For several years a group of dedicated citizens approached City Council requesting a dog park at the Ed Austin Regional Park. The City Council eventually approved the addition of a dog park in the Ed Austin master plan and the Recreation and Parks Department granted the community permission to clear by hand approximately 4 acres of heavy brush, vines and small trees. This work used community volunteers in lieu of labor paid for by tax payers. The park still relies on volunteers to keep it moving forward, clean, healthy, and peaceful.Add Ed Austin Regional Park to your Jacksonville travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Jacksonville itinerary website .
Phase one was the clearing process. Volunteers worked hard to complete this portion while also building a strong dog park community to demonstrate to City Council our broad based community support for this project. Nothing spoke louder to politicians than citizens willing to volunteer time and effort to offset what would otherwise be taxpayer expense! This activity paved the way towards phase two, pursuing funding options with the city for water, fencing, and concrete. Now, we are open.
It was important that we harnessed all our enthusiasm to raise support and clear the woods so City Council would see just how valuable this park would be to us, to the city, and to the taxpayers who love dogs.
Even now that the park is open, there are still many ways to get involved! Please contact us if you are willing and able to provide "Time, Talent, and/or Treasure" to keep this great accomplishment moving ahead, growing, and developing past our own community and into others. Let the city know how far you commute in Jacksonville to get to a dog park. They regularly need to hear what an important community building concept dog parks really are. We encourage other areas of Jacksonville to follow us, but also rally your own citizens and work towards getting more dog parks in our great town!
Ed Austin Regional Park Reviews
I have gone to Ed Austin Park several times with my friends and their young children. It’s a great park with multiple activity areas. We enjoy just walking around and enjoying the beautiful weather in... more »
Lots to do in the park. Great walking trails. They have a wonderful senior center located within the park. Lots of actives for the kids. Also PAL has a location in the park. more »
What a beautiful course to play!! And super fun too!! Would highly recommend playing here if you are in the area!! The layout here is perfect! Took me an hour to get there but I'll be going back soon for sure!!!!
Many different things to do at this park. Soccer fields, disc golf, playground area, walking trails.. you get the idea! Lots of open space and plenty of parking spots. The playground area could use a bit of a revamp but it's a great area.
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