Quality of Life


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Mayor Hanrahan

Commissioner Bryant


Quality of Life

Year in PicturesThe mission of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs is to meet the community's need for diverse recreational, cultural and environmental education opportunities through professionally managed programs and services, stewardship of natural resources and maintenance of public landscape. Golf is offered at Ironwood Golf Course, an 18-hole, par 72, championship course owned and operated by the City of Gainesville. Over this past year, the Department continued to improve and effectively maintain the City's active and passive parks, recreational facilities, urban forest, cultural programming and events, the historic Evergreen Cemetery and Thomas Center and other natural resources for the enjoyment of Gainesville residents.

2007 Highlights
  • Morningside Nature Center is the City of Gainesville‚Äôs premiere nature park, offering 278 acres of Longleaf Pine preserve; environmental education programs such as the Art of Nature Winter Break Camp and the Living History Farm and Half Moon School House (pictured above).Completed a number of Capital Projects including pool renovations, the new gate and fence at the Dreamers Garden, the Evergreen Cemetery Visitors Station, installed playgrounds and more. A complete listing of ongoing and completed Capital Projects can be found online.
  • Received funding from Florida Communities Trust for the acquisition of the Hogtown Creek Headwaters and assisted in the application of a Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program Grant for the Duval Stormwater Park.
  • Developed a pilot Park Ranger Program to encourage compliance with City policies and ordinances and establish park usage standards.