The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is reaching out to our community, seeking long-term volunteers to help support programs at Morningside Nature Center.
The City of Gainesville plans to demolish a building located in Cofrin Nature Park, which is located at 4810 NW Eighth Ave., within the next month.
Cofrin Nature Park was acquired in 2003 from the Cofrin family, who owned the property for more than 40 years. The family wanted to see the site protected, and open to the public as a park. When the property was acquired, it contained a 4,440 square foot, two-story house formerly used as the Cofrin residence. At the time, the city pursued using the facility for restroom access and potential indoor nature classes. Evaluation of the structure has revealed that its use for these purposes is not feasible. The engineering analysis stated that building renovations to bring it up to code would need to be taken before renovation could be considered. Additionally, the structure was deemed to have no significant architectural or historical value, and thus is proposed for demolition.
Kicking off this year’s “Free Fridays” concert series on Friday, Aug. 7 is Little Jake Mitchell and The Soul Searchers, featuring old school blues and rhythm and blues artist Jake Mitchell.
Please be advised that the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is working with a private contractor to place a new sidewalk and crosswalk to the parking lot at Albert "Ray" Massey (Westside) Park, located at 1001 NW 34th St. The work will start Monday, Aug. 3, and is expected to last about two weeks. The hours of work are 10 p.m.-8 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. The contractor is working at night to minimize the impact to the parks vehicle and pedestrian traffic; some noise can be expected.
Increasing numbers of park visitors, including summer campers and families looking for recreation, have been seen wading, or even swimming, in the creeks in City of Gainesville nature parks. Unfortunately, due to public health concerns, the City of Gainesville does not promote the use of Hogtown Creek and other urban creeks for public bathing or other water access.
Following a yearlong process that engaged thousands of citizens, the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) presented the 352ArtsRoadmap Cultural Plan for Gainesville and Alachua County to the Gainesville City Commission during the afternoon portion of today’s City Commission meeting. After the presentation, the Gainesville City Commission formally adopted the 352ArtsRoadmap as the strategic plan for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, and made a referral to the Recreation, Cultural Affairs and Public Works Committee to look at departmental staffing reductions resulting from the most recent economic downturn.
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department serves as the designated Local Arts Agency for Gainesville and Alachua County. In June 2014, with support from a State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs grant and the services of Mataraza Consulting, the department formally launched the process to update the city and county’s 2004 Cultural Plan. Over the next year, it enlisted the input of 3,197 residents through: a 122-person Steering Committee led by community leader and Honorary Chair Marilyn L. Tubb and co-chaired by former City Commissioner Lauren Poe and County Commissioner Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson; numerous focus groups and community dialogues across the county; an afternoon-long planning summit attended by 104 people and online surveys for artists, arts organizations and the general public which secured 2,788 responses.
The Thomas Center Galleries announce the fall opening of AQUIFERious, an expansive exhibition to be presented in the Historic Thomas Center’s Main and Mezzanine galleries from Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 to Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. The opening reception for the exhibition is Thursday, Oct. 1 from 5:30-7 p.m.
The City of Gainesville’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department will be conducting a prescribed burn at Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue today, Tuesday, July 14, 2015,
We suspect a possible recent lightning strike may have caused some damage. Search #GNVPools for updates.
Update: The slide at Westside Pool will remain closed for the remainder of the week as we repair the pump, due to a suspected lightning strike nearby on Sunday, July 5, 2015, afternoon. We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope to have the slide back in operation as quickly as possible.
For the month of July classes will be held from 11am-Noon, M/W/F at the Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you there!