On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is hosting its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at the Historic Thomas Center (302 NE Sixth Ave.). Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe will be on hand to welcome citizens, and call for the giant tree to be lit. The free program runs from 6–8 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: From Sunday, November 11 through Sunday, November 25, Northeast Pool will be CLOSED so that we can partially drain the pool and install a shallow-end bulkhead. This will give us the ability to add more short-course lap lanes. During this pool closure, H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool on 1001 NW 31st Drive, will be open. Thank you for your patience!
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) and Evergreen Cemetery Association of Gainesville, Inc. are pleased to announce a special Veterans Day ceremony at Historic Evergreen Cemetery on Monday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. Commemorated at the event will be the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI. The 162-year-old cemetery is the final resting place of American Veterans who served in every conflict from the Second Seminole War in 1835 through the First Gulf War in 1990 and is located at 401 SE 21st Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641.
The City of Gainesville’s Ironwood Golf Course has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Participation is designed to help course personnel plan, organize, implement and document a comprehensive environmental management program, and receive recognition for their efforts. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas, including environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management.
The City of Gainesville wants your feedback on future park improvements at the Lincoln Yard site, which is located between Southeast Eighth Avenue and Southeast 15th Avenue, east of Southeast 20th Street. Interested members of the public are invited to attend the project’s Open House Monday, Aug. 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Gainesville Technology Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) building, located on 2153 SE Hawthorne Rd. Come to learn about the project and site, and to let us know what improvements you would like to see at this location.
Light refreshments will be provided.
RSVPs are not required, but please let us know if you plan to attend so there is an appropriate amount of seating and refreshments. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Sarit Sela, city architect, at 352-393-8649 or email@example.com.
As part of the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department Nature Operation Division’s routine land management practices, a prescribed burn is scheduled for today, weather and site conditions permitting, at Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue, beginning at 10 AM and ending before 5:00 P.M. This is an ecological fuel reduction burn, which will be conducted with support from the Florida Forest Service. All public access to the park and living history farm will be prohibited during the burn.
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.
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.
Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park: The paving of the parking lot is completed and the park will be open again on July 4, from 7 am to 8 pm. Park visitors are invited to enjoy the new amenities feature a picnic pavilion, outdoor fitness circuit, playground with equipment for kids of all ages and abilities, and outdoor musical instruments. A grand opening will take place in the Fall.
Professional contractors working for GRU will be using an airboat to treat invasive aquatic plants at Sweetwater Wetlands Park during the week of June 11. The park will be open as scheduled.