The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places Department, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, want your input on a future nature center at Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park. Interested residents may complete an online one question survey by selecting from a list of four options by the December 17 deadline. The survey is located at http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07efv8phh8jopxhsxt/start
The 70-acre park property located at 1500 NW 45th Ave. was acquired by the city in 2007 with funding assistance from Florida Communities Trust. Funding conditions of the grant require that recreational amenities be constructed, as well as a staffed nature center where year-round educational classes and programs are held. A new playground with outdoor musical instruments and a fitness trail opened to the public in the fall of 2018.
The 1910 Hartman family house still remains on the Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park property. The cost to renovate the structure into a nature center is estimated to be $400,000 due to the structure's advanced state of deterioration. Because of the high renovation cost, Wild Spaces & Public Places is asking you to weigh in on four options being considered.
Your feedback will be brought to the city commission for review in early 2019. Project updates will be provided at http://www.cityofgainesville.org/WildSpacesandPublicPlaces/CurrentProjects
This project is funded with the Wild Spaces & Public Places half-cent sales tax. The WSPP sales tax, collected from January 2017 to December 2024, will continue to create, improve and maintain parks and recreational facilities, and acquire and improve environmentally-sensitive lands.
For questions about this survey, or if you wish to have a hard copy sent to you, please contact Betsy Waite, Director of Wild Spaces & Public Places, at 352-393-8187 or email WildSpacesPublicPlaces@cityofgainesville.org
. Completed surveys must be returned by December 17, to Wild Spaces & Public Places, City of Gainesville, PO Box 490, Station 24, Gainesville, FL 32627.