Like the Northside of Jacksonville, Westside is one of the traditional large sections of Jacksonville, Florida. The Westside area encompasses primarily the zip codes of: 32210, 32212, 32221, 32222, 32234 and 32244. It is inclusive of the historic district of Ortega, the Timuquana area, NAS Jacksonville known for the Blue Angels (the U.S. Navy’s world-renowned flight demonstration team) and our great Navy personnel, the neighborhoods surrounding Chaffee Rd, Lakeshore, Normandy, Argyle, Cedar Hills, 103rd and many others between the Northside of 295 and the Orange Park area.
The Westside is also known for its access to water. And where there is water, there is water play. The Westside has many marinas lining the St. Johns River and draws a large population of residents that are water enthusiasts. You’re always bound to see sailboats, kayakers and fishing boats hanging out together in this area of town. You’re even bound to see speed boats or a yacht or two! It is also home to the city’s Equestrian Center, which draws many horse enthusiasts for annual competitions and events. It also has a huge indoor water area inclusive of party rental rooms and Olympic sized heated pools. Like to fly or fall from the sky? Northeast Florida’s primary location for light sport aircraft, skydiving, gliders and other experimental aircraft can be found on the Westside at Herlong Airfield (HEC).
Off Normandy, and near the Equestrian center, you will find Cecil Recreational Trails. Once part of Naval Air Station’s Cecil Field, this trail system includes more than 30 miles of unpaved roads and flatwoods. It is available to hikers, horseback riders and off-road cyclists. But that’s not all. There’s also The Jacksonville Baldwin Rail Trail! It is part of a nation-wide, federally initiated “Rails to Trails” program. The Trail is a 100 foot wide Right-of-Way extending approximately 14.5 miles from Imeson Road in Jacksonville to the Town of Baldwin. A 12’ wide paved trail currently exists for hikers, bikers, runners and rollerbladers to enjoy. An equestrian trail also parallels the paved trail.
But if outside is not your thing, then know that the Westside is also home to The Poker Room offering poker and greyhound dog racing, and is conveniently located on Roosevelt Blvd at the 295 merger. And then there are the beautiful parks, as written in www.metrojacksonville.com, “Stinson Park is located adjacent to the Ortega River Bridge in the Lakeside Park neighborhood that was platted in 1907. The extension of the streetcar line in 1908 from downtown Jacksonville through Lakeside Park and over the new wooden bridge to Ortega, greatly facilitated the area’s growth. The park is named for William M. Stinson, a physician and the president of Riverside Realty Co., the developer who dedicated the land for the park to Duval County in 1912. A medical officer during World War I, he was active in local civic affairs and died in 1954. In 2001, neighborhood residents organized to renovate and beautify five city properties in the area, including Stinson Park. They enlisted the city’s support, and a beautiful new park design was created in 2003, with construction completed in August 2004.”