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As part of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, Nature Operation’s routine land management practices, a prescribed burn is scheduled for today - Monday, Feb. 29 - weather and site conditions permitting, at Morningside Nature Center, 3540 E. University Ave. beginning at 10 a.m. and ending before 5 p.m. This is an ecological fuel reduction burn, which will be conducted with support from the Florida Forest Service. All public access to the park and living history farm will be prohibited during the burn.

Early voting for the March 15, 2016 City of Gainesville Election and Presidential Preference Primary begins Friday, March 4 and continues through Saturday, March 12, 2016.

City of Gainesville officials anticipate that severe weather conditions, including temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit during evening hours, will occur Wednesday, Feb. 24-Sunday, Feb. 28. The anticipated temperatures will lead to the activation of the city's Cold Night Shelter (CNS) Program, and it is expected to remain in effect until overnight temperatures rise above 45 F. The CNS program normally runs from Nov. 1 through March 31.

Residents or students interested in a crash course on local government and city planning and management need look no further than the City of Gainesville itself. Gainesville 101: the 2016 Citizens' Academy is a seven-week program organized by the City of Gainesville Communications Office, and is designed to teach city residents about the inner workings of local government and city management.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
2/22/2016

On Thursday, March 3, the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with the Gainesville-Alachua County Cultural Affairs Board, the Nature Centers Commission, the Public Recreation and Parks Board and Gainesville-Alachua County Art in Public Places Trust will present the Arts Awards, Star Awards, Albert “Ray” Massey Citizen Volunteer Award and the Public Art Award at the Citizen Awards Reception to citizens who have made outstanding efforts to promote cultural and arts activities, environmental awareness and recreational activities in 2015.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
2/22/2016

Starting Monday, Feb. 22 and for the following week, the public is invited to witness the live creation of the latest “352walls initiative” as world-renowned Portuguese artist /designer Add Fuel (b. Diogo Machado, 1980) creates imaginary worlds by combining fictional characters, decorative elements and stencils with a comical twist and an extraordinary sense of symmetry. In the series of trompe l'oeil (trick of the eye) tiles that he will paint on electrical boxes throughout historic downtown Gainesville, he will lead viewers to believe that they are encountering remnants of the past. However, when viewers get closer and inspect the tiles carefully, they will discover a whimsical environment made up of imaginary figures and creatures – all conceived by the artist.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
2/22/2016
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is excited to announce new adult sports programs! You can register now for 5-on-5 and 3-on-3 Basketball, plus competitive and recreational volleyball leagues. If you are age 18 years or older, this is a fantastic way to enjoy comradery and fitness with friends and colleagues!
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
2/22/2016
The Public Works Department kick offs Florida Bike Month with a Ride with the Commish Saturday, March 5 beginning at 9 a.m.

Bicycle enthusiasts are invited to join City Commissioners and staff to kick off a month of activities to highlight the health and economic benefits of cycling, local infrastructure improvements and future plans. The three-mile ride will begin at 9 a.m. at Civilization restaurant, located at 1511 NW Second St., and end at Boulware Springs Nature Park, 3300 SE 15th St. Parking will be available in the vacant lot across from Civilization or along Northwest 14th and 15th Avenues.  The ride will showcase the Sixth Street Trail and nearby projects with brief descriptions by staff. All levels of bike riders are welcome and encouraged to attend. The bike route can be viewed at https://goo.gl/k1NPVS and has highlighted points of interest.

Throughout March, the community will host many other rides and events organized by the Gainesville Cycling Club, the Active Streets Alliance, local bicycle shops and others. 
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
2/18/2016
As part of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, Nature Operation’s routine land management practices, a prescribed burn is scheduled for today - Feb. 18 - weather and site conditions permitting, at Boulware Springs Nature Park, 3300 SE 15th St., beginning at 10 a.m. and ending before 5 p.m. This is an ecological fuel reduction burn, which will be conducted with support from the Florida Forest Service. The burn will be conducted in the restoration area of the property, and all public access to the northern portion of the park will be prohibited.
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 February 18-March 2 edition is now available.
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