Sweetwater Wetlands Park to Open Seven Days a Week Beginning Oct. 1


The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department is happy to announce that the park will be open seven days a week, including federal and state holidays, starting Thursday, Oct. 1. Sweetwater Wetlands Park was constructed by the City of Gainesville Public Works Department and Gainesville Regional Utilities to improve water quality at Paynes Prairie. Now managed by PRCA, the park contains three miles of trails and boardwalks, and offers spectacular wildlife watching opportunities. Sweetwater Wetlands Park is not only a place to connect with nature, it is also a way to protect our environment. Share your experiences on social media with #SweetwaterWetlandsPark.

Ranger-led tours providing an introduction to the park are offered every Saturday at 9 a.m. The tours are free with park admission, and start at the Welcome Classroom Pavilion. Attendees should wear comfortable shoes and bring water.

The park’s entry fee is $5 per vehicle and $2 for pedestrian or bicycle entry. Annual passes to enjoy Sweetwater Wetlands Park are also available for purchase. The annual pass costs $75, and is valid from Oct. 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2016. Passes allow a vehicle to enter the park with any number of persons in the car. Passes are available for purchase in person at the PRCA Administrative Office, which is located on the third floor of the Thomas Center, Building B, (306 NE Sixth Ave.), and is open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

The park is located at 325 SW Williston Road. For directions, a map can be viewed at

For more information, please contact City of Gainesville Nature Operations Manager Linda Demetropoulos at or 352-393-8445. For more information on the park and its development, please visit