The Jacksonville Jaguars, officials from LISC Jacksonville and Northwest Jacksonville CDC joined Mayor Lenny Curry in celebrating the recently completed renovations at Yancey Park in the Forestview area. The ceremony took place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15.
Yancey Park is one of twelve parks that the Jaguars and LISC Jacksonville have helped revitalize in the city to provide healthy recreational alternatives for children living in our urban core communities.
The renovation project highlights include the park's new 419 Bermuda grass turf fields and a new scoreboard. The park also received a new irrigation system and other improvements.
The park's recent improvements were funded in part by a $100,000 grant from the NFL's Grassroots initiative and the City invested $100,000 to leverage the grant. The NFL Foundation has awarded more than 3 million dollars in grants to 14 communities across the country, and Jacksonville was selected as part of this program.
"The goal of the program is to provide non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields," stated Marcus Pollard, Director of Player Engagement and Youth Football.
"We know that Yancey Park is more than just a park for this community," said Janet Owens, president of LISC Jacksonville. "We are proud to have played a role in facilitating positive change for children and families who use this space to learn and grow together."