New Recreational Amenities Coming to Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department is excited to announce that new recreational amenities are planned for construction at Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park, located at 1500 NW 45th Ave. New facilities will include a picnic pavilion, outdoor fitness circuit and a new playground. Traditional playground favorites are included, such as swings, slides and climbers. Additionally, unique and exciting playground features will be added, such as rope climbers, an oval swing, a zip line and outdoor musical instruments. Once complete, much of the playground will be covered by a shade sail. Adults will have access to a fitness circuit designed to provide a complete workout when users finish the fitness loop. PRCA staff anticipates that the facilities will open by this fall.
Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park contains the headwaters of Hogtown Creek, a well-known natural stream flowing through the heart of Gainesville. The Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park property was once home to a dairy farm. Cows, fences and milking barns were once the main features of the property when the dairy operated from the early 1900s until 1961. The Hartman family continued to live in the 1910-era farmhouse on the property until 2006. A future phase of park development will convert the farmhouse into a nature and historical education center. Elevations and site plan of the proposed renovations may be viewed online at http://tinyurl.com/ycpvzo2v.
The 70-acre Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park property was acquired by the City of Gainesville in 2007, with funding assistance from Florida Communities Trust. Due to the grant award requirements, recreational amenities must be constructed as a condition of the funding. Phase 1 of the park development was completed in 2012 utilizing Wild Spaces Public Places funds, and included parking, earthen nature trails, entrance features, restrooms and some work to secure the historic Hartman residence.
The park will be closed to public access during construction, which begins Monday, Aug. 28. Construction is anticipated to take approximately four months. A grand opening celebration is anticipated for fall 2017. Please follow the progress on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gainesvilleprca.