Emerald Trail

VyStar Emerald Trail 5K Nov. 21

October 15, 2020

The inaugural VyStar Emerald Trail 5K presented by JTC Running and 1st Place Sports will be Sat., Nov. 21, 2020 and give runners, walkers and cyclists an up-close look at multiple points of interest along a portion of what will become the Emerald Trail. All proceeds benefit Groundwork Jacksonville in designing the Emerald Trail, the…

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Groundwork Unveils Emerald Trail Model Project Design

June 18, 2020

Groundwork Jacksonville unveiled the design of the Emerald Trail Model Project — the first segment of the Emerald Trail linking Brooklyn to the S-Line Rail Link through LaVilla. Construction of the project, named the “LaVilla Link,” will begin this fall and take a year to complete at an estimated construction cost of $3.9 million. According…

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GWJax and Partners Celebrate Completion TD Green Space Grant to Beautify the Emerald Trail

March 4, 2020

On Mon. March 2, Groundwork Jacksonville (GWJax) and the City of Jacksonville (City), along with TD Bank Group (TD), the Arbor Day Foundation and community partners celebrated the completion of a $20,000 TD Green Space grant that GWJax and the City’s Urban Forestry unit were awarded last spring from TD and the Arbor Day Foundation.…

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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s 2020 Doppelt Fund Grant Awarded to GWJax for Emerald Trail Model Project

February 4, 2020

Groundwork Jacksonville is one of just six recipients nationwide, of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) 2020 Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund grants that support regional and community trail-development goals. Groundwork was awarded $30,000 for the construction of the Model Project, the first segment of the 30-mile Emerald Trail urban pedestrian/bicycle trail in Jacksonville. The 1.3-mile Model…

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John Delaney and Ennis Davis Join GWJax Board of Directors

October 31, 2019

Groundwork Jacksonville (GWJax) is pleased to welcome two familiar faces to its growing Board of Directors, former Mayor John Delaney and urban planner/historian Ennis Davis. Ennis Davis has been a valued volunteer for GWJax, sharing the stories of Jacksonville’s historic Emerald Trail neighborhoods. Davis is senior planner with Alfred Benesch & Company, serving as in-house…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Larry Roberts, JTC Running

October 29, 2019

Retired from a 41-year career in global transportation and logistics with Sea-Land and CSX, Larry Roberts now devotes much of his time to transportation issues on a more personal level through JTC Running and other volunteer efforts. Soon after moving to Jacksonville in 1992, Larry joined the Board of JTC Running (JTC), the nonprofit responsible…

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Groundwork Jacksonville Announces Emerald Trail Co-Champions, Major Donors and Challenge Grant that Will Take Organization to First $1 Million in Trail Funding

August 26, 2019

Groundwork Jacksonville (GWJax) announced exciting progress in its mission to build the Emerald Trail within the next 10 years during a news conference at City Hall Aug. 26, including new corporate ambassadors, major donors and a presentation to Mayor Lenny Curry representing the group’s first commitment to the design of the Emerald Trail Model Project.…

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Groundwork Jacksonville Awarded $357,280 NOAA Grant for McCoys Creek Restoration

August 15, 2019

Groundwork Jacksonville (GWJax) announced today that the local environmental trust was awarded $357,280 through the Community-based Restoration Program of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries). The grant will take Phase 2 of the McCoys Creek restoration plan from 30% to 100% design, which includes daylighting the creek under the…

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Glacier National Park is Cool Experience for Green Team Youth

August 3, 2019

This July, four team members had the adventure of a lifetime. Shelly Banks, Cedrick Burton, Zharia Bowles and Ella Humphries joined GWJax’s program manager Shanell Davis-Bryant for a week at Glacier National Park in Montana where they joined the Green Team Youth Corps from Groundwork Milwaukee. As part of the Groundwork USA’s efforts to maintain…

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Groundwork Jacksonville and North Florida Land Trust Enter into Agreement to Conserve Urban Land

July 16, 2019

Two well-respected environmental conservation organizations have teamed up to protect and preserve land in downtown Jacksonville. Groundwork Jacksonville (GWJax) and North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in which NFLT will assist GWJax in identifying, acquiring and rehabilitating parcels of land for conservation within the urban core of Jacksonville. According…

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