The group Groundwork Jacksonville (Facebook) is trying to gauge the community’s interest in a Public Market on A. Philip Randolph Boulevard. This would place it about a mile north of the EverBank Field, a short bike / walk for Springfield / Downtown, a bike ride from Riverside / Avondale / San Marco and a short drive for Arlington and the surrounding areas. To help out Groundworkers for the Public Market, they ask if you could spend 5 minutes and fill out a short 12 question survey.
Looking at their map for where they would like to place this Public Market, it looks like a great location and very central. I am all for it. The idea for this public market came about due to the lack of fresh food options for the residents of Springfield and the Eastside.
The stated goals for this Public Market would be to
- An urban core public market, open all year, along the historic A. Philip Randolph corridor, to serve the entire community with locally grown and produced food, meats, seafood, dairy, eggs, grains and dry goods, artisan food, craft beer and related goods.
- Utilize and lift the existing unique community asset Buster’s Foy Eastside Market space for the arts, culture, entertainment, education, wellness, even business incubation.
- Have a focal point and gathering place defined and enriched by the community it serves.
- Express the best of what we do right here while meeting genuine demand for local food commerce, connections, and culture.
- Create an economic engine that could ultimately deliver jobs to the area.
Groundwork Jacksonville is a nonprofit formed in 2014 to convert unused or contaminated land and water into parks, playgrounds, trails and other greenspaces. Their latest project is the S-Line Rail Trail in Springfield.