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  • published Throwback Baseball Game in Events 2024-01-31 06:13:19 -0500

    Throwback Baseball Game


    The Fourth of July Throwback Baseball Game presented by M&M Homes returns for its 17th year! In this Historic Springfield tradition, Eastside and Westside residents battle it out on the baseball field to determine which side is the true champion. Come enjoy the day with turn-of-the-century throwback uniforms, equipment, umpires, announcer, and competitive fanfare.

    All are welcome at this free, family-friendly event at Klutho Park’s Heritage Field (204 W 3rd Street). Limited bleacher seating is available and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and tents. Picnics and tailgating encouraged. Food trucks will be onsite, beverages available for purchase at the SPAR Bar, and merchandise for sale at the SPAR Tent. Restrooms with running water are available in the park.


    10:00 AM

    Pre-Game Festivities

    10:40 AM

    Opening Ceremonies & National Anthem performed by Ebbtides Barbershop Quartet

    11:00 AM

    First Pitch & Play Ball!

    This unique, family-friendly event is one of a kind! Cheer on the Eastside Reds and the Westside Giants and support SPAR's mission to preserve and revitalize the Springfield neighborhood.

    More information available on Facebook at facebook.com/events/1119058346089459


    Can't get enough baseball? Join us Wednesday, July 3 for a Bike and Baseball Social!

    Enjoy an evening bike ride to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Game and watch representatives from the East & West Side Historic Springfield Throwback Baseball teams throw out the first pitch!

    Meet at the SPAR Building (1321 N Main Street) at 4:45 pm, and be ready to depart at 5:00 pm. We will ride together to 121 Financial Ballpark, touring murals on the Eastside along the way (approximately two miles, one-way). The Jumbo Shrimp game begins at 6:05 pm. Stay as long as you like and return on your schedule.

    The ride is free, but TICKETS ARE REQUIRED for the Jumbo Shrimp game. Tickets purchased through this link (tinyurl.com/SPRShrimp24) benefit SPAR, and will secure your seat in the Historic Springfield block.

    Everyone is welcome to join us for this event. Riders are encouraged to have appropriate safety gear, and there is a bike repair station located at the SPAR Building for your use.

    Want to come to the game but don't want to ride? No problem! Purchase your tickets using the link above and meet us at 121 Financial Ballpark!

    More information available on Facebook at facebook.com/events/344198955346974

  • published PorchFest Friend & Family 2019-07-16 10:39:02 -0400

    PorchFest Friends & Family


    Experience PorchFest with our all-inclusive food and drinks package! VIP tickets include:

    • Access to VIP area with amazing view of Main Stage
    • Complimentary beer, wine, and food
    • Access to VIP restroom facilities
    • Invitation to our Sponsor Thank You Party in January 2024


    • 1 VIP pass which includes access to VIP Area with bathrooms as well as complimentary beer, wine and food
    • 1 ticket to Sponsor Thank You Party



    • 2 VIP passes which include access to VIP Area with bathrooms as well as complimentary beer, wine and food
    • 2 tickets to Sponsor Thank You Party
    • Family name listed on donor signage in main festival area

  • published Tour of Homes in Events 2019-04-04 10:22:35 -0400

    Tour of Homes & Gardens




    SATURDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 27-28, 2024




    Purchase online in advance: GET TICKETS HERE. Early bird tickets are $15 each, if purchased prior to April 25. All tickets purchased online during the Early Bird period will be redeemed at the Will Call table at 1321 N Main Street. Tickets will be full price ($20) if purchased the days of the event.

    SPAR members with a valid membership receive an additional discount off each ticket purchased, but must purchase their tickets at the SPAR Office prior to April 25 to receive discount.

    Purchase in-person at the event: Buy tickets on both days of the event for $20 at the starting location: SPAR Building (1321 N Main Street).



    Saturday, April 27, 12-5 PM

    Sunday, April 28, 12-5 PM

    *Tickets are valid during both days of the Tour.



    A guided bicycle tour edition is also available for guests, FREE with purchase of a regular Tour of Homes ticket and is BYOB - bring your own bike. On the bicycle tour, local history expert Leigh Burdett guides guests through the homes on the Tour and highlights local historic locations, people, and architecture along the way.
    The bicycle tour will depart from 1321 N Main Street on Saturday, April 27 at 1 PM and lasts about 3 hours. To reserve a spot on the tour, please call 904-945-1571.



    A Tour map and guide will be provided to all guests at the starting location: SPAR Building at 1321 N Main Street. Many walk or bike the Tour route, but some may wish to drive. A FREE shuttle will be available with stops at several locations along the route. Stops will be marked on the tour map.



    Street parking is readily available. Parking is also available in the lot located at 1229 N Main Street (2nd & Main).



    Be sure to visit the Rethreaded Campus at 515 E 9th Street during the Tour! During your Home Tour weekend visit, you will be able to shop the retail store, taste some toffee and peek into the brand new kitchen, explore the Serenity Garden and add a “leaf” of thankfulness to the gratitude tree. This site will also feature live music from 1-4 PM on both days of the tour, with Bold City Opera on Saturday and Chris Staton on Sunday. Grab a popsicle from Icecapade Frozen Treats and relax in the shade while you enjoy the music!



    Extend your tour of Historic Springfield at our local businesses, many of which are offering special promotions and discounts for tour participants - just show your tour map to redeem!

    1 Foxy Lady 10% off purchase of $25 or more
    1748 Bakehouse 25% off purchase
    Artessence 15% off purchase
    Dreamette Springfield $2 off any $10 purchase (coupon distributed at tour check-in at the SPAR building)
    The Farmery 15% off purchase of $25 or more (Urban Tea Experiences excluded)
    The Floor Club $100 off material purchase of $1000 or more
    Purple Mangrove 20% off drinks
    Reddi-Arts 10% off any regularly priced art supply or custom framing
    Springfield Scoops 10% off purchase of ice cream & a free topping
    Strings Sports Brewery 10% off bar tab
    Stumpy's Hatchet House 15% off axe throwing
    Tulua Bistro 10% off purchase



    The Tour of Homes benefits Springfield Preservation & Revitalization (SPAR), the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the historic character of, facilitating investment in, and building community for the Springfield Historic District. The Tour of Homes has showcased the unique character of the community for 45 years, and is a major fundraiser for programming and services provided by SPAR.



    Email [email protected] for the fastest response. Or call 904-353-7727.



    The Tour of Homes & Gardens is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors. To become a 2024 Home Tour Sponsor, please email [email protected] with your interest. Thank you to all of our sponsors!

  • published Sesquicentennial Park in Neighborhood 2019-02-19 13:23:01 -0500

    Sesquicentennial Park

    SPAR has installed a temporary park on Main Street, aptly named Sesquicentennial Park, in celebration of 150 years of the Springfield neighborhood. The pocket park was completed in February 2019 and was in use for the entire Sesquicentennial year. Due to the successful activation of the space, the lease for Sesquicentennial Park has been extended over the past few years. 

    SPAR hosts events in Sesquicentennial Park and we look forward to the park being activated not only by us but by our neighbors, as well.

    The park, located at 1527 N. Main St. and centered around a century-old live oak tree, is semi-enclosed with picket fencing and features a stage. The grand opening of the park was March 6, 2019 with the kick-off of “Music on Main." This music series, organized by SPAR, includes food trucks, live music, beer and wine, and is free and open to the public. 

    Currently there are no public spaces north of 1st Street on Main Street in Historic Springfield. SPAR is leading the way to change that by utilizing this place-making strategy that has seen success in many other urban areas. The goal is to create or enhance public spaces. This helps meet community needs and bring underused places to life.


    Booking the Park: 

    1. Would you like to book Sesquicentennial Park for your next outdoor event? Download the Sesquicentennial Park Application here

    2. Submit your $20 application fee at the time of submission here  (If you are a member of Springfield Area Merchants and Business Association, this fee is waived)


    "What a great idea: Downtown needs its vital neighborhoods like Springfield to have great activities like these that draw neighbors and residents together." - The Florida Times-Union


    Sesquicentennial Park was created with support from:
    Springfield Preservation and Revitalization
    Jacksonville PorchFest 
    LandVilla Outdoor
    LISC Jacksonville
    JoAnn Tredennick and Jack Meeks


  • Community Meeting February 2019

    Date: 2/7/19
    Location: Wells Fargo Community Learning Center (1601 N. Main Street)
    Time: 5:30 pm

    Kelly Rich, SPAR Executive Director, welcome the approximate 45 guests to the meeting.

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  • published Preservation Workshops in Events 2019-02-08 11:15:26 -0500

    Historic Preservation Workshops


    Join us for our 2024 Historic Preservation Workshop Series!

    Historic properties have a unique charm and craftmanship, and they also have unique needs for maintenance and renovation. Our Historic Preservation Workshop Series helps property owners in Springfield learn more about their historic homes and how to preserve them.

    2024 Historic Preservation Workshop Series

    • March 5, The COA Process & Maintaining Your Historic Home - EVENT REGISTRATION
      • Featuring Arimus Wells from City of Jacksonville Historic Preservation to speak on the Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) process for renovating historic properties in Springfield and Mark Riccaboni from Southern Brothers Inspections to speak on historic home care and maintenance
      • Workshop is free but attendance is capped at 20 guests so please register online

    • May 14, Homeowners Insurance, at Historically Hoppy Brewing Company (1636 N Main St) - EVENT REGISTRATION 
      • Featuring Daniel Miller, agency owner of Brightway Insurance, Riverside, to speak about homeowner insurance for our historic homes.
      • Workshop is free, but advance registration is requested. Please register online here.
    • June 12, The Origins of Springfield & SPAR - EVENT REGISTRATION
      • Featuring Jeff Gardner, local historian, to discuss the history of Springfield from the initial purchase of the land at the end of the Spanish period through the early/mid 20th century, plus the development of SPAR as a neighborhood organization (celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year!).
      • Workshop is free. Advance registration is not required but is kindly requested. Register here.
    • August 20, Historic Preservation Workshop

    All Historic Preservation Workshops are free. Each presentation takes place in the VyStar Community Collaboration Space at the SPAR Building (1321 N Main) unless otherwise noted. Registration is requested for planning purposes but the event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 PM and presentations take place from 6-7 PM.


  • published SesQ Saison - Collaboration Beer in Sesquicentennial 2019-02-08 11:15:06 -0500

    SesQ Saison - Collaboration Beer

    In celebration of the Sesquicentennial of Springfield, area breweries are collaborating on a special beer. Springfield breweries Hyperion Brewing Company, Main & Six Brewing Company, and Strings Sports Brewery are working with Downtown’s Intuition Ale Works and San Marco’s Aardwolf Brewing Company.

    “Springfield is Jacksonville’s original neighborhood, and we’re looking forward to honoring that with this beer,” Kelly Rich, SPAR executive director said. “We have a wonderful craft brewery scene in Jacksonville, and this beer embodies the collaborative spirit that I love about our urban core neighborhoods. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with Champion Brands and our local breweries on this anniversary beer.”

    The “Sesq Saison” is a Belgian Style Brett Saison with an effervescent and complex flavor profile with citrus and spice.

    “Springfield is a great community that has been an integral part of North Florida for the last 150 years and continues to thrive,” David Rigdon, Chain Sales Manager for Champion Brands, said. “Great communities are built by the residents and local businesses. The question asked – what would be the best way to share this story of a century and a half of culture with all of Jacksonville? The answer given – over a pint of great beer collaborated by their local breweries of course!”

    This beer will be available at special pop-up events throughout Northeast Florida during 2019. We will be updating this page, along with our Facebook and Instagram pages, when additional events are scheduled. 


  • published Sponsorship in Donate 2019-01-24 15:11:08 -0500


    Springfield Preservation and Revitalization (SPAR) Council runs multiple yearly events and programs. If you or your business are interested in receiving sponsorship information on specific programs, please fill out this form and we will be in touch with you soon. Your in-kind gifts of items or services are also appreciated!

    Thank you for your interest in supporting our organization's work!

    Sign up

  • Looking back at 2018: Neighborhood Organizations

    We’re counting down to 2019 and Springfield’s Sesquicentennial by looking back at 2018 and giving thanks. Join us in celebrating this past year!

    Today we’d like to give thanks to our fellow urban core neighborhood organizations. We are looking forward to growing our relationships with these groups and working together on mutually beneficial projects and events.

    This year we were honored to be a part of the Museum of Science & History, Jacksonville Neighborhoods (open through May, 15, 2019) signature exhibition that marks the 50th anniversary of Jacksonville consolidation, focusing on the development and sustainability of Jacksonville’s many neighborhoods – urban, suburban, and rural.

    SPAR staff also hosted tables at a CLIMB event on the Eastside and at two FSCJ volunteer fairs this year.

  • published 2018 Residential Revival Project in Media & Blog 2018-12-26 12:05:30 -0500

    2018 Residential Revival Project

    We’re counting down to 2019 and Springfield’s Sesquicentennial by looking back at 2018 and giving thanks. Join us in celebrating this past year!

    We were thrilled to grow our Residential Revival Project this year and give back to a long-term Springfield couple on a small-scale exterior renovation. With $1,000 for materials and the help of donations and volunteer work, SPAR was able to do the equivalent of $15,000 worth of repairs.

    The neighborhood residents and businesses truly came together to help protect the historic fabric of our community. Because of the success and continued need in the neighborhood for similar projects, SPAR will continue the program to assist a minimum of one low to moderate income resident each year with the costs of exterior maintenance and restoration of their historic homes.

    If you or your business is interested in learning more about donating to this project or volunteering, please email [email protected]. We’ll be announcing details about our 2019 Residential Revival Project soon.

  • published 2018 Jax PorchFest in Media & Blog 2018-12-26 12:03:08 -0500

    2018 Jax PorchFest

    We’re counting down to 2019 and Springfield’s Sesquicentennial by looking back at 2018 and giving thanks. Join us in celebrating this past year!

    2018 marked the fifth year of Jax PorchFest, and the event drew approximately 15,000 people to Springfield! Special thanks to the sponsors, committee members, volunteers, and attendees for making it the most successful Jax PorchFest to date!

    This family-friendly, free music festival held on the front porches of the neighborhood and in Klutho Park embodies the welcoming spirit of the Springfield community.

    We hope you enjoyed this year’s festival, and we’ll be announcing soon preliminary details about the 2019 event. Follow Jax PorchFest and the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization (SPAR) page for the latest updates.

    If you’re interested in learning about sponsorship, vendor, or volunteering information for the 2019 Jax PorchFest, please email [email protected] to be placed on our notification list.

    (Photos: Debra Heuskin Photography)

  • Thank You 2018 Sponsors, Donors, and Members!

    (Photo: Debra Heuskin Photography)

    We’re counting down to 2019 and Springfield’s Sesquicentennial by looking back at 2018 and giving thanks. Join us in celebrating this past year!

    Today, we’d like to thank all our sponsors, donors, and members. Their support of our organization allows us to work on our mission of ensuring Historic Springfield is a preferred place to live and do business by leading programs that drive the preservation, revitalization, and balanced growth of our community.

    If you patron a sponsor of a SPAR program or event; please thank them for their support!

    If you or your business are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities for 2019, please reach out to [email protected]. You can learn more about becoming a member of SPAR here.

  • published Looking back at 2018: Bike Socials in Media & Blog 2018-12-19 16:00:22 -0500

    Looking back at 2018: Bike Socials

    We’re counting down to 2019 and Springfield’s Sesquicentennial by looking back at 2018 and giving thanks. Join us in celebrating this past year! 

    One of many reasons that Springfield is a fantastic place to live is the bikeability of the neighborhood. We celebrated that last night with the Holiday Bike Ride, an annual Springfield tradition of friends and neighbors leisurely riding through the Historic District to enjoy the lights and spectacle of the holidays.

    This year we also took a bike ride to a Jacksonville Jaguars game and SPAR Board, Staff, and Committee members rode to a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp game! We love being a bike ride away from even more entertainment options!

    Keep an eye out on the SPAR page for information on our 2019 bike socials!

  • published Thank you 2018 volunteers! in Media & Blog 2018-12-18 11:57:17 -0500

    Thank you 2018 volunteers!

    We’re counting down to 2019 and Springfield’s Sesquicentennial by looking back at 2018 and giving thanks. From now until the new year, join us in celebrating the past year. On this first day, we’d like to recognize our volunteers!
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  • published 2018 Holiday Bike Ride in Media & Blog 2018-12-11 13:05:35 -0500

    2018 Holiday Bike Ride - December 18

    Join your friends and neighbors for this Springfield holiday tradition - the Holiday Bicycle Ride. It's a leisurely evening bicycle ride through the Historic District to enjoy the lights and spectacle of the holidays.

    Kids are encouraged, as are bike decorations!

    Meet at bandstand in Klutho Park (corner of W. 3rd & Silver) at 6pm on December 18, and the ride should end around 8pm. The route will cover the majority of the neighborhood and allow riders to experience all of Historic Springfield’s best holiday displays from the perfect vantage point.

    There will be post ride festivities to be announced in the event page!

    *all riders are encouraged to have a bike light & safety gear

  • Ribbon Cutting for New Bike Repair Stations

    We had a ribbon cutting ceremony with AARP on Nov. 27 for our new bicycle maintenance station behind the SPAR building on Main Street! We were one of 129 grantees to receive funding through AARP Livable Communities' AARP Community Challenge "Quick Action" grant program. 

    SPAR's project funded two bicycle and wheelchair maintenance stations (the other in Klutho Park); as well as the installation of additional trash receptacles on Main Street.

    Click here to read more about the grant. 

  • September Volunteer Spotlight: Diane Graese

    Diane Graese moved to Springfield from Las Vegas a little over a year ago. In a very short time, she has built a reputation as a passionate and dedicated volunteer in our community.  “I came to Jacksonville because it was a big city; I came to Springfield because a website called Neighborhood Search told me I would find all that I was looking for. I knew no one, but on my first visit here there were people who welcomed me into their homes and I felt such a good vibe,” Diane explained.  “I ignored the naysayers and listened to the stories of how the neighborhood was changing and the visions for the future.”

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  • Springfield Preservation and Revitalization (SPAR) Selected as AARP Community Challenge ‘Quick Action’ Grant Recipient

    We are excited to announce that SPAR is one of 129 grantees who will receive funds through AARP Livable Communities’ AARP Community Challenge ‘Quick Action’ grant program. Awardees across the country will receive grants to fund innovative projects that can inspire change and make counties, cities, towns and rural areas better places to live for residents of all ages.

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  • published Board Meeting - 4/16/18 in Board Meeting Notes 2018-07-02 09:20:18 -0400

    Board Meeting - 4/16/18


    MONDAY, April 16, 2018 - 6:00 pm Southern Moss Realty (1501 N. Main Street)

    Present: Todd Hollinghead, President, Aaron Glick, Vice President, Jack Adams, Treasurer, Jaimee Stewart, Secretary, Bill Hoff, Ex Officio, Kelly Lezama, Yolanda Copeland, Joey Marchey, Jamie Toraason, Mark Morley, Soner Acar

    Not Present: Noelle Easterling, Tim Hope, Janie Coffey, Michael Montoya, Michelle Tappouni

    Staff/Resources Present: Kevin O’Halloran, Kelly Rich

    Guests: Diane Graese, Justin Geary, Lissa Dunn, Sarah Clark-Stuart

    The meeting was called to order by Vice President Aaron Glick at 6:12 pm.

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  • published Board Meeting - 5/21/18 in Board Meeting Notes 2018-06-22 11:02:52 -0400

    Board Meeting - 5/21/18


    MONDAY, May 21, 2018 - 6:00 pm Southern Moss Realty (1501 N. Main Street)

    Present: Todd Hollinghead, President, Aaron Glick, Vice President, Jack Adams, Treasurer, Jaimee Stewart, Secretary, Bill Hoff, Ex Officio, Kelly Lezama, Joey Marchey, Jamie Toraason, Soner Acar, Noelle Easterling, Janie Coffey, Tim Hope

    Not Present: Mark Morley, Michael Montoya, Michelle Tappouni, Yolanda Copeland

    Staff/Resources Present: Kevin O'Halloran, Kelly Rich

    Guests: Mark Judson, Heather Benfield

    Meeting called to order by Todd Hollinghead, President, at 6:05pm

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