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1620 Marco Place
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Date visited: 11-21-2010
Amenities offered at this park:
2 - Multiuse Field
2 - Trash Barrels
Park Type: Neighborhood
FEC Park resides in the San Marco section of South Jacksonville, in an area that comprised part of a plantation established around 1800 by early pioneer William Craig. The City of South Jacksonville, which existed as a separate municipality from 1907 to 1932, purchased the park site in 1929 from a firm owned by Brown Whatley and Joseph Davin, the premiers developers of South Jacksonville during the 1930’s. The privilege of naming the new park was accorded the South Jacksonville Woman’s Club, and its members chose the name Southside Athletic Field. Eventually the name was changed to FEC Park, in honor of the Florida East Coast Railroad, which maintained an extensive railroad yard and passenger depot in South Jacksonville for many years. The rail line passes adjacent to the park, which consists of a large open field with scattered oaks, sycamores, palms, and pines.
My thoughts on this Park:
Wow, this is a great park, not high on amenities but quiet and beautiful. In my time here I saw at least a half a dozen folks walking their dogs and one guy playing Frisbee with his dog. They had planted some new trees along the walkway and they were still staked up. There are a lot of magnificent shade trees here as well. There was also a guy chipping golf balls, the multiuse fields here are HUGE. JEA has some sort of pumping station here but it is well concealed with plant material. This would be a great place to drag a lawn chair to read a book or just watch as folks use the place.
Park Patron comments:
I did not talk to anyone while I was here
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