Teen Summer Programs

Have a great time at Summer Heatwave? Let us know!

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


Come join our coed athletics program. Build character through fairness and respect for all players, regardless of skill.

2015 Dates: June 15 –August 14

Ages: 11 – 18 (18 if still in school. Age as of December 31, 2015.)

Game Times by Age: 11–12 Mon.–Thurs., 4–5pm; 13 –15 Tues. & Thurs., 2 – 9 pm; 16 –18 Mon. & Wed., 2 – 9 pm

Last game starts at 8 pm.
Friday–Sunday are reserved for make up games.
No games July 3, 6–10, there will be Open Gym 1– 8 pm.
Basketball tournaments will occur the last two weeks of Heatwave.

Championship Games: Each Age Group: Aug. 12–13; Champs vs. GPD/City: Aug. 14
Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center, 1028 NE 14th Street

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Life Skills for On and Off the Court!

Teens must participate in two life skill classes that will feature a guest speaker at the MLK Center. Life skill classes are mandatory in order to play basketball or participate in the Teen Lounge.
Additionally, coaches will conduct a 20 minute lesson prior to every game that team members must attend.


Need a safe place to hang out with your friends, play video games, and ping-pong? Show us what it means when Character Counts through trustworthiness and caring while having a good time at your neighborhood center.

2015 Dates & Times: June 15 – August 14, Mon. – Thurs.: 6 – 9 pm; Fri.: 2 – 9 pm, Open Gym on Fridays from 2– 6 pm.

Ages: 13 – 18 (18 if still in school. Age as of December 31, 2015.)

Wristband required for entry into the center. Register on location at the center. Closed for the July 4 holiday.

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

No Ride? No Problem!

Times:    Pick-up: 5:30 pm
              Drop-off: 8:30–9:30 pm
Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations:    
    Eastside Community Center
    2841 E University Avenue
    Northwood Villas 
    Community Center
    2509 NW 57th Place

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Come join one of our pool parties this summer and celebrate good character, citizenship and responsibility while having a good time! Swim, dance, listen to music and enjoy a little food, hot off the grill! Operation Respect Yourself is a partnership between the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and the Gainesville Police Department.

Ages: 11 – 18 (18 if still in school. Age as of December 31, 2015.)

 No registration required.

2015 Dates & Time Location
June 4, 3 – 7 pm Andrew R. Mickle, Sr. Pool, 1717 SE 15th Street
July 18, 11:30 am – 4 pm Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool, 1100 NE 14th Street
August 14, 11:30 am – 4 pm H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, 1001 NW 31st Drive





Recent Public Service Anouncement from WUFT, June 17, 2015.