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The City of Gainesville’s department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs has scheduled a phased reopening of the city’s pools beginning Monday, June 8. City staff members have installed Plexiglas shields at front desks and implemented strict social distancing and sanitation protocols to maintain public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Gainesville invites the public to participate in a neighborhood workshop to discuss improvements for the Clarence R. Kelly Community Center on Monday, July 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Clarence R. Kelly Community Center (1701 NE Eighth Ave.). Design options will be on display for the public to view and discuss. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Click here to view a map of event parking. This project is funded with the Wild Spaces & Public Places half-cent sales tax. The WSPP sales tax, collected from January 2017 to December 2024, will continue to create, improve and maintain parks and recreational facilities, and acquire and improve environmentally-sensitive lands.
RSVPs are appreciated to allow us to arrange for seating and refreshments. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Sarit Sela at 352-393-8649 or
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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and the Wild Spaces & Public Places program are pleased to announce the installation of new shade structures over the Fred Cone Park bleachers. The canopy offers shaded seating for sports spectators and spans the full length of the bleachers, which will soon accommodate up to 360 people. Measuring 125 feet long, 16 feet high and 21 feet wide, the cost of the project was $75,275.00 and was funded by the Wild Spaces & Public Places half-cent sales tax.

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The Gainesville community is invited to attend the Barbara Higgins Park Dedication Ceremony, held Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m. The park is located at 1352 SE Second St. The dedication is made possible through the support of the Neighborhood Housing & Development Corporation, Lowe’s Home Improvement, the Wild Spaces & Public Places Program, the Springhill Church and the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.

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The City of Gainesville Wild Spaces & Public Places (WSPP), in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, will begin construction on two significant park improvement projects this March, both of which are expected to be completed in fall 2019.

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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce that the Gainesville Arts & Parks Foundation received a $10,000 donation for the Northeast 31st Avenue Park improvements from the GFWC Gainesville Woman’s Club. The improvement project for the park recently received approval for Wild Spaces and Public Places funding as well.

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As part of the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department Nature Operation Division’s routine land management practices, a prescribed burn is scheduled for today, weather and site conditions permitting, at Boulware Springs Nature Park, 3400 SE 15th St., beginning at 10 a.m. and ending before 5 p.m. This is an ecological fuel reduction burn, which will be conducted with support from the Florida Forest Service. The burn will be conducted in the restoration area of the property, and all public access to the northern portion of the park will be prohibited.

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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) and CHW Professional Consultants are providing an opportunity for interested residents to refine and finalize a design for Reserve Park, which is located at 1125 NE Eighth Ave. A community workshop will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 6:15-8 p.m. in the Historic Thomas Center’s Long Gallery (302 NE Sixth Ave.).

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The Gainesville Woman’s Club is hosting an entertaining afternoon of theatre and socializing for a good cause - the Gainesville Arts and Parks (GAP) Foundation, Inc. The event is Sunday, Feb. 11 at 12 p.m. at the Gainesville Woman’s Club, which is located at 2809 W. University Ave.

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With the freezing temperatures predicted this week, the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department will continuously run its backflow preventers throughout the parks and facilities system. This means that the irrigation systems continuously drip in order to prevent freezing, which can damage the irrigation components. The backflow preventers are set to drip from the evening of Wednesday, Jan.17 through the morning of Friday, Jan. 19.

Due to this procedure, the department typically receives calls referencing "leaking pipes and faucets." Please help us inform the general public of this practice. For any questions, please contact Nathaniel Davis at or 352-393-8179.

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