by Sheryl Capers – Historic Springfield drew hundreds of runners for the second annual VyStar Emerald Trail to raise funds for Groundwork Jacksonville and the Emerald Trail.
The event started and finished at Andrew Robinson Elementary School with a scenic journey through Springfield and future segments of the Emerald Trail. Several community partners were on hand offering information and demonstrations.
The 30-mile Emerald Trail is a public-private partnership that will connect 14 historic urban neighborhoods to downtown, the St. Johns River, McCoys Creek and Hogans Creek. Construction of the first segment, the LaVilla Link, began in September 2021 and is expected to be completed next fall. Design of the second segment along Hogan Street from the St. Johns River to Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is currently underway.
Groundwork Jacksonville is the city’s nonprofit partner in building the Emerald Trail and restoring McCoys and Hogans creeks. Jacksonville is and one of only 22 Groundwork Trusts across the country and the only Trust in Florida. Shown are runners Brian Williams, Darnell Jerome, Lashaniqua Hamilton and Christopher Howard.