

    Change Takes Time

    December 1, 2014

    From our CEO, Vince Cavin: We at Hemming Park have been working tirelessly to put together programming and amenities that the public will enjoy. After two brainstorming sessions with the community, meetings with JSO, the Parks and Recreation department, cultural creatives, and institutions of all types, we are well on […]