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Northside Park Work Started

10/10/2019

The City of Gainesville Wild Spaces & Public Places program, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and the Rotary Clubs of Gainesville Foundation, is pleased to announce that work has begun at Northside Park, located at 5701 NW 34th Blvd.

Improvements include the addition of 40 parking spaces, a new playground and construction of a new multi-generational play area, the “Generations Play Zone.” The Generations Play Zone was designed to provide activities for all ages and will include outdoor games such as bocce ball, pickleball/tennis courts, pétanque, table tennis, checkers and chess. It will also include an outdoor patio, a large pavilion with grills, shaded seating and viewing areas and a walking path with outdoor exercise equipment. Completion of the project is estimated for May 2020. The approximate construction cost of the project is $2million.

To allow for improvements, the existing tennis courts, racquetball courts, playground, picnic tables and bathrooms at Northside Park are now unavailable. In December/January of 2020, parking lot improvements will temporarily disrupt a few of the existing parking spaces. The Senior Recreation Center and Northside Park will remain open throughout construction.

This project is funded with the Wild Spaces & Public Places half-cent sales tax. The Rotary Clubs of Gainesville Foundation (RCGF) also donated proceeds from two of its annual Wild Game Feasts to assist with funding for the Generations Play Zone. The WSPP sales tax, collected from January 2017 to December 2024, will continue to create, improve and maintain parks and recreational facilities, and acquire and improve environmentally-sensitive lands. For more details about the project, click here.

Questions? Contact Betsy Waite, director of Wild Spaces & Public Places, at 352-393-8187 or WildSpacesPublicPlaces@cityofgainesville.org.