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Families in the Porters neighborhood will once again say goodbye to summer and hello to the new school year with a Back-to-School Summer Block Party on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
7/31/2018

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is facilitating the installation of geothermal pumps at H. Spurgeon Cherry “Westside” Pool. Work will begin the week of Aug. 6, and it is anticipated that the pumps will come online in November 2018. Service to the pool will not be disrupted.

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
7/31/2018

Mayor Lauren Poe announced "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" by Matthew Desmond as the next selection for the Mayor’s Book Club. The public is invited to read and participate in discussion about the themes raised in the book. The only rule is that people enter the discussion with an open mind, and discuss the book with civility and positivity.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
7/30/2018

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is pleased to offer another year of Foundations Academy. The after-school program takes place from Monday, Aug. 20–Friday, May 31, and is available at four convenient locations: Albert “Ray” Massey Recreation Center, Eastside Community Center, Clarence R. Kelly Community Center and Porters Community Center.

The Bridget Kelly Band is playing at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series at the Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville Friday, Aug. 3 from 8-10 p.m.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is pleased to announce a recreation opportunity for a Gainesville family to enjoy a year’s worth of events, programs, tours and more - at no cost! Now in its fourth year, the Michelle Park Family Recreation Scholarship provides a low- to moderate-income family from Gainesville the opportunity to participate in nature, recreation and cultural activities which are offered by PRCA and other providers in the community, such as the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Arts and the Florida Museum of Natural History. This scholarship was made possible through the generous gift of an anonymous donor.

The award consists of one scholarship valued at $1,500, including a $250 gas gift card, that can be used to enjoy activities such as:

  1. After-school activities and day camps for school breaks and teacher holidays, for children age six–12
  2. Access to the Wellness Center at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose Center
  3. Tickets to cultural events, such as the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
  4. An annual pass to Sweetwater Wetlands Park
  5. Adult and youth recreation and sports activities such as golf lessons, swimming lessons and tennis lessons; free registration to participate in city-sponsored youth baseball, basketball, flag football, Pop Warner football or cheerleading

Criteria:

  1. Family must be live within City of Gainesville city limits;
  2. Family must meet the criteria of the Alachua County School Board Free or Reduced Lunch Program and
  3. Family must be able to complete 20 volunteer hours during the award year or the following year.

Application packets are available at the Albert “Ray” Massey Westside Recreation Center, Clarence R. Kelly Community Center, Eastside Community Center, MLK Multipurpose Center, T. B. McPherson Center, Porters Community Center and the PRCA Administrative Office, which is located on the third floor of the Thomas Center, Building B. The packets are also available online at http://tinyurl.com/gnvScholarships.

The deadline for scholarship applications is Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Final scholarship award selection will be made by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department’s evaluation team. Applications may be dropped off in person at the Administrative Office, Thomas Center, Building B, Third Floor, Reception Desk, 306 NE Sixth Ave., Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Please email Jennifer Harrington, program assistant, at HarringtoJL@cityofgainesville.org or mail the application to:
City of Gainesville
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department
PO Box 490, Station 24
Gainesville, FL 32627-0490

The band Crooked Counsel will play at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville Friday, July 27 from 8-10 p.m.

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.

The band Pine will play at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville Friday, July 20 from 8-10 p.m.

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