For over a century, the Jacksonville Shipyards were home to one of the City’s most prosperous economic resources and largest shipbuilding operations on the East coast. Though the site closed in 1996 and has struggled to redefine itself, the City recently committed to a long-term redevelopment plan which includes a luxury hotel, Performance Center for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the new home of the Museum of Science and History. Soon, the public space will allow residents and visitors alike to gather, explore nature and play, learn about Jacksonville, and simply hang out by the vibrant waterfront.
Building from our work on the Jacksonville Riverfront Activation (link), DVDL is working alongside a team of designers and engineers, led by Agency Planning + Landscape and with WXY, to develop a world-class riverfront park on the western end of the Downtown Shipyards area. The park is overseen by the Downtown Investment Authority and the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department. DVDL is contributing to the public input process, as well as advising on public space activation strategy and program content and development.