Teen Summer Programs

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For and questions or information, please call 353-334-5067.

Did you know that local children and teens can get free meals during the summer? Check this out!


The courts are calling for a summer of fun and competition! Come join our coed basketball program! Build character and leadership by Pursuing Victory with Honor for life skills to use on and off the court. Heatwave is about fairness and respect for all players, regardless of skill.

2016 Dates: June 13 –August 6

Ages: 11 – 18 (18 if still in school. Age as of December 31, 2016.) 

Mandatory Basketball Meeting: 

Meeting attendance is required for all players wanting to participate. Date: Mon., June 13
Times: Ages 11–12 6:00 pm, Ages 13–15 7:00 pm, Ages 16–18 8:00 pm
Location: MLK Multipurpose Center

Official Start of Play Tues., June 14.

Location: Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Multipurpose Center, 1028 NE 14th Street 

Ages & Game Times: Evenings after 5:00 pm - 11–12 Fridays, 13 –15 Mon.–Thurs.,16 –18 Mon.–Thurs.

NO GAMES: Mon., July 4 and
Fri., August 5.
Basketball play-offs will occur the last week of Heatwave.

Championship Games: Champs vs. GPD/City: Aug. 4
Location: Martin LutherKing Jr. Multipurpose Center, 1028 NE 14th Street

Team Registration: In order to register as a team, each team must have a coach who meets City of Gainesville volunteer guidelines. If needed, City staff will help a team find a qualified coach.
Does not apply to those registering as an individual player. 

Download Registration Form

Life Skills for On and Off the Court!

Coaches will conduct a 20 minute lesson prior to every game using the Pursuing Victory with Honor curriculum from Character Counts®. All athletes participating in Heatwave must attend or they will not be allowed to participate in the games.


Need a place to hang out with friends? Teen lounge has different activities throughout the week such as swimming, cooking, movie night, video games and so much more! 

2016 Dates & Times: June 13 – August 6 


Ages: 13 – 18 (18 if still in school. Age as of December 31, 2016.)

Time: Mon. – Fri.: 6 – 9 pm, Closed for the July 4 holiday.

Location: MLK Multipurpose Center, 1028 NE 14th Street 

Download Registration Form


Operation Respect Yourself: Want to cool off and avoid the summer heat? Come to one of our pool parties! Enjoy free swimming, dancing, music and food hot off the grill courtesy of our Gainesville Police Department!


Ages: 11 – 18 (18 if still in school. Age as of December 31, 2016.)

 No registration required.

2016 Dates & Time Location
June 9
3 – 7 pm
Andrew R. Mickle, Sr. Pool
1717 SE 15th Street
July 15
11:30 am – 4 pm
H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool
1001 NW 31st Drive
August 6
11:30 am – 4  pm
Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool
 1100 NE 14th Street