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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/23/2018

Memorial Day weekend is the start of summer, and all three city pools will be open for the public to make a splash. May is also National Water Safety Month, and the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department’s (PRCA) aquatics staff would like to offer a few helpful tips to make pool time a safe and fun experience for all. Please consider the following when planning and during your visit to a public pool:

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/21/2018

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Aquatic Leadership Camp registration is open. This exciting week-long summer camp is offered for youth 11-14 years old, with six sessions available at H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, starting June 11.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/16/2018

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 and Pool Parties!

Since 2008, Summer Heatwave has been a partnership between PRCA, the Gainesville Police Department (GPD),  the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney’s Office 8th Judicial Court Circuit, and has helped thousands of local youth have a safe and enjoyable summer experience.

Coed Basketball: The Coed Basketball program starts Monday, June 4, and is available for kids age nine–18 (18, if still in school). Coed Basketball is open to all players, regardless of skill. Participants learn valuable skills for on and off the court. Coaches conduct a 15-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. Due to program growth, games will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Multipurpose Center, Eastside High School and Lincoln Middle School, after 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Each age group has a single-elimination tournament during the last week of play. The league champions play against a team from GPD and other City of Gainesville staff Friday, Aug. 2.

Heatwave Pool Parties: This summer’s activities kick off Friday, June 1 with a pool party to celebrate the last day of school at Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast)  Pool, located at 1100 NE 14th St. At Heatwave Pool Parties, youth can swim, dance, listen to music and enjoy some food hot off the grill. Participants must sign in at the front entrance to the pool to receive a wristband. The dates, times and locations for Heatwave Pool Parties are:

  • Friday, June 1, 3–7 p.m. at the Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool (1100 NE 14th St.)
  • Saturday, July 14, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at the H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool (1001 NW 31st Dr.)
  • Saturday, August 3, 2–6 p.m. at the Andrew R. Mickle, Sr. Pool (1717 SE 15th St.)
  • Register for Summer Heatwave in person at the MLK Center or the PRCA Administrative Office. The office is on the third floor of the Thomas Center, building B, which is located at 306 NE Sixth Ave., and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Participants are required to present proof of age at time of registration. Accepted forms are a birth certificate, a State of Florida identification card or a 2017-2018 school year identification card.

    Posted by: Rawson, Laura
    5/14/2018

    The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) wants to keep athletes and beginners motivated with the second race of the 2018 Gainesville Dash & Splash Race Series! The distances are a little longer, with a different race surface than the first. This is a perfect opportunity to challenge your fitness goals!

    Municipal Minutes is an electronic newsletter for the community. The monthly e-newsletter provides information about upcoming activities, projects and events in the City of Gainesville. For more information about this e-newsletter, please contact the Communications Office at 334-5017.
    Municipal Minutes is an electronic newsletter for the community. The monthly e-newsletter provides information about upcoming activities, projects and events in the City of Gainesville. For more information about this e-newsletter, please contact the Communications Office at 334-5017.
    Posted by: Rawson, Laura
    3/23/2018

    The weather is getting warmer, and that means it is time to get in the water! The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is offer two sessions of group swim lessons and several private lessons this spring. Water safety is key to enjoying time at the pool or by the shore, and the lessons are available for any age and skill level to help build confidence.

    The spring group lessons take place at the Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool, 1100 NE 14th Ave. The first session starts April 3, and the second on May 1. Each session is four weeks, with classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a possible weather-related make-up day on Friday. Lessons are available for ages six months to adult. For those unsure their child’s skill level, swim tests are available at Northeast Pool, Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m.

    Private swim lessons are intended for those looking to improve their stroke for training purposes, as well as beginners who may be apprehensive about putting their face in the water.  Private swim lessons are designed to allow the student the opportunity to work one-on-one with a swim instructor at their own pace. These lessons are tailored to meet each participant’s specific needs and goals. Sessions start April 7, and consist of four half-hour classes held over consecutive Saturdays. Classes are held at Northeast Pool, with the exception of the June 9 session, which takes place at H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, 1001 NW 31st Dr.

    The fees for both group and private lessons are $49.25 for city residents and $74.50 for non-city residents. A Gainesville Regional Utilities bill or voter identification card are required for residency verification at the time of registration.

    Registration is available online at https://tinyurl.com/gnvSwimLessons or in person at the PRCA Administrative Office, Thomas Center, Building B, 3rd Floor, 306 NE Sixth Avenue. Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please register at least 48 hours prior to the first lesson.

    For swim lesson information, please contact Scott Chase, program coordinator, at 352-393-8751 or email ChaseSA@cityofgainesville.org.

    Municipal Minutes is an electronic newsletter for the community. The monthly e-newsletter provides information about upcoming activities, projects and events in the City of Gainesville. For more information about this e-newsletter, please contact the Communications Office at 334-5017.
    Municipal Minutes is an electronic newsletter for the community. The monthly e-newsletter provides information about upcoming activities, projects and events in the City of Gainesville. For more information about this e-newsletter, please contact the Communications Office at 334-5017.
    Posted by: Rawson, Laura
    10/10/2017

    Albert “Ray” Massey (Westside) Park (1001 NW 34th St.) is going to the dogs for a whole weekend of family fun! The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) has partnered with University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine (UFCVM) and Climb for Cancer Foundation to bring three dog-centered events together for Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22.

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