Hemming Park was one of six organizations selected to receive a $100,000 grant from Southwest Airlines' Heart of the Community program, which gives public spaces the ability to "reimagine and activate" their area.
In addition to Jacksonville, Southwest awarded grants to public spaces in Fort Myers, Florida; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Portland, Maine and St. Louis, Missouri. It hopes to allow these urban spaces to thrive.
"We are thrilled to have been selected as a 2015 grant recipient with the Heart of the Community program and we look forward to working with Southwest Airlines, PPS and our local community," Friends of Hemming Park's executive director, Vince Cavin, said in a news release.
"With this generous support, we will continue to reimagine and reinvent Hemming Park as an exciting and inviting public space for everyone living in or visiting Jacksonville."
Friends of Hemming Park has been leading a long-term effort to transform the space for the better, including transitioning the name from Hemming Plaza to Hemming Park.
Original Article Written By: Alexa Epitropoulos
Jacksonville Business Journal