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Hanna Park
Hanna Park boardwalk across dunes
Type Municipal (Parks & Recreation Department)
Location Jacksonville
30°22′31″N 81°24′39″W / 30.37528°N 81.41083°W / 30.37528; -81.41083
Size 447 acres (1.81 km²) (.698 mi²)
Opened 1947
Operated by City of Jacksonville
Annual visitors 400,000

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is Jacksonville's 1.5 mile public beachfront at Mayport. The 447-acres is a mature coastal hammock, which is increasingly rare to find along Florida's heavily developed Atlantic coast.[1]

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History

In the 1940s, five acres land for the park was donated by Winthrop Bancroft, who required that the land be named for Kathryn Abbey Hanna (November 8, 1895-1967, a Chicago, Illinois-born educator and author who had settled in Florida and served on the board of Parks and Historical Places.[2]

Shelters on the Boardwalk

The remaining property that eventually became the expanded Hanna Park was purchased after consolidation and during the administration of Mayor Hans Tanzler in the mid-1970's.[3] The first general purpose trail was constructed by Michael Long in 1987 as his Eagle Scout service project.[1] Most of the land has been left in its natural, wooded state. Boardwalks were constructed over the dunes to protect vegetation.

Features

In addition to the white sand beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, the park offers:

BMX Trails
trail bridge
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BMX trails

The park has nearly 15 miles of Bicycle Motocross trails that range from easy to difficult. For experienced riders, trails named Grunt, Misery, and Tornado Alley offer a challenging workout. Sanctioned races are held on a on a seasonal schedule and many local bikers ride the trails on a daily basis. This trail wins the award for "Most Difficult Close to the Sea" and was rated four out of five stars on the Trails website.[4]

Campground

Almost 300 campsites are nestled in the woods along winding, paved roads for tent camping or RV use, plus there are five small log "cozy cabins".

Dolphin Plaza

The park has a beachfront facility that can be rented by groups, with a view of sand dunes and surf.

Freshwater lake

A former borrow pit for road construction in the park turned into a 40-acre freshwater lake which opened in 1978.[1] Activities available include swimming, fishing, kayaking, paddle boating, and canoeing; lakeside picnic tables and grills are available and scenic trails surround the lake. A water playground is provided for small children.[5]

Other amenities

There is a visitor/interpretive center, shuffleboard & volleyball courts; throughout the park there are benches, grills, picnic shelters & tables, playground equipment, restrooms and trash barrels

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