Current Projects

As of November 2020

Unity Park and Flatwoods Conservation Area Trailhead Improvements: The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is pleased to announce that work has begun at Unity Park, a new neighborhood park located at 1700 NE 31st Ave. Improvements to the park include two new basketball courts, a community garden, playground equipment, sidewalk games, a pavilion, grill and a walking loop with fitness stations. The Flatwoods Conservation Area Trailhead, located nearby at 2010 NE 31st Ave., will also be renovated.  The approximate project cost is $1,043,721 and work should be complete by summer 2021. AKEA, Inc. a local, minority, certified service-disabled veteran owned small business, is the general contractor for the project.  For more information, please contact Pete McNiece, project manager, at 352-393-8544 or mcniecepr@cityofgainesville.org.

A. Quinn Jones Museum ImprovementsThe City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is pleased to announce that work is almost complete at the A. Quinn Jones Museum, located at 1013 NW 7th Ave. Improvements include creating a stormwater management system under the newly paved parking lot, a brick paver courtyard at the rear of the building with new seating, a storage shed, bike racks, landscaping and site lighting. The approximate project cost is $313,000 and work should be complete early November. For more information, please contact Pete McNiece, project manager, at 352-393-8544 or mcniecepr@cityofgainesville.org.

Albert “Ray” Massey Park Improvements: The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is pleased to announce that improvements at Albert “Ray” Massey Park, located at 1001 NW 34th St., began in March and are expected to be complete by November. Improvements to baseball fields 1 and 2 include field regrading, new “performance” turf, reconstruction of the ramp to the scorer’s platform, a new ADA accessible viewing area over field 1 and erosion stabilization measures. Access to fields 1 and 2 will be limited during construction.

Improvements to the park’s Northwest 34th Street/SR 121 parking areas began in mid-June and were completed in September. The southernmost entrance has been permanently closed. This will minimize vehicular traffic adjacent to the children’s playground and reduce congestion and the associated safety concerns at the intersection with NW 8th Ave. The parking area was reconfigured to provide 20 new parking spaces, dedicated bus, scooter and motorcycle parking and triple the number of ADA spaces. In addition, the 50 year-old water line under the parking lot was replaced. Work was done incrementally to allow access to the Westside Park’s Recreation Center, tennis courts, pool and other amenities. The project cost is $810,449. Hicks Asphalt Paving & Concrete Company, a small, local vendor, is the general contractor for the project. For more information, please contact Pete McNiece, project manager, at 352-393-8544 or mcniecepr@cityofgainesville.org.

Completed Projects: Jan. 2017 - October 2020

Northside Park Improvements: The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and the Rotary Clubs of Gainesville Foundation, is pleased to announce that the large park renovation project at Northside Park, located at 5701 NW 34th Blvd, completed in October of 2020.

Improvements included the addition of 40 parking spaces, a new playground and construction of a new multi-generational play area, the “Generations Play Zone”. The Generations Play Zone was designed to provide activities for all ages and will include outdoor games such as bocce ball, pickleball/tennis courts, pétanque, table tennis, checkers and chess. It will also include an outdoor patio, a large pavilion with grills, shaded seating and viewing areas and a walking path with outdoor exercise equipment. The approximate project cost was $2 million. Scherer Construction of North Florida facilitated the work.  For more details about the project, click here. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Sharmie Ffar & Wilhelmina Johnson Cultural Center: The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with Park Operations, is pleased to announce the completion of a new wooden fence on the east property line of the park. This fence separates the park’s play areas from the adjacent neighborhood and provides a visual screen for the community from the playground and NW 10th St. The fence was paid for by WSPP and installed by Park Operations Staff in September 2020. The approximate project cost was $1,500.  For more information, please contact Pete McNiece, project manager, at 352-393-8544 or mcniecepr@cityofgainesville.org.

Oakview Park ImprovementsThe City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is pleased to announce that work is nearly complete at Oakview Park (formerly named Kiwanis Girl Scout Park), located at 810 NW 8th Ave.  Improvements include updating the nearly 64-year-old building, a new modern playground, new plants, removing invasive species and adding parking. Completion of the project is estimated for September of 2020. The approximate project cost is $998,000. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Nature Center at Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park: The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is pleased to announce that renovations on the circa 1890 farm house are nearly complete, with an anticipated completion date of September. Upon finishing renovations, the farm house will be developed into a nature center for the Gainesville community. The project cost is approximately $478,000. Click here to view in-progress photos of the nature center’s renovation.J.E. Decker Construction is the general contractor facilitating the work. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Hippodrome Theatre Improvements: The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is pleased to announce that renovations to the first and second floor lobby areas are complete. Improvements included new paint, flooring, doors and door frames, wood trim and countertops, new lighting and fixtures and restoration and relocation of existing historic light fixtures. The project completed in late August. The approximate project cost was $196,562. Joyner Construction Partners, LLC was the general contractor for the project.  For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Depot Park Improvements: The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is pleased to announce that electrical improvements completed at Depot Park in August.  The work included the addition of bollard lighting from the Depot Park parking lot to the old RTS parking lot.  This project also included a large electrical capacity upgrade to the park.  Existing light poles were retrofitted with electrical outlets and additional 30 and 50 amp outlets were strategically located in the Little Lawns, the West Overlook, the East Overlook and the Open Lawn to better accommodate programming and events held at Depot Park.  The approximate project cost was $456,991.  Oelrich Construction, Inc. was the general contractor for the project.  For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

San Felasco Park Improvements: The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is pleased to announce that San Felasco Park now has a new play structure geared towards children between 5—12 years old. Work completed in July. The approximate project cost was $28,915.  For more information, please contact John Weber, project manager, at 352-393-8186 or weberjf@cityofgainesville.org.

Springtree Park Improvements: The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is pleased to announce that construction completed in July on improvements to Springtree Park—a neighborhood nature park located at 2700 NW 39th Ave.  The project included improved trails, park access improvements, a new playground, adult fitness stations, a deck overlooking Three Lakes Creek, a pavilion with tables, park signage and much more!  Click here to view park photos. The approximate project cost was $197,609.  For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Morningside Nature Center Improvements:  The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is pleased to announce that new Timucuan Indian living historical exhibits have been constructed at Morningside Nature Center. The structures were built on June 16 and 17 by Big Kahuna Tiki Huts, Inc. in partnership with the Seminole Indian Tribe using hand-hewn cypress poles and freshly harvested cabbage palm fronds from the Florida Everglades. The project cost was $29,885.00. Click here to view photos of the new structures. For more information, please contact Pete McNiece, project manager, at 352-393-8544 or mcniecepr@cityofgainesville.org

Wilhelmina Johnson Resource Center / Sharmie Ffar Park Improvements: The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is pleased to announce that a large pavilion with tables and an accessible path were erected at Sharmie Ffar Park.  Click here to view photos of the new pavilion. The approximate project cost was $43,842. For more information, please contact Pete McNiece, project manager, at 352-393-8544 or mcniecepr@cityofgainesville.org

Tom Petty Park Improvements: The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is pleased to announce that an irrigation well was installed at Tom Petty Park. The work took place in early June. The approximate project cost was $18,995. For more information, please contact John Weber, project manager, at 352-393-8186 or weberjf@cityofgainesville.org.  

Bo Diddley Plaza Improvements: Bike Racks and Bike Repair Station: The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is pleased to announce that a new bike repair station and air pump was installed on the east side of the plaza by the Alachua County Civil Courthouse building. Additional bike racks accommodating up to 32 bikes were also installed throughout the plaza. The approximate cost for the improvements was $6,600. The work was completed by City Park Operations staff in collaboration with the City’s Public Works Department Operations personnel.  The work took place in March and April of 2020.  

TB McPherson Park Improvements: The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is pleased to announce that NIDY Sports Construction Company, Inc. has completed the wholesale renovation of the tennis courts at T.B. McPherson Park, located at 1717 SE 15th Street. This is our most recent effort towards fulfilling the City Commission’s stated goal of having a world-class park system in Gainesville. After many years of continuous community use, the T.B. McPherson Park tennis courts have developed significant cracking. The contractor was hired to demo and rebuild the courts, and provide new nets, posts, perimeter fencing and windscreens. The cost of the project was $173,407. For more information, please contact Pete McNiece, project manager, at 352-393-8544 or mcniecepr@cityofgainesville.org.

Northside Park Disc Golf Bridge Work: The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is pleased to announce that improvements to the disc golf bridge, between holes 6 and 7, took place from March 13 through 15.  The cost of the project was approximately $9,500. For more information, please contact Pete McNiece, project manager, at 352-393-8544 or mcniecepr@cityofgainesville.org.

Lincoln-Williams Drainage Improvements: The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the School Board of Alachua County, is pleased to announce that work completed on drainage improvements at the fields between Abraham Lincoln Middle School and Joseph Williams Elementary School.  This construction project will improve field conditions after heavy rainfall and allow for greater recreational use.  For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Bo Diddley Plaza Improvements: Accessibility improvements at Bo Diddley Plaza included addressing bricked areas that have settled and formed uneven walking surfaces. To level those areas, a concrete base was poured. Areas receiving a new surface were those most significantly worn due to the amount of foot traffic that Bo Diddley Plaza experiences. Improvements cost $130,000. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Boulware Springs Park Improvements: The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is pleased to announce that a new metal roof was installed in January on the pavilion at Boulware Springs Park.  American Roofing Company, a small, local business, was the contractor for the work. For more information, please contact Pete McNiece, project manager, at 352-393-8544 or mcniecepr@cityofgainesville.org.

Reserve Park (a new Neighborhood Park): The City of Gainesville’s Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, is pleased to announce that construction completed in January on a neighborhood park located at 700 NE 11th Street. The park includes playground equipment, a community garden, traveling rings, an obstacle course with fitness stations, picnic areas, and a memorial to Reserve Soldiers. Work began in May and Anglin Construction Company was the general contractor.  A community celebration will take place on February 22nd at 11am at the new park. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Fred Cone Park Improvements: Drainage and turf improvements completed in October of 2019 and the field reopened to the public.  Before this project, the field was holding water after significant rain events, making it unplayable for multiple days. Foresight Construction Group, Inc. oversaw the work with construction being facilitated by ZORRN Company, Inc. Completed photos of Fred Cone Park can be seen on our Flickr page. For more information, please contact John Weber, project manager, at 352-393-8186 or weberjf@cityofgainesville.org.

SW 47th Ave Trail (SW 40th Blvd to SW 34th St):This trail project consisted of the construction of a 1,619 foot paved multiuse trail on the north side of SW 47th Avenue from SW 40th Boulevard to SW 34th Street. Construction began in September 2018 and completed in October 2019. The trail was constructed by Commercial Industrial Corp. and connects high-density residential areas to activity centers off of SW 34th Street. Take a look at some photos of the completed SW 47th Avenue and SW 40th Boulevard Trail.  For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Duval Park Boardwalk Replacement: The boardwalk replacement project in Duval Park completed in late August. This project included the replacement of the wooden boardwalk that is part of a ½ mile walking loop within the park. AKEA, Inc. oversaw the work and construction was by Diversified Professional Service Corporation of Dade City, FL. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Lincoln Park Improvements: Work recently completed on new concrete pads for new bleachers and dugouts, a 10’ homerun fence, new sidewalks and a new water bottle filler on the restroom building at Lincoln Park. A scoreboard was installed in July. For more information, please contact John Weber, project manager, at 352-393-8186 or weberjf@cityofgainesville.org

Barbara Higgins Park: A clean-up day for this park took place on Friday, June 7, 2019, in partnership with Lowe’s and Neighborhood Housing Development Corporation. New benches, tables and a grill were installed, as well as fresh mulch for the playground. There was also a dedication ceremony that took place. For additional information, please contact John Weber, project manager, at 352-393-8186 or weberjf@cityofgainesville.org

Fred Cone Park Improvements: The installation of new shade structures over the Fred Cone Park bleachers completed in June 2019. The canopy offers shaded seating for sports spectators and spans the full length of the bleachers, which will soon accommodate up to 360 people. Measuring 125 feet long, 16 feet high and 21 feet wide, the cost of the project was $75,275.00. For more information, please contact John Weber, project manager, at 352-393-8186 or weberjf@cityofgainesville.org

Green Acres Park Improvements: Green Acres Park is tucked away in the Sugarfoot neighborhood and is surrounded by conservation lands and trails. Improvements to the park completed in May and included a new playground, picnic pavilion, picnic tables and benches, new adult outdoor fitness equipment and a sidewalk connecting all of the park amenities to each other. For more information, please contact Michelle Park, project manager, at 352-316-4532 or parkma@cityofgainesville.org.

Ironwood Golf Course Improvements: Lighting was installed at the Ironwood Golf Course driving range.  Musco sports lighting allows golf course patrons to utilize the driving range for extended hours during the winter months.  This project completed in April. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Depot Park Improvements:This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consists of the addition of a trail connection between the old RTS parking lot and the trail on the east side of Depot Park. This connection will make it more convenient for guests of the park to use the overflow parking area. Construction began December 7th  and will complete by the end of the year. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org

Morningside Nature Center  
Morningside Nature Center welcomed Zinnia, a Jersey Calf, to the farm this past December.  Zinnia has a vibrant personality and she looks forward to meeting you. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

City Pool Improvements
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consists of the installation of geothermal heating and cooling pumps at H. Spurgeon Cherry “Westside” Pool.  Geothermal pumps in conjunction with solar blankets will allow the pool to remain open all year long.  The pump installation began in August and will take place through September.  It is anticipated that the pumps will come online in October of 2018.  For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Fred Cone Park Improvements
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consisted of multiple improvements to the park to include resurfacing the track, installing shade structures, a GaGa pit and adding sidewalks near the bleachers.  The installation of shade structures over the playground equipment, a GaGa pit and the construction of an additional sidewalk between the track and bleachers (to prevent sand from getting on the track) were completed in February. Further improvements are in the planning stage. For more information, please contact John Weber, project manager, at 352-393-8186 or weberjf@cityofgainesville.org.

Shade Structures
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consisted of installing shade structures over playground equipment and other park amenities at ten parks. The final installation of a shade structure at T.B. McPherson Park’s tennis courts completed in February of 2018.  Installations of shade structures took place at Depot Park, Roper Park, Rosa B. Williams Center, Cofrin Nature Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center, Cedar Grove Park, Fred Cone Park, Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool deck, Porters Community Center, and T.B. McPherson Park. This project, in conjunction with the sunscreen dispenser installation throughout city parks, encourages safe play and provides comfort for all users. For more information, please contact John Weber, project manager, at 352-393-8186 or weberjf@cityofgainesville.org.

Lincoln Park Improvements
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consists of multiple improvements to the park.  Field grading and other field improvements such as new bases, home plate and pitching rubber were installed during Spring Break week, from March 26 through March 29.  This work was completed by City Staff. For more information, please contact Nat Davis, project manager, at 352-393-8179 or DavisNR@cityofgainesville.org

Ironwood Golf Course Improvements
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consisted of improving drainage to the fairways, adding additional equipment storage areas, installing a new restroom on the front 9, resealing the parking lot, cleaning ditches and ponds, repairing cart paths, replacing banquet room furnishings, lighting and carpet upgrades and other clubhouse renovations.  For more information, please contact Jeff Cardozo, project manager, at 352-334-2202 or Cardozojm@cityofgainesville.org

Rosa B. Williams Center Renovations
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consisted of an interior renovation to include replacing the ceiling, doors and flooring, updating signage, expanding storage, replacing interior and exterior lighting and other general improvements. For more information, please contact Russell Etling, project manager, at 352-393-8532 or etlingrh@cityofgainesville.org.

Thomas Center Building Renovations
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consisted of replacing indoor and outdoor lighting, repairing the fountain, installing a bike rack and minor landscaping improvements. Future improvements to the museum and art galleries are anticipated. For more information, please contact Sarit Sela, project manager, at 352-393-8207 or selas@cityofgainesville.org.

A. Quinn Jones Museum
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consisted of renovating exterior storage; installing a security system on both buildings and fabricating the interior exhibits; both traveling exhibits and permanent exhibits. For more information, please contact Ori Baber, project manager, at 352-393-8213 or BaberOR@cityofgainesville.org.

Hippodrome Improvements
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consisted of a number of safety and energy efficiency upgrades. The emergency communication system was replaced, lighting was upgraded to LED, the Box Office window was replaced, the second floor handrails were replaced and the exterior handicap ramp and exit tower railings were repaired. For more information, please contact Bob Robins, project manager, at 352-373-5968 or brobins@thehipp.org.

Communications Archive

WSPP is on the Commission agenda; Unity Park Groundbreaking and Thelma Boltin Center Nov. 3, 2020

Northside Park is now open October 26, 2020

Northside Park renovation update October 6, 2020

City Commisson Agenda Meeting, Clarence R. Kelly Community Center update Sept. 16, 2020

Unity Park construction will begin soon July 31, 2020

Cultural Affairs Sites—Project Updates  July 30, 2020

Nature Parks Project Updates July 27, 2020

Active Parks Project Updates July 23, 2020

Clarence R. Kelly Community Center and Park Update June 8, 2020

City Commission agenda, Nature Center at Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park June 2, 2020

City Commission agenda, Thelma Bolton Center design and engineering services negotiations May 19, 2020

City Commission agenda, authorization for construction of Unity Park, renovation of the Flatwoods Conservation Area Trailhead and demolition of NE 31st Ave. Park May 5, 2020

Wild Spaces & Public Places Fiscal Year 2019 Report March 30, 2020

General Policy Meeting Presentation March 10, 2020

Bo Diddley ADA improvements are complete March 5, 2020

Reserve Park dedication ceremony was a big success! Feb 27, 2020

Reserve Park Ribbon Cutting Celebration Invitation Feb 17, 2020

Gainesville has a new neighborhood park! Reserve Park is now open Feb 10, 2020

Albert “Ray” Massey (Westside) Park Improvements Jan 30, 2020

Wild Spaces & Public Places to present at the City Commission meeting Jan 16, 2020

Tennis Court Reconstruction at T.B. McPherson Park Jan 9, 2020

Open call for memories of the C. R. Layton United States Army Reserve Center Jan 2, 2020

Fred Cone Park track infield improvements are complete Dec. 19, 2019

Bo Diddley plaza scheduled for ADA improvements Nov. 27, 2019

Northside Park Parking and Stormwater Improvements Nov. 19, 2019

Work on Oakview Park has begun Nov. 12, 2019

City Commission agenda, Masonic Lodge Purchase Negotiations Nov. 6, 2019

City Commission agenda, small projects funds Oct. 16, 2019

City Commission agenda, Clarence R. Kelly Community Center Sept. 30, 2019

Construction has begun on Northside Park Sept. 30, 2019

Springtree Park Improvements Sept. 23, 2019

Clarence R. Kelly Community Center Community Meeting Sept. 5, 2019

Wild Spaces and Public Places Project Update—Fall 2019 Sept. 4, 2019

Springtree Park improvements survey Aug. 16, 2019

City Commission agenda, Clarence R. Kelly Community Center Jul 17, 2019

Clarence R. Kelly Community Center neighborhood workshop Jul 2, 2019

Green Acres Park ribbon cutting rescheduled Jun 9, 2019

City Commission agenda: Clarence R. Kelly Center, Oakview Park, Hartman House Jun 5, 2019

Green Acres Park improvements: ribbon cutting Jun 3, 2019

Work has begun on the new Reserve Park May 23, 2019

City Commission agenda: Northside Park, Cofrin Nature Center and Unity Park May 14, 2019

Fiscal Year 2018 & project highlights Apr 30, 2019

General Policy Committee meeting: Hartman House and the Clarence R. Kelly Community Center Apr 9, 2019

Duval Park Closed March - July Mar 27, 2019

Reserve Park Neighborhood Update Mar 11, 2019

Parks and Public Space Design and Wayfinding Guidelines Feb 21, 2019

Unity Park Neighborhood Workshop Feb 14, 2019

Kiwanis Girl Scout Park Neighborhood Workshop Jan 8, 2019

Lincoln yard improvements community meeting Dec 7, 2018

Hartman House Community Feedback Survey Created Nov 20, 2018, 272 responses

Northside Park Neighborhood Workshop Oct 18, 2018

Westside Pool Birthday Party Oct 17, 2018