Like our community, SPAR Council is excited about the forward progress of the Emerald Trail and the subsequent restoration of Hogans Creek led by our friends at Groundwork Jacksonville.
From their website: "The creek, which flows from the S-Line just north of UF Health Campus south to the St. Johns River, floods Klutho and Springfield Parks and adjacent streets during heavy rains. Within Klutho Park, the once scenic promenade and “grand canal” built by Henry Klutho and engineer Charles Imeson in 1929 is an eyesore.
The Trail Master Plan includes improving the crossing conditions along existing Hogans Creek greenway and enhancing the overall quality of the greenway to match the established design standard for the entire Emerald Trail system.
As part of the trail master plan, Groundwork Jacksonville is partnering with the City of Jacksonville and design/engineering firm Halff to develop the Hogans Creek Restoration plan. The goal is to reduce flooding, improve water quality and provide access and recreational opportunities along the creek. Preliminary plans are currently being shared with the community to gather input that will be incorporated into the iterative design process."
In January of 2022, SPAR and Groundwork Jax held a joint Community Meeting to discuss the project plan and the potential impact to Historic Springfield. Neighbors can reference the slides from the meeting at this link: Hogans Creek Restoration and Trail Plan Presentation
In April of 2022, SPAR and Groundwork Jax held a joint Community Meeting to further discuss the project plan and the potential impact to Historic Springfield. Neighbors can reference slides from the meeting at this link: Hogans Creek Restoration and Trail Plan Presentation - April.