Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225  

News Release

Thanks to donors, the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens now has a permanent ADA-accessible paved path for mobility-impaired visitors, representing a $50,000 investment

Jacksonville, Fla. (July 20, 2020) Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens (JAG) staff, board members and volunteers, along Jacksonville City Councilman Al Ferraro and key donors, took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in June to thank funders of the new ADA-accessible path along the south loop of the arboretum’s lake and to announce the path’s official name: The South Loop Ravine Overlook.
“The board especially thanks long-time volunteer and supporter Marcia Mederos and her family for providing the lead gift, all the individuals who donated during our 2018 annual holiday appeal and the Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund at the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, which provided a $9,000 match,” said JAG Board Chairman Ron Whittington.

Whittington was joined by Mederos in cutting a ceremonial blue ribbon to ‘officially’ open the path as the sign for the new path was unveiled.

The project, which cost more than $50,000 to complete, involved major grading along the path to ensure people using wheelchairs or other visitors with mobility-impairments can navigate down to the pavilion area more easily and safely. A1 Coastal Paving completed the paving project, representing the first major capital investments at the arboretum since it opened to the public in 2008.
The asphalt path is just over 1,000 feet long and is an average of 10 feet wide. As part of the project, JAG extended its reclaimed-water irrigation system underneath paved area so it can be accessed later as new gardens are established.

“All these donations to our capital campaign made this path a reality, and we hope this will be the first of many projects coming up to provide more garden spots and amenities for our visitors to enjoy,” said JAG Executive Director Dana Doody.

For more information, or to donate to other planned improvements at JAG, contact Doody at danad@jacksonvillearboretum.org.

About the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, located at 1445 Millcoe Rd., is open to the public seven days a week starting at 8 a.m. The arboretum’s mission is to cultivate a unique environment for recreation, education and inspiration for residents and visitors to the Jacksonville area. Located on 120 acres of scenic property, the venue amenities include a paved parking area, an accessible lake loop with gardens and five other maintained trails, benches, boardwalks, scenic overlooks and picnic tables– and offers a free, guided nature
walk at 9:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month.

For more information, visit www.jacksonvillearboretum.org, email info@jacksonvillearboretum.org or call 904-318-4342.

Media Contact: Cheryl Munn (904) 631-3555 or CherylMunn@comcast.net.

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