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Posted by: Rawson, Laura

The City of Gainesville is holding two workshops on its zero waste initiative in June. The Zero Waste Workshops are for local businesses and interested residents to discuss the zero waste initiative and its potential impacts on Gainesville with the City Commission and city staff. The workshops are:

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) and the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) invite everyone to splash into the season at the Summer Heatwave Pool Party Friday, June 1 at Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool (1100 NE 14th St.). Admission to the pool is free during the party from 3-7 p.m.

At Summer Heatwave Pool Parties, youth swim, dance, listen to music and enjoy food grilled up by officers and cadets from GPD. Participants must sign in at the front entrance to the pool to receive a wristband. The dates, times and locations for Heatwave Pool Parties are:

  • Friday, June 1, 3–7 p.m. at the Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool (1100 NE 14th St.)
  • Saturday, July 14, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at the H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool (1001 NW 31st Dr.)
  • Friday, Aug. 3, 2–6 p.m. at the Andrew R. Mickle, Sr. Pool (1717 SE 15th St.)
  • This year’s party also features sign-up for both Summer Heatwave Basketball and Pop Warner Football and Cheer. Parents will be able to pick up registration packets for both sports.

    Registration information for Summer Heatwave Basketball is available online at

    Registration for Pop Warner Football and Cheer is available online at,AquaticsFitness/Athletics/PopWarner.aspx.

    Since 2008, Summer Heatwave has been a partnership between PRCA, GPD, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney’s Office 8th Judicial Court Circuit, and has helped thousands of local youth have a safe and enjoyable summer experience.

    For program information, please contact Scott Chase, program coordinator, at 352-393-8751 or

    Posted by: Rawson, Laura

    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.

    The mission of Pop Warner Little Scholars is to enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment. Through this active participation, Pop Warner programs teach fundamental values, skills and knowledge that young people will use throughout their lives.

    Pop Warner seeks to provide fun athletic learning opportunities for children, while emphasizing the importance of academic success. Football and cheerleading participants that excel in the classroom may be eligible for Scholastic All-American recognition.

    Participants in football, age five to 13, compete against peers of similar age and size. Pop Warner is the only youth football program that sets and enforces a strict age and weight matrix to help reduce the chance of injury. Pop Warner programs have no tryouts.

    Our cheerleading program teaches skill and discipline for children, age five to 11. All participants that meet Pop Warner’s scholastic requirements are accepted.

    For both football and cheerleading, there are recreational and competitive teams. The football and cheer teams with younger participants, the Tiny-Mites and Mitey-Mites, are considered recreational leagues, focusing on the fundamentals of the football and cheer. The Junior Pee Wee and Junior Varsity for football and Junior Pee Wee for cheerleading, compete at the league level, with the potential advancement to regional and national competition. There are additional fees if a team advances to the regional or national level. Information is detailed in the Parent Packet available on the website.

    Coaches are a vital part of Pop Warner’s success. Volunteer to make a meaningful impact on young lives! Parents are also needed for team support and fundraising. Information and volunteer applications are available on the website.

    For information on registration, fees and uniforms, please contact the administrative office at 352-334-5067, Mon.–Fri. from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. or visit

    Posted by: Rawson, Laura

    Memorial Day weekend is the start of summer, and all three city pools will be open for the public to make a splash. May is also National Water Safety Month, and the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department’s (PRCA) aquatics staff would like to offer a few helpful tips to make pool time a safe and fun experience for all. Please consider the following when planning and during your visit to a public pool:

    Posted by: Rawson, Laura

    In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, city offices will be closed Monday, May 28.

    A celebration of African-American Music Appreciation Month occurs every Friday night in June at the Bo Diddley Plaza as part of the “Free Fridays” concert series. Inspired by the dream of late local musicians Richard Baxter and Roland Burns, African-American Music Appreciation Month has been celebrated in Gainesville since 1998.

    Posted by: Rawson, Laura

    The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Aquatic Leadership Camp registration is open. This exciting week-long summer camp is offered for youth 11-14 years old, with six sessions available at H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, starting June 11.

    Posted by: Rawson, Laura

    The City of Gainesville wants your feedback on future park improvements at the Northeast 31st Avenue Park, which is located at 1700 NE 31st Ave. Interested residents are invited to complete an online survey ( to let us know what improvements you would like to see at this neighborhood park. The survey is available Monday, May 21 through Monday, June 4, 2018.

    The Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center announce the opening of The View from Paradise – The Paintings of Alyne Harrisat the Historic Thomas Center in The Doris Bardon Gallery Friday, May 25. An opening reception to honor the artist will take place from 7-10 p.m. during Artwalk Gainesville.

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