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Posted by: Rawson, Laura

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, city offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4.

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The City of Gainesville is holding a community forum for the finalists for the Equal Opportunity (EO) Director finalists Saturday, June 30 beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the GRU Multipurpose Room, which is located at 301 SE Fourth Ave. in downtown Gainesville.

The Savants of Soul will play at “Free Fridays” Friday, June 29 at 8 p.m. They are a nine-piece Motown soul band built on a foundation of blues, soul, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, punk and ska. In 2015, the band released the EP “Sunday Best,” which followed the release of 2014's full-length LP “Downtown Sound.” The band performed at the Red Gorilla Festival at South by Southwest in 2017, and they have shared the stage with acts such as Charles Bradley, The Original Wailers, Thomas Wynn & The Believers and Selwyn Birchwood.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura

Planned repairs to the streets adjacent to Bo Diddley Plaza were delayed due to extenuating circumstances. Paving, grading and drainage repair has been rescheduled for Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 26 from 6 a.m.–5 p.m. at the corner of Southeast First Street and East University Avenue. The repairs are necessary to resolve water from pooling at the intersection. Please be advised of the following changes to traffic:

  • Southeast First Street (heading north) between Southeast First Avenue and East University Avenue will be closed
  • University Avenue (heading east) between Main Street and Southeast First Street will be closed
  • Posted by: Rawson, Laura

    The City of Gainesville is soliciting input regarding the 2018-2022 Five Year Consolidated Plan and 2018-2019 Annual Action Plan. The Consolidated Plan is a five-year housing and community development planning document that includes how the City of Gainesville will allocate Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program funds. The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans, which provide a concise summary of the actions, activities, and the specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan.

    Posted by: Rawson, Laura

    The City of Gainesville has updated its Citizen Participation Plan for the City of Gainesville’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) grants received annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The public review and written comment period concludes Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

    Posted by: Rawson, Laura
    The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2017 (ending Sept. 30, 2017) is now available online.
    Posted by: Rawson, Laura

    The Equal Opportunity Director interviews being held Tuesday, June 19 will be available online to stream Thursday after all interviews are concluded. 

    On Thursday, June 21 at 10 a.m., thousands of children and adults are invited to unite at aquatics facilities around the world to set a new global record for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL). The City of Gainesville is proud to be one of the nation’s top water safety and training organizations that joins forces with worldwide participants in order to foster education on the vital importance of swimming lessons that aid drowning prevention. The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is joining Team WLSL to once again break a world record and send the message that swimming lessons save lives. The global record attempt takes place at three Gainesville locations: Andrew R. Mickle Pool, Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool and H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool.

    Team WLSL and the City of Gainesville aim to surpass last year’s participant numbers and set an eighth Guinness World Record in this category. The current Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson stands at approximately 41,000  participants representing 27 different countries. Last year, Gainesville’s pools had 438 participants.

    “Our participation is meant to draw attention to a very important message - by teaching children to swim, we are having a real impact on reducing the drowning rate among children,” explains Interim Recreation Manager John Weber. “Our goal is to get the message out to the community that swimming lessons help save lives, while having fun at the same time!”

    Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children age one-five years old, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged one to four, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.

    To participate in this event and be part of history, please arrive at 9:45 a.m., 15 minutes before the swimming lesson, at one of the three Gainesville host location facilities: Mickle Pool, 1717 SE 15th St.; Northeast Pool, 1100 NE 14th St.; or Westside Pool, 1001 NW 31st Dr. Registering for the WLSL allows you to enjoy the pool for the day!

    If you are unable to attend the event, PRCA offers swimming lessons at all three pools during the summer. For more information please visit,AquaticsFitness/Aquatics/SwimLessons.aspx.

    To learn more about this event, visit or call 352-334-5067.

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