Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park Dedication and Ribbon-Cutting
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to invite the public to come out and celebrate the dedication of new recreational amenities at Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park, located at 1500 NW 45th Ave. A formal presentation will take place Friday, Oct. 12 from 10-11 a.m., followed by demonstrations of the new fitness equipment and a guided nature walk. Attendees should dress comfortably so they can enjoy all of the fun! Parking for the event is courtesy of Baha’i Assembly (4451 NW 19th Ave.), and a shuttle van will take event attendees to the park and back.
The new improvements at Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park offer something for everyone. Kids will enjoy a new playground featuring lots of climbers, swings and a zip line, while people of all ages can channel their inner musician as they play on the new outdoor musical instruments. Fitness enthusiasts can flex their muscles on the new outdoor fitness equipment and jog along the shady nature trail. The parking lot was also expanded so the park can accommodate more visitors.
Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park, as its name implies, contains the headwaters of Hogtown Creek, a well-known natural stream flowing though heart of Gainesville. The Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park property was once home to a dairy farm; cows, fences and milking barns were once the main features of the property when the dairy operated from the early 1900s until 1961. The Hartman family continued to live in the 1910-era farm house on the property until 2006.
In 2007, the 70-acre property was acquired by the City of Gainesville with funding assistance from Florida Communities Trust (FCT). The Home Depot Corporation also provided acquisition and park development support. Due to FCT grant award requirements, recreational amenities were required to be constructed. The current phase of park development (Phase 2) cost $358,000, and was funded with capital improvement funds from the City of Gainesville. Phase 1 park development was completed in 2012 utilizing Wild Spaces Public Places funds, and included parking, unimproved earthen nature trails, entrance features, restrooms and some work to secure the historic Hartman residence. A future phase of park development will convert the farm house into a nature center also utilizing Wild Spaces Public Places funds.
For more information, please contact Nature Manager Linda Demetropoulos at 393-8445.