January 9, 2019


Friends of Hemming Park

Contact: Damien Lamar Robinson

Director of Office Administration



Hemming Park Announces Events & Programming for January 2019

Friends of Hemming Park introduces Walking Club  January 10th; hosts Women’s March on January 19th

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., January 9, 2018 – 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.


Food Trucks, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Monday through Friday)

Live Music, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

Kids Zone, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.




Hemming Park Walking Club (Kick-Off), 11:30 a.m.

Beginning Thursday, January 10th, join us every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 a.m. for a fast-paced 30-minute walk in downtown Jacksonville, led by Friends of Hemming Park staff. We will meet near the “Opposing Forces” sculpture in Hemming Park at the corner of  Monroe and Laura Streets. Our route will change daily, and we will visit a variety of Jacksonville landmarks during this fun, free, twice-weekly event. For more information, email


Sudanese Community of Jacksonville’s “Rally for Peace in Sudan” –  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Sub-tribal groups represented across Jacksonville from North and South Sudan will meet in Hemming Park to explore how they can work together to unite as one community to foster harmony and peacefully condemn the aggressive and brutal behavior of the Sudan government security service. Members of the local community are invited to attend to learn more about human rights violations in Sudan and to meet their Sudanese neighbors.



Women’s March of Jacksonville –  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Women’s March Jacksonville will lead our community in another powerful day of action,  to fight against social injustice, violence, and for the total equality of women and marginalized groups. Attendees will gather in Hemming Park; march to the Supervisor of Elections Office on Monroe Street;  and return to Hemming Park to close out the rally with speakers and entertainment by Mama Blue and DJ Autrelle. Food trucks including Bayou a Po Boy and Chaunie’s Coffee will be on hand. For more information, visit



Hemming Park Birthday Celebration, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Help us celebrate the 153rd birthday of Jacksonville’s most historic public space. Join us in the park to talk about upcoming events and enjoy complimentary birthday cake (while supplies last!) with live music by Lauren Fincham and food truck fare from Pinegrove Deli and Latin Soul Grille.



Freedom Friday with Rethreaded, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.  On Friday, January 25th Friends of Hemming Park teams up with Rethreaded and other community partners to share information about Jacksonville programs that are assisting the victims of human trafficking.  Join us for lunch in the park to celebrate survivors and learn more about what you can do to help.



Friends of Hemming Park Quarterly Community Meeting, 5 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

We will provide a year-in-review and a look ahead at 2019 plans for the park, including our complete schedule of events.  Please come prepared to share your ideas for how we can continue to improve Hemming Park: we welcome your input! Friends of the park, downtown residents and business owners and anyone interested in Jacksonville’s urban core is encouraged to attend this important community meeting. Join us for refreshments at 5 p.m. The meeting will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.


About Friends of Hemming Park (FOHP)

Friends of Hemming Park is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming Jacksonville’s oldest park into a modern, urban space that engages diverse communities and brings vitality to our city’s public square. To learn more about the park and upcoming events, visit