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July Featured Information

Holiday Closing: In observance of the Independence Day holiday, city offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4. Additionally, RTS will run its holiday service, which will run between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  Please visit the RTS website and schedule pages for more information. Gainesville's curbside residential collection service for solid waste, recycling and yard trash will not be picked up on the holiday and will delayed by one day for the rest of the week. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Fanfares and Fireworks on July 3: Gainesville’s free Independence Day celebration, Fanfares and Fireworks, will be held Tuesday, July 3 at the bandshell at UF’s Flavet Field beginning at 7 p.m. Enjoy musical performances by Bears and Lions, Billy Buchanan and His Rock 'N Soul Revue, and the Gainesville Community Band. Onsite food trucks include PDQ, The Hyppo, Big Island Bowls Gainesville, Twisted Okie BBQ, Soup to Nuts Food Truck and Cilantro Tacos Gville. Water and Pepsi products will be available for purchase. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:40 p.m. Visit www.wuft.org/fireworks for more information.

Free Meals for Children 0-18 at Summer Break Spot: The Alachua County Food Services Program is providing free meals to any child between 0-18 years of age. Participating sites are providing free, nutritious breakfast and lunch throughout summer break. Continuing this year is a food truck at Majestic Oaks, Hidden Oaks and SWAG Family Resource Center. The various locations have different dates, so be sure to check their website first. For a list of locations, serving times and more information, please visit http://www.acpsfood.com/.

Construction and Capital Projects:
Depot Avenue Segment 4: Construction is nearing completion for this project on Southeast Depot Avenue (Southeast Seventh Avenue) between Southeast Sixth Street and Southeast Williston Road. Upgraded stormwater system, streetlights, asphalt paving, decorative brick sidewalks and new curb and gutter are almost finished for the new roadway. Construction is taking place under local closures to expedite the schedule. The project is about 99 percent complete, with a few minor tasks remaining before its fully finished. For more information, please visit the project website or contact Stefan Broadus, project manager, at 352-393-8406 or broadusm@cityofgainesville.org.
SE Fourth Street: GRU continues to relocate the existing overhead utilities underground within the project limits. This will further enhance the transformation provided by the project that will also include reconstructing the roadway, cycle tracks and sidewalks on both sides, upgraded lighting and improved stormwater conveyance and treatment. Utility work began in early February and is expected to be complete at the end of this summer, with roadwork to follow. More information is available on the project website, or you may contact Stefan Broadus, project manager, at 352-393-8406 or broadusm@cityofgainesville.org.

Wild Spaces, Public Places Project Updates:
Albert “Ray” Massey Westside Park Improvements: This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consists of multiple improvements to athletic fields that are more than 40 years old.  One improvement that is soon to be underway is the installation of netting between baseball fields one and two and the concessions area, which will improve safety. The contract for the netting installation has been signed, and work is expected to be complete by the end of July. Baseball fields 1 and 2 were recently laser graded to improve safety and drainage. Further field improvements are in the planning stage. For more information, please contact John Weber, project manager, at 352-393-8186 or weberjf@cityofgainesville.org.
SW 47th Ave. Multi-Use Trail Construction: This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consists of the construction of a 1,619 foot paved multi-use trail on the north side of Southwest 47th Avenue from Southwest SW 40th Boulevard to Southwest 34th Street. The project is currently out to bid, and construction is anticipated to begin in September 2018. The trail will connect high-density residential areas to activity centers off of Southwest 34th Street. A second segment of the trail, from Southwest 34th Street to Southwest 27th Street, is currently being designed and will be constructed in 2019. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.
Westside Pool Improvements: This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consists of the installation of geothermal heating and cooling pumps at H. Spurgeon Cherry “Westside” Pool.  The installation of geothermal pumps, in conjunction with solar blankets, will allow the pool to remain open all year long. Fencing construction is scheduled to begin in June, and the pump installation will take place from August through September. It is anticipated that the pumps will come online in October 2018. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Citizen and Customer Satisfaction

Go Gainesville Bike Share: Where will a bike take you? With four stations in the system, it is convenient and easy to travel between downtown, the Innovation Square area and UF campus by bike. Stations are located at the Rosa Parks Downtown RTS Station (700 SE 3rd St), the corner of SW 3rd Ave and SW 13th St (next to the CVS in Social 28 right across from UF's Tigert Hall), Bo Diddley Plaza, and on the SW 6th Street Trail at SW 2nd Ave. You don’t have to fight for parking, and a bike is always there when you need one! The bikes can be rented by SMS text messages or via the Zagster mobile app for iPhone and Android on an hourly basis for $3/hour. Monthly passes ($15) and annual passes ($25) are also available, and then the first hour of every ride is free. For additional information, please visit http://zagster.com/gainesville/.

Clean Cubes Solar Compactors Coming to Midtown: By mid-July, the Solid Waste Division will have installed 10 solar compacting “clean cubes.” Five clean cubes are being installed on Northwest First Avenue at midtown and five more will be installed at University Avenue across from campus.  These new clean cubes will replace the existing 30-gallon trash receptacles. Each clean cube is a double unit, which holds approximately 175 gallons of compacted trash and approximately 35 gallons of compacted recycling. The units signal the Solid Waste Division by email when the units will need to be emptied.

Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park Temporary Closing: Starting June 25, the park will be closed for approximately 10 days to complete the paving of the parking lot. For more information, please contact Don Musen, habitat naturalist, at 352-393-8426 or musende@cityofgainesville.org.

Quality

Sweetwater Wetlands Nature Park Tours: Tours are free with park admission, and begin from the Welcome Classroom Pavilion. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring water and binoculars. More information is available at www.sweetwaterwetlands.org or by calling 352-393-8437.

  • Ranger Tours are held the first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. and the second Sunday at 5 p.m.

Teamwork

Gainesville Greenway Challenge Volunteer Workday on July 7: The Gainesville Greenway Challenge is a year-round effort whose aim is to restore natural habitat in Gainesville by removing invasive non-native plant species that threaten an ecosystem’s health.  Join the challenge and help us to eradicate the region’s most aggressive invasive plants in Gainesville’s nature parks! The Gainesville Greenway Challenge volunteer workdays take place on the first Saturday of every month from 9-11:30 a.m. Participants will work in local nature parks, removing non-native invasive plants to restore native habitat for the plants and animals that live there, and for people to enjoy. Groups can also arrange for special dates. Volunteers will work outdoors and should bring sunscreen, insect repellent, protective gloves and closed-toe footwear appropriate for wet conditions. The next volunteer workday is Saturday, July 7. Pre-registration is required; you may fill out the form online. For more information, email gnvgreenwaychallenge@gmail.com or call 352-393-8428.

Giveback Thursdays: Take advantage of the warmer weather and enjoy an opportunity to be out in nature every Thursday at a local nature park. Staff provides gloves, buckets, water and bug spray to attendees, and help with removal of invasive plants and trash. For more updates, please visit www.facebook.com/gnvgreenwaychallenge. For more information, email gnvgreenwaychallenge@gmail.com or call 352-393-8428. Check out the Challenge on Instagram @gnvgreenwaychallenge!

Sustainability

Seasonal Energy Tips from GRU: Be sure to check out the seasonal and year-round energy saving tips from GRU. Did you know that for each degree you increase the temperature from the recommended setting (68 in the winter and 78 in the summer), you can increase your energy bill by up to 4%? For more tips for this summer, please read more.

Upcoming Events

"Free Fridays" Concert Series Continues: The region’s longest-running and largest free outdoor concert series returns to feature local and regional musical talent at Bo Diddley Plaza. Our concerts under the stars showcase diverse musical acts sure to delight music lovers with classic rock, reggae, R&B, soul, ska, funk, blues and more. Each Friday night from 8-10 p.m., a new band brings their original and cover tunes to the Bo Diddley Plaza concert stage. Free Fridays – it’s where to be on Friday nights! The full schedule is available at www.FreeFridaysGNV.com.
July 6: All-American Song Fest: Showtune Shenanigans by John Lowe and Will Winter (All-American show tunes)
July 13: Wax Wings (jazz, folk)
July 20: Pine (folk)
July 27: Crooked Counsel performs a tribute to the music of Santana and Janis Joplin

Depot Park Youth Photo Contest: Parents, if your kids are between six-16 years old, check out their photography skills at Depot Park and participate in the Depot Park Youth Photography Contest! The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1. Guidelines:

  • Photographs must be taken at Depot Park.
  • Only one submission per person
  • Must be between age six-16
  • Email the photo to depotpark@cityofgainesville.org
  • Photo title, age and full name must accompany submission

Summer Heatwave Pool Party July 14: Splash into the season at the Summer Heatwave Pool Party, held Saturday, July 14 at H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool (1001 NW 31st Dr.). Admission to the pool is free during the party from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. At Summer Heatwave Pool Parties, youth can swim, dance, listen to music and enjoy food grilled up by officers and cadets from GPD. Participants must sign in at the front entrance to the pool to receive a wristband. Check out the Facebook event page and share with friends.

2018 Gainesville Dash & Splash Series Continues July 28: If you want to test your athletic ability or reach a new goal, then lace up for this exciting series of races! The next race is Saturday, July 28 at the H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, which is located at 1001 NW 31st Dr. This year, the races will have a progressive length for the swimming and running courses.  This race has the longest distances of the season and a challenging course. Come prepared for a 5 kilometer run with some hills, followed by an 800 meter swim! When you register early (more than two days before the race), you’ll save money and receive a unique t-shirt for each race. The entry fee for each race for early registration (more than two days before the race) is only $19 for city residents and $25 for non-city residents. After early registration ends, the fees are $25.50 for city residents and $38 for non-city residents. Proof of residency, a GRU bill or voter ID card is required at time of registration. You may register online at tinyurl.com/DashnSplash18.

Lifeguard Clinic: This lifeguard clinic introduces participants to skills including first aid, CPR and rescue techniques needed to complete the American Red Cross lifeguard certification in a slower-paced environment than our lifeguard class offerings. The program centers around the primary skills necessary to be a lifeguard, as well as the physical conditioning needed to do those skills. While it is not a lifeguard course, each participant will have the opportunity to earn a lifeguard certification if they are able to pass all necessary assessments.
Dates and Times: Monday, July 30–Friday, Aug. 3 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (please do not drop students off earlier than 7:45 a.m.)
Fee: $175
Location: H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, 1001 NW 31st Dr.
Ages: 15–16 years old
All information is available on our registration page.

Swim Lessons: Make a splash at one of our city pools by learning or practicing your swimming skills! We have convenient group and private lessons offered continuing through October. Sign up early to guarantee a spot in our program. Prices and schedules are available on our swim lessons webpage.

Pop Warner Football & Cheerleading Registration Ends July 20: Registration for Pop Warner football and cheerleading runs through July 20, or until the teams are filled. The mission of Pop Warner Little Scholars is to enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment. Through this active participation, Pop Warner programs teach fundamental values, skills and knowledge that young people will use throughout their lives. Pop Warner seeks to provide fun athletic learning opportunities for children, while emphasizing the importance of academic success. Specifically, Pop Warner seeks to familiarize players and spirit participants with the fundamentals of football, cheerleading and dance.  Pop Warner is for boys five–11 years-old and girls five–13 years-old. For more information, please visit our Pop Warner webpage.

Plan Now for Summer Camp: Start planning now for when school is out! We offer eight camp opportunities, with a variety of learning experiences and activities:

Read all the details on our vacation camps webpage.

Events on the Promenade at Depot Park: Come out for Events on the Promenade with fun activities all month long. Mondays feature Swing Dance Lessons from the Florida Swing Dancing Club, Thursdays feature Make Music in the Park Live Music Pop-Ups and Saturdays feature Gainesville Grinds: Total Boot Camp Class. For a full lineup of events, visit http://www.depotpark.org/events and follow us on https://www.facebook.com/depotpark/.

Bo Diddley Plaza Activities: Head to Bo Diddley Plaza to decompress after work, listen to great music or find an amazing variety of seasonal produce! There’s Yoga on Mondays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., the Union Street Farmers Market on Wednesdays (4-7 p.m.) and free Capoeira classes on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. There are also many community events taking place at the plaza. Check out a full listing of events at https://www.facebook.com/pg/BoDiddleyPlazaGNV or www.bodiddleyplaza.com

Art Exhibitions at the Thomas Center Galleries:
-INTO THE LIGHT The Rediscovered Painting of Louise Leak American artist Louise Leak (1939–1977) spent her abbreviated life in feverish pursuit of creative endeavor. The extraordinarily talented printmaker, painter, poet and dancer met an untimely death at age 38, leaving behind an abundance of work exploring her complex interior life. Leak’s sister, Gainesville resident Jane Myers, has amassed a large portion of the scattered body of work, including paintings only recently discovered after nearly 40 years hidden among the stored belongings of a friend of the artist. This exhibition showcases Leak’s work as a printmaker, from exquisite small prints to virtuoso major works. Together with paintings, sketches, and ephemera, the work affords an intimate glimpse into a young woman making her voice heard in the California art scene of the 1960s. The exhibition continues through Saturday, Aug. 18.
-THE VIEW FROM PARADISE The Paintings of Alyne Harris is in the Doris Bardon Gallery through Aug. 18. Alyne Harris is a Gainesville native painter whose work appears nationally in exhibitions and private collections. She is recognized in the folk art or “outsider art” canon as a significant southern self-taught artist. The Doris Bardon Gallery is honored to host this exhibition of Harris’ work, much of it from private collections and not previously exhibited.

Gainesville Police Department Community Calendar: Did you know that GPD has a community calendar? The calendar shows meetings like neighborhood crime watch meetings, the Black-on-Black Task Force meetings and the Homeless Coalition meetings. Click here to find out the dates of these meetings and more!

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