Our origins date back to 1999, when Mayor John Delaney announced the “Preservation Project Jacksonville.” It was one of the most vigorous land acquisition programs ever undertaken in Northeast Florida. Its primary goal was to identify and acquire Duval County’s most vulnerable, environmentally sensitive lands in order to protect and preserve these lands as development began stretching into the rural areas.

As the land acquisition progressed, the City of Jacksonville, the National Park Service and the Florida State Parks formed an unprecedented tri-governmental partnership, connecting federal, state and local public lands, ultimately creating the largest urban park system (80,000+ acres) in the United States.

Also named “Preservation Project Jacksonville,” our non-profit organization’s role was to be the intermediary between the landowners and the government agencies, as the transaction process could be quite lengthy. This was our primary role from 1999 to approximately 2009, with the end goal of becoming the primary support organization for our parks and park partners.

In January 2010, our board recognized our parks now needed an active support group and it was time to move from “acquisition” to “activation.” We changed our name to the “Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation” and our mission to preserve, promote and protect the Timucuan parks through fundraising, marketing and advocacy. In 2015, our name was simplified to “Timucuan Parks Foundation” as we move forward with promoting a stewardship ethic for the parks, supporting our park partners, and telling the story.

We are committed to support our city, state and national parks through raising local and national awareness and in telling the historical story of North Florida. We have only begun to understand and appreciate the richness and immensity of the history of the indigenous people who lived and thrived here thousands of years ago. We are excited and eager to share the secrets and treasures that have been discovered and to uncover those that are waiting to be discovered.

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