Facility Rentals

The City of Gainesville owns and maintains a variety of community facilities that serve to enhance the quality of life in the Gainesville community. Many of the facilities are utilized for neighborhood meetings, recreational opportunities, nature conservation, and other positive activities.

Go here rentals at the Historic Thomas Center or contact Erica Chatman at 352-393-8539 for additional information.

Go here at Ironwood Golf Course or contact Jeff Cardozo at 352-334-2202.

Center Rental Hours

If you are interested in renting one of our centers, you may visit the Historic Thomas Center, Bldg. B, 3rd Floor, at 306 NE 6th Avenue, to fill out a rental application.

Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 7am–6pm.

Read more about each facility from the list below, if additional information is needed please contact our Administrative Office at 352-334-5067.

** Times are subject to change by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department for programs, holidays, and other department needs at any time. All City Facilities are closed on City designated holidays. The Centers will try to give as much notice as possible of changes but does not guarantee notice of changes to operational hours.

Printable Version of Rates & Rental Information 

If you are interested in renting the Historic Thomas Center and Gardens, Bldg. A. located at 302 NE 6th Avenue, you may visit their website or contact Erica Chatman at 352-393-8539 for additional information.

Park Usage

We receive numerous calls regarding park usage and reservations.  If you are planning on hosting your child's birthday party or a small gathering (30 people or fewer) at a park or at a park pavilion there is no reservation necessary, it's on a "first come, first serve" basis unless you plan on renting a bounce house, offering pony rides, etc., then a Park Request is necessary.

For a large event, fundraising, use of a bounce house, pony rides, etc...a Park Request-Information Sheet is required. Please read the cover letter, and the City Ordinance No. 041020, Section 18-20, "Prohibited activities" and submit the necessary documentation for your event along with the Park Request-Information Sheet.  For events using tents larger than an 10 x 10, a tent permit will need to be submitted to the Building Inspection Department at the Thomas Center, Building B, 1st floor.  Additional documentation may be required once the park request is received and reviewed.

NOTE:  The park reservation process DOES NOT guarantee a pavilion or designated space for your group.  Our intent is to encourage everyone to keep us informed of intended park usage for large groups and special events in order to help alleviate conflicts.  The parks and pavilions are used on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Please submit the information to:
City of Gainesville - PRCA
Mailing:  P.O. Box 490, Station 24, Gainesville, FL 32627
In Person: 306 NE 6th Avenue, Building B, 3rd Floor
Attn:  Dwright Jackson
Phone: 352-393-8443
Fax: 352-334-3299
Email: Jacksondj@cityofgainesville.org
(please allow 2 weeks for the processing your request)

If you plan to use city streets and/or sidewalks or if you are requesting a noise permit, you must ALSO contact Gainesville Police Department to complete a Special Event Permit application at 352-393-7520.

Gainesville/Alachua County Senior Recreation CenterGainesville/Alachua County Senior Recreation Center
  • For current rental information, please call 352-265-9040 or click here.
  • Center hours: 8:00 am–5:00 pm, but weekend and evening hours available for rentals.
  • For listing of center activities, click here.
  • For center information, click here.  
 
Eastside Community Center
Eastside Recreation Center
  • For current program information and pricing please call the Administrative Office: (352) 334-5067
  • Recreation Center: Herman Smith, Recreation Aide II  (352) 334-2714
  • Hours are typically Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 7:30 pm,  but do vary upon season, please contact us for our current building hours. Evening and weekend times outside of normal business hours are available for rentals.  
  • Center information: click here
  • Fred Cone Park Track and Field Facility located at 2841 E. University Avenue: This eight-lane, competition-quality, 440-meter track and interior field includes field event areas such as the pole vault, shot put, high jump and long jump and includes a multi-purpose field on the interior of the track. Two new basketball courts are located in the southeast portion of the park. The new restroom facility operates on timed locks, which open from 7 am to 9 pm, seven days a week.
 
Albert "Ray" Massey Westside Recreation Center
Westside Recreation Center
  • Contact: Kelly Jensen, Recreation Aide II, at Phone (352) 334-2821
  • Hours: Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm and on Saturday - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Evening and weekend times outside of normal business hours are available for rentals.
  • Center information: click here.
  • The H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside Pool) is part of the Albert "Ray" Massey Westside Recreation Center Complex, for more information on the pool please see our Aquatics Section of the web page
 
Thelma Boltin Senior Activity Center
Thelma Boltin Center
  • Contact: Janielle Williams, Recreation Aide II Phone:(352) 334-2189 or 334-2103
  • Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday- Friday, closed for all City observed holidays. Evening and weekend times outside of normal business hours are available for rentals.
  • Center information: Click here.
  • Programs: See our Senior Activities Page for the Latest News and Events listing.
 
Clarence R. Kelly Community Center
Northeast Community Center
  • Contact: Diane Latson, Recreation Aide II Phone:
    (352) 334-2185
  • Hours: M, T, TH, F - 1:30 pm-6 pm & Wed 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm, closed for all City observed holidays. Evening and weekend times outside of normal business hours are available for rentals.
  • Center information: click here.
 
T.B. McPherson Recreation Center
T.B. McPherson Recreation Center
  • If you have any questions regarding the use of T.B. McPherson Recreation Center please call our Administrative Office at 352-334-5067.
  • Center information: click here.
  • The Andrew Mickle Pool is part of the T.B. McPherson Complex, for more information on the pool please see the Aquatics Section of our web page
 
Union Academy/Rosa B. Williams Recreation Center
Union Academy/Rosa B. Williams Recreation Center
  • If you have any questions regarding the use of Rosa. B. Williams/Union Academy Center please call 352-373-9392
  • Center information: click here.

 

 
Porters Community Center
Porters Community Center
  • Contact: Ken Ross, Recreation Aide II Phone: (352) 334-3366
  • Hours: Monday through Friday - 9:00 am to 6:15 pm, closed for all City observed holidays. Evening and weekend times outside of normal business hours are available for rentals.
  • Center information: click here.
 
Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center
Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center
  • Contact: Administrative Office at 352-334-5067.
  • MLK Hours: Monday through Friday - 7:00 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday - 10:00 am to 7:00 pm; Sundays - 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, closed for all City observed holidays. Evening and weekend times outside of normal business hours are available for rentals. Call 352-393-8337 for gym questions.
  • Wellness Center Memberships 
  • The Dwight H. Hunter Pool (Northeast Pool) is located in the same complex as the MLK Center, for more information on this pool please see our Aquatics Section of the web page.
  • If you are interested in renting MLK for an event call (352)393-8571 to reserve your date.
  • Center information: click here.