Facility & Park Reservations

The City of Gainesville owns and maintains a variety of facilities that serve to enhance the quality of life in the Gainesville community. Many of the (indoor/outdoor) facilities are utilized for a variety of events and programs from neighborhood meetings, family reunions, and sports events to social functions, performances, weddings and business conferences.

 1. Facilities Rental Contact Information:

 Bo Diddley Plaza Nigel Hamm  352-393-8202 
 Centers, Fields & Parks Dwright Jackson 352-393-8443.
 Depot Park Cindi Harvey 352-393-8209
 Gainesville/Alachua County Senior Recreation Center ElderCare
352-265-8739
 Historic Thomas Center Erica Chatman 352-393-8539
 Ironwood Golf Course Erin Maynard 352-393-8503
 Mobile Stage David Ballard 352-393-8746
 Rosa B. Williams/Union Academy   352-339-6674
 Tench Building Artist Studios Erica Chatman 352-393-8539
 Wilhelmina Johnson Resource Center   352-372-0216

2. Centers, Fields & Parks: 

To rent one of our facilities, you may visit the Thomas Center, Building B, 3rd Floor, 306 NE 6th Avenue, 32601, Monday-Thursday, 7:00 am–6:00 pm. To expedite the process, you can bring with you the completed Park Reservation Form. Reservation is confirmed upon receipt of payment.

3. Park Reservations/Usage:

We receive countless inquiries regarding park usage and pavilion reservations. Our goal is to encourage everyone to keep us informed of intended park usage in order to alleviate conflicts by completing a Park Reservation Form adding your event to our calendar. Please note: All groups planning events do not always contact us, as our parks and pavilions are public facilities and are used on a first-come-first-serve basis and a conflict can still occur.

We recommend if you are planning your child’s birthday party or a small gathering (30 people or fewer), that you arrive at your location of choice early and “claim” your spot, and submitting a park reservation form, although not required, it can still prove helpful. Our parks are highly used and host a large variety of events from birthday parties, family reunions, tournaments, weddings, awareness campaigns, fundraisers and 5K’s. For a large event, a fundraising event or any event where the following may be a component; an inflatable item (i.e., bounce house, bubble ball), pony rides, large tents (bigger than 10x10) or requesting clean-up staff, street closures, or Gainesville Police Officers, submitting the park reservation form is highly recommended, as additional information will be needed and permits/fees may apply.   We want to ensure that your event runs smoothly, and that you are in compliance with City Ordinance No. 041020, Section 18-20, “Prohibited Activities” and that all necessary documents are in place.  Please allow a minimum of 2 weeks for your park request to be processed.

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 on intended park usage to help alleviate conflicts.  The parks and pavilions are used on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Details of Additional Requirements:

Inflatable Device (Water Inflatables are NOT allowed):  Insurance is required from the inflatable rental company with the City of Gainesville listed as the “additional insured”, in the minimum amount of $1,000,000.00. The date and park location of your event must be present on the proof of insurance in order for it to be valid.

Horse and Pony Rides:  A current Coggins report for each animal that will be on site is required, along with proof of liability insurance from the rental company with the City of Gainesville listed as the “additional insured”, in the minimum amount of $1,000,000.00. The date and park location of your event must be present on the proof of insurance in order for it to be valid.

Tents (larger than 10 x 10):  A tent permit needs to be submitted to the Building Inspection Department at the Thomas Center, Building B, 1st floor. Office Hours, Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am-6:00 pm and Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm. For questions regarding this process, please call 352-334-5050.

Clean-up Staff:  Once your park request has been received and processed, a cost estimate will be provided to you. If you accept the cost estimate, payment will be required prior to your event unless prior payment arrangements have been made.

Special Event Permit, Noise Permit, GPD Officers, Street Closures:  You will need to contact the Special Event Coordinator with Gainesville Police Department at 352-393-7520 to determine what’s required for our event.

 

 

Pool Birthday Parties: 352-334-5067

Pool Rentals: 352-393-8732

Recreation and Community 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.

  • For more information on rentals please call (352-393-8443. Please review and complete the Facilities Information Form and submit by Fax (352) 334-3299 or by email at Jacksondj@cityofgainesville.org 
  • Please review the Facility Rental Guidelines.
  • For facility availability, please visit our Activenet site.
    ** 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 

Note: New fees effective Oct. 1, 2015. 

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 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

Center Info: 
2841 E. University Ave, Gainesville FL
Phone: 352-334-2714

Eastside Community Center was made possible through an EDI-Special Project Grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and funding from the Gainesville City Commission, the Alachua County Board of County Commission and the Greater Gainesville Park and Development Group, Inc. 1 baseball/softball field, 1 soccer field, 1 multipurpose field, 2 basketball courts and a playground surround the Recreation Center.

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.

For current program information and pricing please call the Administrative Office: (352) 334-5067. 

Contact: Herman Smith, Recreation Aide II, at Phone 352-3342714

Hours: 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.  

Capacity: 200     Size: 8000 sq. ft.

 
Albert "Ray" Massey Westside Recreation Center

Westside Recreation Center

Center Info:
1001 NW 34th Street, 32605
(352) 334-2186

Westside Recreation Center was dedicated to the people of Gainesville in 1972. Surrounded by a beautiful park, racquetball courts, tennis and basketball courts, five full size baseball fields and 1.5 miles of shaded trails, Westside Recreation Center hosts children and adult activities throughout the year. 

Capacity: 204    Size: 8402 sq. ft.

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.

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 CenterCenter Info:
516 NE 2nd Avenue, 32601
352-334-2103

Originally built to serve as a USO Club, the City converted the Boltin Center into a multipurpose facility that serves seniors’ activities and special event gatherings of all types. Boltin features a stage and hardwood floor, as well as modern kitchen, bath and reception facilities.

Capacity: 343     Size: 12000 sq. ft. 

Contact: 352-334-2105

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.

Programs: See our Senior Activities Page for the Latest News and Events listing.

 
Clarence R. Kelly Community Center

Northeast Community CenterCenter Info:
1700 NE 8th Avenue, 32641
352-334-2185

Originally built as a storefront, this building was converted into a recreation center in 1977. The community needed a safe place for the children to play and a gathering area for adults to meet. Throughout the years, generations have used this facility and learned the true meaning of friendship.

Capacity: 50    Size: 1750 sq. ft. 

Contact: Diane Latson, Recreation Aide II, 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.

 
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.
  • Center information: click here.
 
T.B. McPherson Recreation Center

T.B. McPherson Recreation Center

Center Info:
1717 SE 15th Street, 32641
352-334-2188

Description T.B. McPherson, a dedicated and brilliant teacher and coach, was appreciated by the City of Gainesville for his contributions to the growth and development of the City. He was known throughout the community as a coach, minister, teacher, recreation board member and civic leader. In 1969, because of his commitments, this recreation center was named in his honor.

Capacity: 156      Size: 5472 sq. ft. 

If you have any questions regarding the use of T.B. McPherson Recreation Center please call our Administrative Office at 352-334-5067.

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 Union Academy/Rosa. B. Williams RecreationCenter 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.