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:
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.
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
(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.