Open Houses for Albert "Ray" Massey Park Renovations


The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and the Wild Spaces & Public Places program invite our neighbors to attend an open house to review plans for future improvements at the Albert “Ray” Massey Park playground.

When: Saturday, Sept. 11, 9-11 a.m. or Sunday, Sept. 12, 3-5 p.m.

Where: Albert "Ray" Massey Park (1001 NW 34th St.), under the pavilion closest to the playground

Inspired by the NW Eighth Avenue Solar Walk, the space-themed playground will offer a wide variety of physical, social and sensory play experiences for children of all ages and abilities. Fully accessible play surfacing and a colorful theme will boost imaginative play within the fully-fenced playground.

With the variety of side-by-side play experiences and opportunities, the Albert “Ray” Massey Playground will provide adventure as children investigate three themed play zones:

  • Explore the large space station within the ‘Astronauts in Space’ play area, featuring an interconnected, fully accessible, ramping structure.
  • Experience ‘Deep Space Travel’ through swings and spinners.
  • Emerge into a realm of‘ Planetary Exploration’ full of sliding, spinning and climbing among planet-like mounds.

The public is invited to review and comment on the designs by attending one of two on-site meetings held at the park’s playground pavilion. You may also review the plans online and submit your comments via email to, or by phone at 352-393-8187. Comments received by Sept. 10 will be incorporated into the open houses.

Construction of the park playground is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2022.