The vision for the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is to be seen as the keepers and hosts where nature, recreation and culture meet, offering memorable experiences for all! The department achieves this through a diversity of programs including aquatics, youth and adult sports, youth camps, teen programming, adaptive recreation, as well as art festivals and signature events like the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, Downtown Festival and Art Show and Jest Fest! The department is happy to offer over 85 programs and events to the enjoyment of more than 1,418,000 participants annually. The department maintains 3,184 acres of land, which includes 90 public parks and facilities. Unique facilities like Depot Park and Sweetwater Wetlands Park offer a wide variety of activities and opportunities to interact with the natural environment.
PRCA Administrative Office
Thomas Center, Building B, 3rd Floor
306 NE 6th Ave., 32601, Mon.–Fri.
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On September 27, 2018, the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, re-confirmed itself as one of an elite group of agencies from around the country who have become re-accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This distinguished accomplishment was awarded during the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. #CAPRAaccreditation
In 2013, the department received its first accreditation then one of 119 agencies achieving this accomplishment. Now five years later there are 178 distinguished departments in the country. The process requires that every five years, a new assessment occurs to retain accreditation. Representing Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs at the national meeting, were the department’s Program Coordinator, Kim Harris (on the right); Nature Operations Manager, Linda Demetropoulos (not in the picture); and former Assistant Director, Michelle Park (on the left) and Chair of the CAPRA Commission, Subhajeet "Seve" Ghose.
Learn more about our accreditation here.