Porters Back-to-School Summer Block Party


Families in the Porters neighborhood will say goodbye to summer and hello to the new school year with backpack giveaways, raffles, bounce houses, face painting, train rides, music and more! Special guest appearances include members of the 501st Legion, a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization and a live mural painting by local artist Justin Stafford.

Legacy of Hope is hosting its Sixth Annual Back-to-School Summer Block Party Saturday, Aug. 12 from 4-7 p.m. at the Porters Community Center, which is located at 512 SW Second Ter. Representative Clovis Watson Jr. and Judge Walter M. Green will keynote the block party.

“Our goal is to get kids excited about the upcoming fall semester and reduce the strain on parents’ wallets by providing free school supplies,” said Gigi Simmons, event chair for Legacy of Hope. “This event brings families and the community together.”

This year’s event is sponsored by the Gainesville CRA, Simmons Tax Services, Oelrich Construction and others. The Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office will also be in attendance registering voters.

Donations may be dropped off at three locations: the CRA office (802 NW Fifth Ave., second floor, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday); S & S Cleaners (503 SW Third St., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday) and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce (300 E. University Ave., Suite 100, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday).

For more information about the Porters Back-to-School Summer Block Party, please contact Event Chair Gigi Simmons at 352-792-3958.


The City of Gainesville established the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in 1981 to create a redevelopment framework in which the central city district will evolve into a more dynamic office, service, financial, entertainment, residential and governmental area. The authority to establish the CRA is enabled by Sections 163.330-163.45 Florida Statutes. Redevelopment is undertaken in four distinct redevelopment districts: Downtown, Fifth Avenue Pleasant Street, College Park University Heights and the Eastside Redevelopment Area. Redevelopment projects are coordinated in these districts by the CRA, and implemented by a team of partners that includes other city departments and private citizens.