The Ronnie VanZant Memorial Park is a 90 acre recreational facility located in Clay County, Florida just south of Jacksonville off US 17 South before Green Cove Springs in Lake Asbury, FL, and has been funded by the Freebird Foundation, Inc from 1992-2001. Park Hours are from sunrise to sunset every day.
This park has been geared toward helping children become better athletes, musicians and young adults. The tennis
and basketball courts receive a lot of use and have already been expanded. The softball
field also receives a lot of use. Clay County completed construction of a five acre fully stocked and landscaped fishing pond
with handicapped parking. Covered Picnic Pavillions with grills and public restrooms provide users with conveniences for family outtings. The Foundation also developed a soccer field and had plans for 5 additional fields and organizing a soccer league for the local kids. Future plans for the park included a teen center complete with swimming pool, game rooms and a gymnasium.
The Freebird Foundation dedicated a brand new $50,000 play
structure for the park. This top-of-the-line play structure, which offers slides, poles, a bridge and many other features, was installed and officially opened on December 14, 1996 at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. In October 2000, it was dedicated in memory of Marion "Sister" VanZant.
The most recent addition to the Ronnie VanZant Memorial Park which was completed in the Fall of 2000 is the creation of VanZant Trails, a Nature Walk thru the wooded area and wetlands of the park.
Unfortunately, many of Skynyrd's fans will not be able to come to Florida and see the Ronnie VanZant Memorial Park. The park has improved alot over the few short years it has been in existance. Check back soon, we'll be adding some various pictures of the park soon.
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