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Construction on downtown’s eagerly-awaited, 32-acre Depot Park will begin next week. Named after the 1860s-era train station that served as Gainesville’s main railroad hub for 60 years, the urban park will showcase the city’s cultural heritage.

This $5.9 million park construction phase will include: a football-field sized children’s play area with a Sweetwater Branch Creek-themed splash pad; a water’s edge promenade designed to host food truck rallies, art galleries, festivals and more; outdoor grills and picnic pavilions; dramatic entry features; nature trails and more.

This current phase of development, led by the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and managed by Oelrich Construction, will employ 17 subcontracting firms and create more than 115 jobs. The completed park will open to the public in fall 2016. Project financing was supplemented by a mixture of federal, state and regional grants. The park design team includes JBrown Professional Group, JOLA, Inc., Bender & Associates, John Searcy & Associates and Southard Engineering.

“Depot Park will be Gainesville’s next major landmark,” said Gainesville CRA Interim Director Sarah Vidal-Finn. “The park is catalyzing downtown economic growth, preserving local history, restoring critical ecological systems, supporting arts and education, providing prime recreational opportunities for families and adding to our city’s overall quality of life. We’re excited for the future and grateful for the many partners that have contributed to this effort over the years.”

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
8/26/2015

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department features Ricky Kendall and the Healers at 8 p.m. Friday, September 4 at “Free Fridays.”

The 34th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show is quickly approaching and the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is looking for individuals and organizations that would like to support this community event by volunteering at one of the top fine art shows in the country.  This is your opportunity to mingle with nationally acclaimed artists, enjoy performing arts and sample international cuisine. This award-winning art festival features 240 of the nation’s finest artists, as well as four stages of continuous entertainment. Four-hour shifts are available Saturday, Nov. 14 or Sunday, Nov. 15 for volunteers of all ages. Volunteers can assist at the Junior Fire Fighting Challenge, booth sit for artists or help with the Children’s Imagination Station, a free, hands-on art activity area. As a token of our appreciation, volunteers will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

The Gainesville City Commission will hold interviews for the Equal Opportunity Director Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 8 a.m. in the City Hall Auditorium, located at 200 E. University Ave. As is standard city practice, the interviews will not air live on Community 12TV, nor will it stream live online; however, the interviews will be recorded and will air at a later date.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
8/20/2015

Members of the Gainesville City Commission will provide and serve dinner at GRACE Marketplace One-Stop Center, also known as the Empowerment Center, at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21. At the dinner, members of the City Commission will celebrate the legacy of Francis “Pat” Fitzpatrick, a longtime Gainesville resident who tirelessly advocated for the city’s homeless population. A sheet cake that reads, “Thank you Pat – Feed everyone,” will be served for dessert, a nod to the button that Fitzpatrick regularly wore.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
8/20/2015

It’s time to celebrate in Gainesville! On a roll for several years running, the Downtown Festival & Art Show has steadily climbed in rankings in recent years. The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce that the Downtown Festival & Art Show ranked no. 14 on Sunshine Artist magazine’s “200 Best” list of top fine arts festivals in the nation. The festival, which celebrates its 34th anniversary this year, has grown along with the City of Gainesville, and is the third-highest ranked festival in the state of Florida.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
8/20/2015

The Duppies are a high-powered, seven-piece band formed in Gainesville in 2004. Since that time, this popular ska, rocksteady and reggae band has received the attention of audiences beyond the local scene by touring throughout the United States. Band members include The Duppies founder, Brian Hiebel (lead vocals/percussion), Tony Farah (bass), Ryan Bonner (keyboards), Daniel Kinney (drums), Blaine Garvin (guitar/backing vocals), Patrick Oberlin (trumpet/trombone) and Jose Pineiro (sax/backing vocals).

The "City Manager’s Biweekly Report to the City Commission" provides information about significant upcoming activities, projects, and meetings in the City of Gainesville over the course of the next two to three weeks. In addition to brief descriptions on each of the upcoming activities, you can click on hyperlinks for more information regarding the presented topic. The August 20-September 2 edition is now available.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
8/18/2015

Mark your calendars! The 2015 Annual Gainesville Job Fair returns Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center (1028 NE 14th St.).

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