Wild Spaces and Public Places

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On November 8, 2016, Alachua County voters approved “Wild Spaces and Public Places (WSPP),” a one-half percent sales tax to be collected in the county from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2024, to acquire and improve environmentally sensitive lands and to create, improve and maintain parks and recreational facilities. A share (35.78%) of the proceeds of the sales tax will be distributed to the City of Gainesville in accordance with an inter-local agreement established between Alachua County and the City of Gainesville. The ballot language calls for citizen oversight and independent audit.

The City began receiving revenues in late March of 2017, approximately $484,000 per month, or $5,808,000 per year for a total projection of $46,464,000 by 2025.

View the Fiscal Year 2020 Video Report HERE!

This video report is a summary of the City of Gainesville’s portion of the Wild Spaces & Public Places program during fiscal year 2020. It’s a snapshot of the city’s expenditures along with highlights of a few of the transformative projects underway during the year.

For a pdf transcript of this animation, click here.

Click here for the Wild Spaces 2020 Fiscal Year animated report







For information on completed and current projects please click on the links below.


Wild Spaces Public Places

Department Head:
Betsy Waite, P.E.
Phone: 352-393-8187
Fax: 352-334-3299
PO Box 490
Station 24
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