Urban Parks: Stinson Park & Baker Point

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One of the urban core's most desirable riverfront views can been seen from Stinson Park & Baker Point.

Stinson Park is located adjacent to the Ortega River Bridge in the Lakeside Park neighborhood that was platted in 1907. The extension of the streetcar line in 1908 from downtown Jacksonville through Lakeside Park and over the new wooden bridge to Ortega, greatly facilitated the area’s growth. The park is named for William M. Stinson, a physician and the president of Riverside Realty Co., the developer who dedicated the land for the park to Duval County in 1912. A medical officer during World War I, he was active in local civic affairs and died in 1954. In 2001, neighborhood residents organized to renovate and beautify five City properties in the area, including Stinson Park. They enlisted the City’s support, and a beautiful new park design was created in 2003, with construction completed in August 2004.


Ortega River Bridge

Note: The following information comes from the National Bridge Inventory and has not been verified.


Bascule bridge over Ortega River on FL 211 in Jacksonville


Built 1927; rehabilitated 1996




Length of largest span: 78.1 ft.
Total length: 1,143.1 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.8 ft.

Inventory number

BH 12365 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Inspection (as of 05/2007)

Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 73.2 (out of 100)

Average daily traffic (as of 2007)


Baker Point Park

Baker Point is located adjacent to the Ortega River Bridge in the Lakeside Park area of Jacksonville. Stinson Park resides across from Baker Point, on the other side of San Juan Avenue. The site offers a panoramic view of the St. Johns River and downtown Jacksonville. Neighborhood residents organized in 2001 to develop and renovate five public properties in the area, and they enlisted the City's help. After the City's purchase of the property in 2002, it was named for the prominent Baker family of Jacksonville, founders of Florida Rock Industries. Funding and the Park Design has been acquired in 2003, and a park design is being prepared. 2005 Completed renovations to the park; a beautiful overlook that is a popular photographic location for the citizen`s of the Nieghborhood.


Stinson and Baker Point Parks are located at 4050 San Juan Avenue at the mouth of the Ortega River.

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Photos by Ennis Davis

Video by Daniel Herbin