Bo Diddley Community Plaza Closed October 19th as a Public Safety Precaution


A representative of National Policy Institute (NPI) is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida’s (UF) Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from 2:30 to 4:30 pm on Thursday, October 19th. To assist law enforcement with ensuring public safety in the Downtown Gainesville business district, the Bo Diddley Plaza will close to the public immediately following the Union Street Famer’s Market event scheduled from 4 pm – 7 pm this evening.

Work crews will install construction fencing around the Plaza perimeter on Wednesday evening. The facility will remain closed through Thursday, October 19th and will reopen for regular operating hours on Friday, October 20th. City Hall Plaza will remain open to the public while Bo Diddley Community Plaza is closed. 
The “Free Fridays” concert featuring The University of Florida’s World Music Ensembles on Friday, October 20, will still occur at the Bo Diddley Plaza at 8 p.m. The event features student and faculty musicians and dancers from UF’s College of the Arts. The lively evening of music and dance also features a guest appearance by internationally-renowned Brazilian percussionist Renato Martins.
For more information on the NPI event, please visit Please direct media inquiries regarding Bo Diddley Plaza to Chip Skinner, assistant public information officer, at or (352) 393‑7842.