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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
4/25/2018

Participants in the Foundations Academy After-School Program combined their efforts to create an Earth Day-themed project to promote litter-reduction at Albert “Ray” Massey (Westside) Park and Recreation Center. The Foundations program is run by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) for children in first through eighth grade and focuses on the Character Counts® curriculum, which teaches the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
4/4/2018

Batter up - it’s time for adult softball! Registration for the City of Gainesville’s Adult Softball League is open until Friday, May 25. Teams can play on the Monday Men’s League or Tuesday and Friday Coed Leagues. Joining a softball league is a great opportunity for office workers, church groups and other organizations to network, have fun and meet new friends!

The Monday Night Men’s League starts June 4; the Tuesday Night Coed League starts June 5 and the Friday Night Coed League begins June 8. The season for each league is estimated to last nine weeks, including playoffs.

A mandatory team manager meeting will take place Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center meeting room, which is located at 1028 NE 14th St. All team managers are expected to attend, as well as individuals still looking to join a team.

The cost for each team is $ $203.50 for city residents and $304.75 for non-city residents. Teams will not be registered until payment, the roster form and all player contracts are submitted.All forms and information are available on the Adult Athletics webpage athttp://www.cityofgainesville.org/ParksRecreationCulturalAffairs/AdultPrograms/AdultAthletics.aspx.

Individuals wishing to sign up as free agents need to contact Scott Chase, program coordinator, at 352-393-8751 or chasesa@cityofgainesville.org.

Teams must register in person at Thomas Center Building B, 3rd Floor, which is located at 306 NE Sixth Ave., and is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Please bring proof of residency when you come to register.

For additional information and media inquiries, please contact John Weber, interim recreation manager, at 352-393-8526 or email weberjf@cityofgainesville.org.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/8/2018

An amazing event is about to happen! The Gainesville Arts and Parks Foundation, Inc. (GAP Foundation) is participating in The Amazing Give for the first time this year. The Amazing Give, sponsored by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, is a 24-hour online fundraising event for local nonprofits that begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 and continues through 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce Biddy Ball as a new offering for youth athletics. With sessions for basketball and flag football available throughout the spring, children age three to five years old and their parents will have a great introduction to team sports.

Municipal Minutes is an electronic newsletter for the community. The monthly e-newsletter provides information about upcoming activities, projects and events in the City of Gainesville. For more information about this e-newsletter, please contact the Communications Office at 334-5017.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
12/14/2017

Batter up - it’s time for adult softball! Registration for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department’s Adult Softball League is open until Friday, Jan. 26. Teams can play on a Monday Men’s League or a Tuesday and Friday Coed Leagues. Joining a softball league is a great opportunity for offices, church groups and other organizations to network, have fun and meet new friends.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
11/21/2017

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is pleased to offer a free basketball clinic with the coaching staff from the Eastside High School Basketball team at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose (MLK) Center. The clinics are open to everyone, and are a great opportunity for those wishing to participate in PRCA’s Youth Coed Basketball league and hone their skills.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
6/19/2017
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is excited for the first race of the 2017 Gainesville Dash and Splash Summer Series! This year’s series features some new routes and different formats for each race.

The first race takes place Saturday, June 24 at Depot Park, which is located at 200 SE Depot Ave. This race starts at the park, with a running route of 1.5 miles along the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail to the Andrew R. Mickle Sr. Pool for a 300-yard swim, then a return run back to Depot Park.

The schedule for the race series is:
 Race  Race Date
 Start Location
 1  June 24
 Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Ave.
 2  July 29
 H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, 1001 NW 31st Dr.
 3  Aug. 26
 Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool, 1100 NE 14th St.
 4  Sept. 30
 H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, 1001 NW 31st Dr.

Don’t wait - sprint to enter! When you register early (more than two days before the race), you’ll save money and receive a unique t-shirt for each race. The entry fee for each race for early registration (more than two days before the race) is only $18.25 for city residents and $24.25 for non-residents. After early registration ends, the fees are $24.25 for city residents and $36.25 for non-residents. Proof of residency, a GRU bill or voter ID card is required at time of registration.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/25/2017

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is excited to announce the 2017 Gainesville Dash & Splash Summer Series race schedule. If you want to test your athletic ability or reach a new goal, then lace up for this exciting series of races!

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
5/1/2017

Score more fun and fitness with Pop Warner Football or Cheerleading! The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department provides a great opportunity to be active and learn with Pop Warner sports.  We teach our youth that character counts through fairness, caring, citizenship, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness, with a focus on academic achievement.

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