In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, city offices will be closed Monday, May 28. Bus and waste collection services will also be altered for the holiday as follows:
A celebration of African-American Music Appreciation Month occurs every Friday night in June at the Bo Diddley Plaza as part of the “Free Fridays” concert series. Inspired by the dream of late local musicians Richard Baxter and Roland Burns, African-American Music Appreciation Month has been celebrated in Gainesville since 1998.
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Aquatic Leadership Camp registration is open. This exciting week-long summer camp is offered for youth 11-14 years old, with six sessions available at H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, starting June 11.
The City of Gainesville wants your feedback on future park improvements at the Northeast 31st Avenue Park, which is located at 1700 NE 31st Ave. Interested residents are invited to complete an online survey ( to let us know what improvements you would like to see at this neighborhood park. The survey is available Monday, May 21 through Monday, June 4, 2018.
Posted by: Katharine Berry

A water line break has temporarily closed Albert "Ray" Massey (Westside) Recreation Center, located at 1001 NW 34th Street. The park and H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool remain open. The repair is expected to take 24–48 parks. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

The City of Gainesville celebrates National Bike Month with a Bike Ride with the Mayor and Commissioners Saturday, May 26 beginning at 9 a.m. The public is invited to join Mayor Lauren Poe, City Commissioners and other local leaders to highlight the benefits of cycling and the coordinated efforts of the city, county, university and local developers to create a continuous urban trail system.
The Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center announce the opening of The View from Paradise – The Paintings of Alyne Harrisat the Historic Thomas Center in The Doris Bardon Gallery Friday, May 25. An opening reception to honor the artist will take place from 7-10 p.m. during Artwalk Gainesville.
With the summer heating up, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) has cool, free teen programs to keep the fun going all season long - Summer Heatwave is back with Coed Basketball and Pool Parties!
The Gainesville Big Band kicks off the Memorial Day weekend at “Free Fridays” on Friday, May 25. The Gainesville Big Band began as the Gainesville Community Jazz Band. Since 2007, the band has brought big band jazz to Gainesville and the surrounding areas. They are an 18-piece jazz band that plays a wide range of big band styles, such as traditional swing, dance, Latin and contemporary jazz.
Posted by: Weaver, Ludovica
The Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Multipurpose Center, located at 1028 NE 14th Street, will be closed from Wed., May 9 through Mon., May 28 for refinishing of the gymnasium floors. The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is excited to reopen the center on Tues., May 29 with the floors ready for a new season of sports and events! We regret any inconvencience and are looking forward to seeing you soon. For questions, please contact Dwright Jackson, Recreation Supervisor, at 352-393-8443 or at
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