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Confederate Park (Jacksonville)

Confederate Park (formerly Dignam Park until 1914) is a public park in Jacksonville, Florida, on the southern bounds of the historic neighborhood of Springfield. It is part of a network of parks that parallel Hogan's Creek.

Confederate Park
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Confederate Park
TypeMunicipal (Parks & Recreation Department)
LocationJacksonville, Florida
Coordinates30°20′02″N 81°39′16″W / 30.33389°N 81.65444°W / 30.33389; -81.65444
Area6.01 acres (24,300 m2)
Created1907
Operated byCity of Jacksonville
StatusOpen all year

HistoryEdit

Confederate Park was opened in 1907 as Dignan Park, named for a former chairman of the city's Board of Public Works. It was the first Jacksonville city park to include a playground.[1]

In 1914, Jacksonville hosted the annual reunion of the United Confederate Veterans, with estimated attendance of about 8,000 former Confederate soldiers. The UCV chose the park as the location for a new monument to honor the Women of the Southland, and five months after the reunion the city renamed the park "Confederate Park." Florida's Tribute to the Women of the Confederacy, a monument/statue, was erected in 1915.

The Confederate Playground east of Confederate Park was originally a part of Confederate Park, but was used for military training during World Wars I and II. It is now a dog park.[2]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Urban Parks: Confederate Park, Metro Jacksonville website
  2. ^ City of Jacksonville, Department of Recreation and Community website

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