Wild Spaces and Public Places

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On November 8, 2016, Alachua County voters approved “Wild Spaces and Public Places (WSPP),” a one-half percent sales tax to be collected in the county from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2024, to acquire and improve environmentally sensitive lands and to create, improve and maintain parks and recreational facilities. A share (35.78%) of the proceeds of the sales tax will be distributed to the City of Gainesville in accordance with an inter-local agreement established between Alachua County and the City of Gainesville. The ballot language calls for citizen oversight and independent audit.

The City began receiving revenues in late March of 2017, approximately $484,000 per month, or $5,808,000 per year for a total projection of $46,464,000 by 2025.

To view the Northside Park Virtual Celebration video click here!

Over five years in the making, Northside Park is a vision-come-to-life. The Northside Park improvement project is a shining example of what can be accomplished through unwavering commitment and thoughtful collaboration with our neighbors. To mark this accomplishment, we hope you’ll join the virtual celebration on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. to find out more about what the park has to offer, view the extensive improvements and learn what the new park means for the Gainesville community! A short celebration video about the park will be broadcast on TV 12 and simultaneously be available on the City website, social media platforms and sent through the email listserv.

The Fiscal Year 2019 Report is now available

Wild Spaces & Public Places Fiscal Year 2019 Report
Wild Spaces & Public Places is pleased to release the Fiscal Year 2019 Report. 

> Download a printable PDF
> Email us and request a printed brochure

What projects are being facilitated with this funding source? 

Click here to view the 2019 Fall UpdateIn conjunction with a great deal of citizen input from appointed advisory boards and advocates, staff developed a list of projects with cost estimates that was approved by the City Commission on February 18, 2016. The City Commission also approved a list of 99 potential WSPP projects and a list of potential City/County projects. These project lists were developed as a result of the City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department developing its first master plan approved in 2012 titled PRCA Vision 2020 Master Plan. Over 1,700 people have provided input to the plan. Thank you for your commitment to the improving Gainesville's quality of life!




For information on completed and current projects please click on the links below. 


Wild Spaces Public Places

Department Head:
Betsy Waite, P.E.
Phone: 352-393-8187
Fax: 352-334-3299
PO Box 490
Station 24
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