The committee has recorded a concerted effort by volunteers and city staff toward renovation of Jacksonville’s historic center, along an axis from the restored Ladiga Trail train depot to historic Eastwood School. Recent projects have included plantings of trees and gardens, restoration of the Dr. Francis Museum, paving the first segment of the Creekside Trail, community celebrations for General Pelham and Eastwood School, and activities near the Square, such as the Farmer’s Market.
The committee has worked hard to exchange ideas and draw our efforts together to foster our quality of life. During 2013, Sandra Sudduth spoke on the history of Eastwood School, and advocated its return to an educational use. Jerrod Brown explained how Kitty Stone Elementary School and Forney Hall could be restored. Jack Plunk warned of the hazards of sprawl. Parents speaking at our open forum at the train depot on Sept. 19 voiced unanimous support for keeping Kitty Stone school centrally located.
Susan Di Biase
Chair, Jacksonville Quality of Life Committee