The Star Good Neighbor award recognizes the efforts of individuals, groups or organizations that help to maintain and preserve natural areas within the City of Gainesville. Awardees are recognized for their positive impact in promoting environmental awareness, environmental stewardship or other environmental contribution.
Posted by: Katharine Berry
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department is happy to announce that the park will be open seven days a week, including federal and state holidays, starting Thursday, Oct. 1. Sweetwater Wetlands Park was constructed by the City of Gainesville Public Works Department and Gainesville Regional Utilities to improve water quality at Paynes Prairie. Now managed by PRCA, the park contains three miles of trails and boardwalks, and offers spectacular wildlife watching opportunities. Sweetwater Wetlands Park is not only a place to connect with nature, it is also a way to protect our environment. Share your experiences on social media with #SweetwaterWetlandsPark.
Posted by: Katharine Berry
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department is happy to announce that, starting Monday, Sept. 14, visitors will be able to purchase annual passes to enjoy Sweetwater Wetlands Park. The annual pass costs $75, and is valid from Oct. 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2016. Passes allow a vehicle to enter the park with any number of persons in the car. Passes are available for purchase in person at the PRCA Administrative Office, which is located on the third floor of the Thomas Center, Building B (306 NE Sixth Ave.), and is open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Posted by: Katharine Berry
Increasing numbers of park visitors, including summer campers and families looking for recreation, have been seen wading, or even swimming, in the creeks in City of Gainesville nature parks. Unfortunately, due to public health concerns, the City of Gainesville does not promote the use of Hogtown Creek and other urban creeks for public bathing or other water access.
Posted by: Katharine Berry

Please be advised that the nature trail in Loblolly Woods Nature Park that connects NW 16th Avenue to the boardwalk is currently impassible due to large volumes of water and sediment washing down from the 16th Avenue construction.  This situation is being corrected by the contractor and monitored by Alachua County.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Posted by: Katharine Berry
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is happy to announce that seasonal passes to enjoy the Sweetwater Wetlands Park are now available. The seasonal pass costs $25, and is valid from May through September 2015.
Posted by: Katharine Berry
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department is happy to announce that Sweetwater Wetlands Park, formerly known as the Paynes Prairie Sheetflow Restoration Project, is now open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 7 a.m. to sunset. The entry fee is $5 per vehicle or $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. The park is located at 325 SW Williston Road. For directions, a map can be viewed at
Posted by: Katharine Berry
Cofrin Nature Park, which is located at 4810 NW Eighth Ave., is closing beginning Monday, April 6, for major structural repairs to stabilize the shoreline of Beville Creek, a stream that bisects the park. It is anticipated that the park will reopen in August 2015.
Posted by: Katharine Berry

Please join us on Wednesday, February 25, at 6:00pm to discuss future development plans for Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park located at 1500 NW 45 Avenue.

Posted by: Katharine Berry
The 2nd Annual Survivors of Suicide Candlelight Vigil will be held Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Survivors of Suicide Memory Garden in Cofrin Nature Park, located at 4810 NW Eighth Ave. Activities will start at 4 p.m., with a ceremony beginning at 5:15 p.m.
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