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​Jacksonville, FL (May 11, 2021) – In an effort to support the Veterans of our City, Council Member Becton along with fellow council members: Bowman, White, Freeman and Diamond, Co-Introduced Bill 2021-212 to create a new pilot program entitled “Military and Veterans Appreciation Program”. This program would provide for reduced park admission by 50% for Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park and Huguenot Memorial Park to all active military service members and veterans, regardless of residency in Jacksonville. In order to qualify, the service member or veteran must produce at the park entrance a State Issued Military Id or a DD214 ID.

This program is to run from June 1, 2021 thru May 31, 2022 with the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department tracking the number of active military service members and veterans which participate in the program. If successful, the program in future legislation could be made permanent.

Our city is always looking for ways to support our service men and women”, Council Member Becton stated. “This opportunity to open up our Parks to those who serve and to reduce the cost for access, is just a small token for which we desire to express that gratitude”, Becton added. “It is our hope that families of our military will take advantage of this program, so that a year from now, it will prove to have been successful and the need to make it permanent is overwhelmingly needed”, Council member Becton concluded.

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, located at 500 Wonderwood Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32233, offers some of the most scenic and popular trails in Northeast Florida. More than 13 Miles of off-Road bike trails have something to offer to all skill levels, including the more challenging bike trails characterized by lots of tight turns, short hills and exposed roots. Also, within the park, a playground that is themed with a natural playscape centered around a large custom treehouse which is home to hidden squirrels, owls and bears, offering slides, climbing, spinners and a hideout. A Zipline can be found between the trees with views of the splash pad which rounds out the fun at Hanna.

In addition to those fun amenities, Hanna Park offers camping with more than 300 sites set in a wooded area that is easily accessible by paved roads. RV, tents and rustic cabin camping are available.

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Huguenot Memorial Park, located at 10980 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226, offers waterfront campsites, a bird observation area, and gorgeous views of some of North Florida`s remaining natural areas await visitors on an ocean front setting. Driving on the Beach is permitted but has plenty of parking on the family beach and in designated parking areas for those looking to take in all the park amenities. In addition to the natural beauty of the area, the park also offers swimming, fishing, surfing, a boat launch area, picnic shelters, restrooms, and shower facilities to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Camping is ability for RVs and tents.

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