Heather Benfield

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Tour of Homes & Gardens

Buy your Early Bird tickets at a discount online now!

The Historic Springfield Tour of Homes and Gardens, presented by Southern Moss Realty Company, is a two-day event, on both May 18 & 19, from 12 noon to 5 pm. In the 41st year of the event, you’ll find eight properties to tour: five private residences decorated with a mix of modern and vintage styling (with construction dates ranging from 1887 to 2018), and three beautiful gardens.

 

TICKET INFO:

Buy tickets on both days of the event at the starting location: Sesquicentennial Park at 1527 N. Main Street. SPAR members with a valid membership receive an additional discount off each ticket purchased, and must purchase their tickets at the SPAR Office at 1334-1 Walnut Street. You can also purchase your ticket online. Or, you may still purchase them at a local business:

 

Springfield:

Uptown Kitchen & Bar - 1303 N. Main Street

Crispy's Springfield Gallery - 1735 N. Main Street

Social Grounds Coffee - 1712 N. Main Street

Downtown:

Chamblin's Uptown - 215 N. Laura Street

Riverside:

BREW Five Points  - 1024 Park Street

Riverside Arts Market - May 4 and May 11 from 10 am to 3 pm

San Marco:

San Marco Bookstore -1971 San Marco Blvd



Purchase online: You can purchase your tickets online here. All tickets purchased online during the Early Bird period will be redeemed at the Will Call table at 1527 N. Main Street. Tickets will be full price ($20) if purchased the days of the event.


TOUR HOURS:

Saturday, May 18, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 19 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm

*Tickets are valid during both days of the Tour.

BICYCLE TOUR:

A guided bicycle tour edition is also available for guests, FREE with purchase of a regular Tour of Homes ticket and your own bicycle. In this extended version, Leigh Burdett of e2ride bike tours will guide guests throughout the neighborhood, including homes on the Tour, highlighting the historical locations, people and architecture along the way.

The bicycle tour is on May 18 at 1pm and lasts about 3 hours. Contact Leigh at E2ride Bike Tours for more information about the Bike Tour edition, or if you'd like to rent a bicycle and equipment: www.e2ride.com or (904) 945-1571.

NAVIGATING THE TOUR:

A Tour map and guide will be provided to all guests at the starting location: Sesquicentennial Park at 1527 N. Main Street. Many walk or bicycle the Tour route, but some may wish to drive..

PARKING:

Parking can be found on the curb near the starting location or other public lots near by.

RAFFLE:

Each guest has a chance to win gift baskets full of goods from local businesses. Always popular at the Tour, just submit your name and contact information at the Tour starting point to enter the raffle. Winners are notified within 48 hours and the baskets are delivered within 14 days.

ABOUT THE EVENT:

The Tour of Homes benefits Springfield Preservation & Revitalization (SPAR), the 501c3 grassroots organization dedicated to preserving the historic character, facilitating investment, and building community in the Springfield Historic District. The Tour of Homes has showcased the unique character of the community for 41 years, and is a major fundraiser for programming and services provided by SPAR Council.

QUESTIONS?

Message us via Facebook or email sparoffice@sparcouncil.org for the fastest response. Or call 904.353.7727.

SPONSORS:

Special thanks to all of our Home Tour Sponsors for their generous support!

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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 will be completed by the end of February and will be in use throughout the year. In early 2020, the park will be dismantled and returned to a vacant lot.

SPAR will be hosting events through the year in Sesquicentennial Park and will work with other organizations that would like to use the space. We’re looking forward to the park being activated throughout the year.

The park, located at 1527 N. Main St. and centered around a century-old live oak tree, will be semi-enclosed with picket fencing and feature a stage. The grand opening of the park will be Wednesday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. with the kick-off of “Music on Main”. This spring music series organized by SPAR will include food trucks, live music, beer and wine, and will be free and open to the public. There are five similar events planned throughout the month of March.

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.

"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

 

Use the park: If your organization is interested in using the space, please email us with your requested date(s) so we can let you know if that date is available while you work on your application. (Available dates can be held for two weeks while you complete the application.) Click here for the event application.

 

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

Join us for "Music on Main" in Sesquicentennial Park (1527 N. Main Street), a FREE and open to the public music series held to celebrate Springfield's 150th birthday! 

Mark your calendars for the last Wednesday in April, May, and June for the next Music on Main dates. 

April 24 - Jesse Montoya and DiCarlo Thompson
May 29 - The Groove Coalition
June 26 - Junco Royals

Bring a blanket and picnic with local food trucks that will be in the park, plus beer and wine, all available for purchase from 5-8pm. Music begins at 6pm. 


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.


Music on Main - Spring Music Series

Join us for "Music on Main" in Sesquicentennial Park (1527 N. Main Street), a FREE and open to the public music series held to celebrate Springfield's 150th birthday! 

Mark your calendars for the last Wednesday in April, May, and June for the next Music on Main dates. 

April 24 - Jesse Montoya and DiCarlo Thompson - Music for this event will start at 5pm!
May 29 - The Groove Coalition
June 26 - Junco Royals

Bring a blanket and picnic with local food trucks that will be in the park, plus beer and wine, all available for purchase from 5-8pm. Music begins at 6pm. 

 


published Explore The Core in Sesquicentennial 2019-02-08 11:17:15 -0500

Explore The Core

Bicyclists, rejoice! Springfield is officially the most bikeable neighborhood in Jacksonville’s urban core, according to WalkScore.com. This recognition was based on scoring using four components including bike lanes, hills, destination and road connectivity, and bike commuting mode share. Additionally, Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council (SPAR) received a Neighbors Get Moving award from the City of Jacksonville in 2018, recognizing it for its role in organizing and promoting wellness activities in the Springfield Historic District community.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a ride on the S-Line Urban Greenway, a nearly three-and-a-half mile paved bike trail through multiple urban core neighborhoods, or easily bike to many of Jacksonville’s other locations and destinations.

Bicycle maintenance stations are located behind the SPAR Office at 1321 N. Main St. and in Henry J. Klutho Park at the intersection of Pearl Street and W. 3rd Street. Support for these maintenance stations comes from an AARP Community Challenge ‘Quick Action’ grant program. You'll also find a plethora of bicycle racks at local businesses throughout the neighborhood. 

SPAR will be hosting bike socials to other Jacksonville urban core neighborhoods in 2019, and we want you to join us!



Bike Socials
April 19 – Downtown -  Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Game
June 1 – Rail Yard District -  S-Line Urban Greenway, Jacksonville Farmers Market, and Engine 15 Brewing Co.
September 8 – Eastside - Eastside Murals and Intuition Ale Works
October 12 – San Marco - San Marco & Aardwolf Brewing Company
December 17 – Springfield - Springfield Holiday Bike Ride

Special thanks to Root Realty for sponsoring our bike socials for 2019!

You can also Explore The Core on your own by checking out our suggested routes and activities.

Remember to bike responsibly and obey all traffic laws.

Download the Explore The Core Map 


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Historic Preservation Workshops

Join us for our 2019 Historic Preservation Workshop Series! Special thanks to the City of Jacksonville's Planning and Development department for partnering with us on this series. 

We'll be offering three opportunities (plus an additional one targeted for real estate agents) throughout the year on the COA Process. Historic properties have unique charm, craftsmanship and also a special process to renovate them. Both residential and commercial renovations within Historic Districts of Jacksonville require a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) from the City of Jacksonville. Learn about that process, what requires a COA and what does not, and how to be most efficient with your time when it comes to renovating a historic property. Join the City of Jacksonville Planning and Development staff for an informative presentation on the COA process, with time to ask your questions! We'll also be offering two targeted presentations; Windows, Doors, and Fences, and Code Enforcement. Follow the links below to register. 

Workshop Series

May 28 - COA Process
July 16 - COA Process: Real Estate Agent focused
September 17 - COA Process
November 19 - Code Enforcement

Registration is required, all programs are free. Each presentation will take place at the Wells Fargo Community Center (1601 Main St N, 2nd Floor, Jacksonville, FL 32206). The doors will open at 5:30pm, the presentation will take place from 6-7pm.


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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. 


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Sponsorships

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. 

2019 Springfield Tour of Homes Sponsorship Information

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


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Sesquicentennial

Springfield is celebrating the sesquicentennial of the neighborhood in 2019, and we want you to join us!

Springfield’s sesquicentennial celebrates the area’s 150th anniversary of establishment after John H. Norton—one of Jacksonville’s first real estate developers—was tasked with parceling the area’s land and selling it off. Jacksonville merchant Calvin L. Robinson is credited with naming the new development Springfield because of "a spring of good water located in the field through which West Fourth Street would now pass (near Broad Street).” (via: Historic Preservation Guidelines for Springfield)

SPAR and other neighborhood organizations are hosting programming throughout 2019. Visit the Historic Springfield Community Calendar to stay updated with events happening in the neighborhood.     

If you'd like to purchase a sesquicentennial flag to display at your home or business, you can do so here. If you're interested in sponsoring a sesquicentennial banner that will be displayed in our commercial corridors throughout 2019, you can do so here.

We'll be sharing SPAR hosted sesquicentennial programming and events on this page, stay tuned for more!

Sesquicentennial Programming for 2019

- Explore the Core: We're celebrating the bikeability of Springfield to other urban core neighborhoods with a series of bike socials for 2019! Learn more.

- Music on MainMusic on Main is a FREE and open to the public music series held throughout the month of March in Sesquicentennial Park to celebrate Springfield's 150th birthday! Learn more.

- Historic Preservation Workshops: Join us for this free workshop series with the City of Jacksonville's Historic Preservation Department staff. Learn more.

- SesQ Saison: a collaborative beer brewed by Hyperion Brewing Company, Main & Six Brewing Company, Strings Sports Brewery, Aardwolf Brewing Company, and Intuition Ale Works. Available at pop-up events in Northeast Florida throughout 2019. Learn more.

- Sesquicentennial Park: SPAR has installed a temporary park on Main Street, aptly named Sesquicentennial Park, in celebration of 150 years of the Springfield neighborhood. This park is available for other organizations to use. Click here to view the application. If your organization is interested in using the space, please reach out to us with your requested date(s) so we can let you know if that date is available while you work on your application. (Available dates can be held for two weeks while you complete the application.)


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.


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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 sparoffice@sparcouncil.org. We’ll be announcing details about our 2019 Residential Revival Project soon.


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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 sparoffice@sparcouncil.org 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 sparoffice@sparcouncil.org. You can learn more about becoming a member of SPAR here.


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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 Updates 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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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.”


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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Board Meeting - 4/16/18

SPAR BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

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

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


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