Park Visitors Advised of Extreme Fire Danger


The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is advising residents and visitors to be especially cautious when visiting local nature parks due to the extremely warm and dry conditions and increased wildfire risk in our region. The danger of wildfires is considered “extreme,” prompting a ban on using grills in city nature parks. Those using grills at recreation parks should be vigilant and watch for any stray sparks or embers.

“We apologize for any inconvenience,” said Linda Demetropoulos, nature manager. “We are taking precautions to protect our park visitors and residents who live around our nature parks.”

Park officials are reminding people that smoking is not allowed in any City of Gainesville parks. Visitors to the city’s recreation and nature parks are asked not to park on the grass and are urged to call 911 immediately if they see a wildfire. Residents and visitors should take every precaution to help prevent wildfires.

For more information regarding City of Gainesville’s nature parks, please contact Linda Demetropoulos, nature manager, at 352-393-8445 or