The Emerald Necklace is a nationally recognized centerpiece attracting people to Jacksonville. It connects urban core neighborhoods that are valued as vital and desirable places to live, work, and visit. Jacksonville’s urban core neighborhoods are economically diverse and economically healthy. Urban core neighborhoods have a community ethic of active living and an outdoor orientation. Working together, neighbors are engaged in creating and sustaining their clean environment.


 #Day60of366 Presentation to the Community



Our Mission

Our mission is to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being. Our mission has been formally adopted by our governing board and is shared with the other 22 Groundwork Trusts across the country.


Our Values


  • We create a safe environment for meaningful dialogue.
  • We say what we mean and mean what we say.
  • We have fun as a way to build a sense of community.

Meaningful work/Responsiveness

  • We listen to understand.
  • We respond to the needs of the community.
  • We work to improve people’s lives in a meaningful way.


  • We look for innovative ways to solve community issues.
  • We ask different questions in different ways.
  • We inspire others to be part of their community’s success.

Change agent (creating a culture of change)

  • We are committed to action.
  • We are committed to work with, not in community.
  • We foster the power in people for use in their own lives, their communities, and society.


  • We base our decisions on research.
  • We monitor and evaluate the impact of our work.
  • We earn credibility by showing impact.


Our Major Program Areas

  • Open space and environmental improvement
  • Education and workforce training
  • Healthy food and active living


Our Current Initiatives

  • Development of a bio-diversity corridor demonstration project on the S-Line
  • Reuse of brownfields for greenspace utilizing phytoremediation practices along the S-Line and Hogans Creek
  • Development of a neighborhood bioswale/ rain garden project plan as a storm water management demonstration project in Klutho Park and/or on city-owned vacant lots
  • Development of a neighborhood tree planting strategy to plant the right trees, in the right places for the right reasons
  • Plan and implement an open-air public market on A. Philip Randolph Boulevard to spur urban agriculture innovation


Strategic Milestones

  • Groundworkers for the S-Line Steering Committee will implement all short term recommendations from the 2015 community charrette
  • Groundwork Jacksonville will hold monthly S-Line Ride-A-Long to raise awareness of the S-Line
  • Groundwork Jacksonville will establish a separate non-profit to manage brownfield or remediated real estate to advance the completion of the Emerald Necklace
  • Groundwork Jacksonville leadership will conduct a market analysis and develop a business plan to create a professional service-driven LLC
  • Groundwork Jacksonville will plan, implement and evaluate an urban reforestation plan
  • Groundwork Jacksonville will plan, convene and study equitable development of Hogans Creek Greenway
  • Groundwork Jacksonville will research, plan and implement a biodiversity strategy to clean up of Hogans Creek
  • Groundwork Jacksonville will plan, convene and study equitable development of McCoys Creek Greenway
  • Groundwork Jacksonville will research, plan and implement a biodiversity strategy to clean up of McCoys Creek
  • Groundwork Jacksonville and partners will coordinate a major bike/ped/marathon event showcasing the Emerald Necklace and S-Line
  • Groundworkers for the Public Market Steering Committee will implement two public market seasons along A. Philip Randolph Boulevard
  • Groundwork Jacksonville leadership will scale the organization to include a Program Assistant, Project Director and Landscape Architect
  • Groundwork Jacksonville will plan, develop and execute two Green Team Summer Apprenticeship Cohorts each summer
  • Groundwork Jacksonville will develop and manage a Green Team Advisory Board
  • Groundwork Jacksonville will select a member of the Green Team Youth Corp to serve as a liaison to the Groundwork Jacksonville Board of Directors
  • Groundwork Jacksonville will plan, coordinate and implement at least four Groundwork Jacksonville community service events annually
  • Groundwork Jacksonville will develop a partnership with a local University to create a Green Team Workforce Corps for adults