3rd Annual Love Grove Ceremony (February 14, 2021) Short Film by Photo Journalist – An Goldbauer
Welcome to the Love Grove. “Love Grove” was the name given to the initial planting of three magnolia trees on Valentine’s Day 2019 in coordination with Greenscape of Jacksonville and the City Parks & Recreation Department. The name Love Grove seemed appropriate given the date of the plantings as well as the reason, which was to remember loved ones lost to AIDS-related diseases. Our hope is that visitors to the park will appreciate its beauty and the timeless quality of an “urban forest” dedicated to the memory of local residents.
We honor the memories of those we have lost by creating a sanctuary in beloved Willow Branch Park, located in historic Riverside. The AIDS Memorial Project of Northeast Florida in will be planting 100 trees in coordination with the city Parks Department and Greenscape of Jacksonville to add to the existing beauty of the park. For the donation of $200, a tree will stand strong in memory of those gone too soon. Also, see the location for our future memorial, a bridge uniting those lost and those who remember.
February 14, 2019 – Inaugural Ceremony of Love Grove -The Tree Planning Initiative