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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) draws another successful Summer Heatwave program to a close by featuring two great events. Several coed basketball championship games will be played Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center (MLK) and a Back-to-School Pool Party will take place at Andrew R. Mickle Sr. Pool Sunday, Aug. 5.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
7/16/2018
It’s time to step up to the plate! Registration for the City of Gainesville Adult Softball League is open until Friday, Aug. 31. Teams can play on the Monday Men’s League or Tuesday and Friday Coed Leagues. Joining a softball league is a great opportunity for office workers, church groups and other organizations to network, have fun and meet new friends!

The Monday Night Men’s League starts Sept. 10; the Tuesday Night Coed League starts Sept. 11 and the Friday Night Coed League begins Sept. 14. The season for each league ends Friday, Dec. 14.

A mandatory team manager meeting is Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center meeting room, which is located at 1028 NE 14th St. All team managers are expected to attend, as well as individuals still looking to join a team.

The cost for each team is $203.50 for city residents and $304.75 for non-city residents. Teams will not be registered until payment, the roster form and all player contracts are submitted.

All forms and information are available on the Adult Athletics webpage.

Teams must register in person at Thomas Center Building B, 3rd Floor, which is located at 306 NE Sixth Ave., and is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please bring proof of residency when you come to register.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/5/2018

Participants will be able to provide additional feedback and comments on designs for the park. The designs were developed from the results of community focus groups and a survey conducted in May 2018. Free hot dogs and shaved ice will be available for guests.

In November 2016, Alachua County voters approved Wild Spaces and Public Places, a one-half percent sales tax to be collected in the county from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2024, to acquire and improve environmentally-sensitive lands and to create, improve and maintain parks and recreational facilities. Improvements to the Northeast 31st Avenue Park is a Wild Spaces and Public Places project.

For questions about improvements to the park, please contact Betsy Waite, director of Wild Spaces and Public Places for the City of Gainesville, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) and the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) invite everyone to splash into the season at the Summer Heatwave Pool Party Friday, June 1 at Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool (1100 NE 14th St.). Admission to the pool is free during the party from 3-7 p.m.

At Summer Heatwave Pool Parties, youth swim, dance, listen to music and enjoy food grilled up by officers and cadets from GPD. 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.)
  • Friday, Aug. 3, 2–6 p.m. at the Andrew R. Mickle, Sr. Pool (1717 SE 15th St.)
  • This year’s party also features sign-up for both Summer Heatwave Basketball and Pop Warner Football and Cheer. Parents will be able to pick up registration packets for both sports.

    Registration information for Summer Heatwave Basketball is available online at http://www.cityofgainesville.org/ParksRecreationCulturalAffairs/YouthProgramsCamps/TeenSummerPrograms.aspx.

    Registration for Pop Warner Football and Cheer is available online at http://www.cityofgainesville.org/ParksRecreationCulturalAffairs/Sports,AquaticsFitness/Athletics/PopWarner.aspx.

    Since 2008, Summer Heatwave has been a partnership between PRCA, 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.

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

    Posted by: Rawson, Laura
    5/29/2018

    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.

    The mission of Pop Warner Little Scholars is to enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment. Through this active participation, Pop Warner programs teach fundamental values, skills and knowledge that young people will use throughout their lives.

    Pop Warner seeks to provide fun athletic learning opportunities for children, while emphasizing the importance of academic success. Football and cheerleading participants that excel in the classroom may be eligible for Scholastic All-American recognition.

    Participants in football, age five to 13, compete against peers of similar age and size. Pop Warner is the only youth football program that sets and enforces a strict age and weight matrix to help reduce the chance of injury. Pop Warner programs have no tryouts.

    Our cheerleading program teaches skill and discipline for children, age five to 11. All participants that meet Pop Warner’s scholastic requirements are accepted.

    For both football and cheerleading, there are recreational and competitive teams. The football and cheer teams with younger participants, the Tiny-Mites and Mitey-Mites, are considered recreational leagues, focusing on the fundamentals of the football and cheer. The Junior Pee Wee and Junior Varsity for football and Junior Pee Wee for cheerleading, compete at the league level, with the potential advancement to regional and national competition. There are additional fees if a team advances to the regional or national level. Information is detailed in the Parent Packet available on the website.

    Coaches are a vital part of Pop Warner’s success. Volunteer to make a meaningful impact on young lives! Parents are also needed for team support and fundraising. Information and volunteer applications are available on the website.

    For information on registration, fees and uniforms, please contact the administrative office at 352-334-5067, Mon.–Fri. from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. or visit www.tinyurl.com/gnvPopWarner.

    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.)
  • Friday, 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.

    The City of Gainesville celebrates National Bike Month with a Bike Ride with the Mayor and Commissioners Saturday, May 26 beginning at 9 a.m. The public is invited to join Mayor Lauren Poe, City Commissioners and other local leaders to highlight the benefits of cycling and the coordinated efforts of the city, county, university and local developers to create a continuous urban trail system.

    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.
    Posted by: Rawson, Laura
    4/25/2018

    Participants in the Foundations Academy After-School Program combined their efforts to create an Earth Day-themed project to promote litter-reduction at Albert “Ray” Massey (Westside) Park and Recreation Center. The Foundations program is run by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) for children in first through eighth grade and focuses on the Character Counts® curriculum, which teaches the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

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