Riverside Avondale Preservation

Dated: 03/28/2017

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Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) was founded in 1974 by a group of citizens concerned about preserving the architectural and cultural history of the neighborhood. 

Part of RAP’s mission is to “facilitate neighborhood improvements and preservation through community participation, education, advocacy and events that highlight Riverside Avondale’s unique quality of life.” 

The events that RAP sponsors include the Spring Home Tour, Luminaria, and the weekly Riverside Arts Market. In the past few years, RAP has also created the Riverside Avondale Community Garden and the John Gorrie Dog Park at Riverside Park. 

RAP works with residents and businesses, as well as the City of Jacksonville’s zoning and planning departments to ensure the history of the neighborhood is preserved. While RAP can assist residents and businesses with the COA (Certificate of Appropriateness) process, it is the City of Jacksonville’s Historic Planning Department that makes all decisions regarding an applicant’s COA.

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RAP has a number of special events throughout the year that rely on the help of volunteers, including the Spring Home Tour, Luminaria, the Riverside Wine Fest, and the Riverside Arts Market. RAP also has ongoing projects such as scanning of house files that are ideal for high school students who need volunteer hours. You can learn more about volunteering by calling 904.389.2449 or emailing [email protected].

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Heather Benfield

A native of Texas, Heather Benfield lived up and down the East Coast before finding a home in Jacksonville, where she has resided for the last 10 years. Heather attended the University of North Florid....

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