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Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville

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#17 of 21 in Parks in Jacksonville
Metropolitan Park is a 32acre, urban waterfront park located on the north bank of the St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville, Florida. It is projected to be the eastern terminus of the northbank Jacksonville Riverwalk.FacilityThe multi-purpose facility contains an exhibition mall for art, crafts and boat shows, a family picnic and playground area, and an earthen "bowl" with a performance pavilion which has a capacity of 10,000 persons and is home to many annual events, including The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, World of Nations Celebration, Spring Music Festival, Freedom, Fanfare & Fireworks on July 4th, Planetfest and many more. The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra occasionally performs there, as have many nationally known entertainers.The primary facility is a 2400sqft reversible stage with seating for 3,000 under the large canopy. There is a green room, production office and dressing rooms for performers. The park has full boat docking facilities with 78 boat slips. There are 6 covered picnic shelters and 43 picnic tables, 3 permanent restroom facilities and water fountains, a children's play area, grills, benches & bicycle racks, and security lighting for night use.HistoryThe park is located on what was once a landfill, purchased in May, 1972 for $1 million by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The present park size is the result of several additions since the initial acquisition in 1972.
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  • This was my 4th Rockville in row. The location is wonderful right on the river. Ample parking, beautiful grounds. I know that it takes a lot of work to clean up after a massive concert like that and c...  more »
  • Soundgarden was excellent and so was the setup for Rockville. Lots of bathrooms and food and drink with no wait. Nice location... close to lots of parking and easy to Uber. Con: VERY dusty and sandy. ...  more »
  • A giant open area set up for Rockville music festival with 3 stages. Decent security, excellent on-site medical teams, and friendly event staff  more »
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  • Such a beautiful park! This park host many amazing events from concerts to flag of nations. It’s right on the river so the views are beautiful.
  • Very clean and maintained. Enjoyed the waterfront. Easy access from the St.Johns River. Walking distance to the stadium and downtown restaurants.
  • I love this park. It's not a playground park. It's more of a nature park. There is a large grassy area to picnic in or let children run in. There are several restrooms around the area. It is located right across from the Everbank Field football stadium and the Jumbo Shrimp baseball stadium and runs along the St. John's River. You can fish and walk along the bank. There are also places to dock a boat. Inside the park are gazebos, picnic tables, and benches. It is not usually crowded unless there is a football or baseball game or some other function is going on. They hold the World of Nations celebration there also. It is a very beautiful and peaceful place to relax with family.
  • Very nice outdoor venue. Great place to view a concert or other shows. Reminds me of a mini SPAC, Sandstone or Red rocks. Has great potential with hill side seating and good stage. I think with the building of Daily's at the stadium my guess is this place will be forgotten.
  • My family and I love fishing here. Always come home with a nice catch.

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Accommodations are spread out across Jacksonville and mainly consist of large hotels. For a more scenic stay, consider a hotel on the riverfront or the coast. Beachside accommodations provide the added benefit of being in a much quieter and slower-paced part of the city, but you are farther away from the majority of the city's cultural attractions. If you are planning a longer stay, consider a vacation rental with a kitchen to help ease food costs. These rentals are frequently located in residential neighborhoods.
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