Nathan Krestul Park

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Nathan Krestul Park sign

Available Amenities

Accessible Amenities Artificial Reef Bait & Tackle Baseball Basketball Benches Beach Pier Bike Racks Bike Trail Birding Trail Boat Dock Boat Fuel Boat Pumpout Boat Ramp Boat Trailer Parking Canoe Rental Community Center Concession Stand DogPark Drinking Fountain Equestrian Trail Fishing Available Football Golf Grills Hiking Trail Nonmotorized Launch Kayak Rental Lighting Manatee Education Multipurpose Field On the water Paddle Board Rental Parking Pickleball PWC Rental Picnic Shelters Picnic Tables Playground Restaurant Restrooms RiverWalk Sailboard Rental Sailboat Rental Scenic Overlook Skate Park Soccer Splash Pad Surfing Swimming Pool Tennis Trash Barrels Wheelchair Accessible

About Nathan Krestul Park

La Vaca Park (la vaca means “the cow” in Spanish) is located adjacent to Christopher Creek in the San Jose Forest section. In the late 1700’s, the site comprised part of the San Jose Plantation established by Francis Xavier Sanchez. Duval County acquired title to the property by dedication on the plat of Section F, San Jose recorded in 1926. The area exhibits a Mediterranean theme, and in 1925 four Hispano-Moorish gate towers were built near the park, marking the entrance to the new development. Alfred I. and Jessie Ball duPont also established their 60-acre Epping Forest estate – one of Jacksonville’s grandest residences – just west of the park. Residents of the San Jose Forest neighborhood are the principal users of park, and around June 2000, Mary Wheatley created a lovely butterfly garden on the grounds. It was later chosen by the statewide Florida Native Plant Society as tops in the wildflower and butterfly category. La Vaca Park was renamed to Kathan Krestul Park in September 2007. Additional features:
Amenity Count
Benches 7
Multiuse Field 1
Perimeter Site Fencing  
Picnic Tables 3
Security Lighting  
Trash Barrels 1
Water Features 1