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Recognizing Florida’s best events, the Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) recently announced the winners of its annual SUNsational Awards during their 23rd annual convention and tradeshow. Four different events produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department were honored with four awards. Jest Fest!, which features world-acclaimed comedy/variety and cirque style entertainment, won first place award for its television advertisement, Hoggetowne Medieval Faire won second place award for its poster, the “Free Fridays” Concert Series won second place award for its Facebook page and the Downtown Festival & Art Show won third place award for its poster.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/25/2017

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA), in partnership with the Neighborhood Housing & Development Corporation (NHDC) and Lowe’s Home Improvement, and with the help of many eager volunteers, will participate in a park cleanup and makeover in celebration of NeighborWorks Week.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/11/2017

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is advising residents and visitors to be especially cautious when visiting local nature parks due to the extremely warm and dry conditions and increased wildfire risk in our region. The danger of wildfires is considered “extreme,” prompting a ban on using grills in city nature parks. Those using grills at recreation parks should be vigilant and watch for any stray sparks or embers.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/8/2017
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is providing an opportunity for interested citizens to give their feedback on future plans for the Kiwanis/Girls Scout Park, which is located at Northwest Eighth Street and Eighth Place. Interested citizens are invited to complete the survey through Monday, May 28, 2017. It may be viewed online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/KiwanisGirlsScout.

For more information, or to have a paper survey mailed to you, please contact Denese Wethy at wethydr@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8530.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/2/2017

As a part of Melanoma Awareness Month, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA), in partnership with IMPACT Melanoma (IMPACT) (formerly Melanoma Foundation of New England), is installing  Bright Guard sunscreen dispensers (for public use) at 50 locations this summer, including parks, pools, athletic fields, trails and more.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/1/2017

Score more fun and fitness with Pop Warner Football or Cheerleading! The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department provides a great opportunity to be active and learn with Pop Warner sports.  We teach our youth that character counts through fairness, caring, citizenship, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness, with a focus on academic achievement.

With the summer heating up, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) has cool, free teen programs to keep the fun going all season long. Summer Heatwave is back with Coed Basketball, a Teen Lounge and Pool Parties!

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
4/19/2017

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is happy to invite friends and neighbors to a bat house installation Tuesday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m. at Possum Creek Park, which is located at 4009 NW 53rd Ave.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
4/3/2017
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is providing an opportunity for interested citizens to give their feedback on future plans for Northside Park (5701 NW 34th Blvd.). Interested citizens are invited to complete the survey through Sunday, April 30, 2017. It may be viewed online at www.SurveyMonkey.com/r/NorthsidePark.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/27/2017
Spring is the time of plans and projects. In an effort to continue beautification works in greater Gainesville, the Institute For Workforce Innovation’s Project YouthBuild Americorps (YouthBuild) continues their services with the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) Tuesday, March 28 at Gainesville’s Historic Evergreen Cemetery, which is located at 401 SE 21st Ave.

The YouthBuild students will bring their skills and efforts to the formidable task of removing more than 150 marked irrigation spigots throughout the cemetery. This intense project will require several days of service.

The City Of Gainesville is providing the necessary tools and training throughout the intense labor process. Project YouthBuild will cut metal spigot pipes at ground level and cap them to remove the unsightly trip hazards.

The volunteer project demonstrates the continued partnership between the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department; Jonathan Leslie, executive director for Institute For Workforce Innovation; and LaShundra Coley’Hale, interim volunteer coordinator for PRCA.

For information on volunteer services with PRCA, please contact LaShundra Coley’Hale at 352-393-8335 or coleyhaleld@cityofgainesville.org.
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