Current Projects

As of April 2019

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

Duval Park Boardwalk Replacement: Work is underway in Duval Park to replace the boardwalk. Work is anticipated to complete in July of 2019 and the park will be closed during construction. AKEA, Inc. is overseeing the work with construction being done 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.

Fred Cone Park Improvements: The field inside the Fred Cone Park track will be getting drainage and turf improvements beginning in May and completing in the fall of 2019.   The track will be closed temporarily while drainage structures are installed.  Foresight Construction Group, Inc. will be overseeing the work with construction being done by ZORRN Company, Inc.  Shade sails will also be installed over the bleachers near the Fred Cone Park track this summer.  For more information, please contact John Weber, project manager, at 352-393-8186 or weberjf@cityofgainesville.org

Green Acres Park Improvements: This jewel of a park tucked away in the Sugarfoot neighborhood is surrounded by conservation lands and trails. Improvements to the park include 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.  Work began in late March and will complete in the summer of 2019. For more information, please contact Michelle Park, project manager, at 352-316-4532 or parkma@cityofgainesville.org.

J.J. Finley Park: A new neighborhood park, this project is in partnership with the School Board of Alachua County. Renovations will start June 1st. Improvements include a new playground with outdoor musical instruments and climbing features, picnic tables and benches, trash and recycling containers, striped basketball courts and goals, and painting the covered pavilion. Decorative fencing will also be installed to prevent access to school buildings during non-school hours. Click here to see a drawing of the upcoming renovations. For more information, please contact Michelle Park, project manager, at 352-316-4532 or Click here to see a drawing of the upcoming renovations. For more information, please contact Michelle Park, project manager, at 352-316-4532 or parkma@cityofgainesville.org.

Lincoln Park Improvements: Work recently completed on new concrete bleacher and dugout pads, a 10’ homerun fence and new sidewalks.  Bleachers and dugouts will be installed in May. A control link system was installed to allow for computer controlled scheduling of field lights and a new scoreboard will be installed in May. A new bottle filler will be installed this summer on the restroom building to provide chilled water. For more information, please contact John Weber, project manager, at 352-393-8186 or  weberjf@cityofgainesville.org


Reserve Park (a new Neighborhood Park): 
This new neighborhood park will include playground equipment, a community garden, traveling rings, an obstacle course with fitness stations, picnic areas, and a memorial to Reserve Soldiers. Work is anticipated to begin in May and complete in the fall of 2019.  Anglin Construction Company will be facilitating the work.  For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Completed Projects: Jan. 2017 - March. 2019

Ironwood Golf Course Improvements
Lighting will be installed at the Ironwood Golf Course driving range.  Musco sports lighting will allow golf course patrons to utilize the driving range for extended hours during the winter months.  This project is anticipated to complete by the end of 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.