City of Jacksonville


Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park & Nature Center

7000 Roosevelt Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32244

A decade after the park's land was leased from the Navy in 1979, Councilwoman Tillie Fowler (later, US Representative) began to push hard for development of the land. Remnants of a 16ft wide brick road linked Ortega to Jacksonville and can be found at several locations in the park. The road pre-dates 1917, but was heavily used when Camp Johnston was built as part of the preparations to train American troops during World War I.  In September 1996, the observation tower, nature center and outdoor classroom were dedicated and in 2005, the park was renamed for Tillie K. Fowler. Ms. Fowler was a woman of impeccable grace and civility who graciously advocated on behalf of issues important to the City of Jacksonville and on behalf of the needs of the United States Armed Forces, particularly the US Navy. An entry sign into the park now bears her name and honors her efforts.


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