JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The City of Jacksonville is implementing new hours at Huguenot Memorial Park on Heckscher Drive.
Effective Wednesday, October 16, 2013, the park will open at 8 a.m. instead of 6 a.m.
This means there will no longer be any "early bird" activities available for surfers, swimmers or fishermen.
City spokeswoman Aleizha Batson said the change is an attempt to save money on security.
She said the city expects to save $46,000 a year with the new hours of operation.
Batson told First Coast News the savings will mean a lower budget allocation to the parks & recreation department.
But the change is not sitting well with some people who use the park almost every day.
Bobby Taylor of Jacksonville alerted First Coast News to the issue and said he is disappointed with the city.
He said he has been coming to Huguenot for decades and thinks you can't put a price on what the park offers.
"It's just a very special place to a lot of people. Not just the early birds, but the general population. It's part of the fabric of my life," he said.
A number of people showed up to the park Wednesday morning not knowing of the new hours.
Taylor said only one sign was posted alerting park goers of the change.
Batson said the new hours were a budget decision from last year, but that issues needed to be worked out with the security contractor before they could take effect.
First Coast News