The Gainesville City Commission will host its second Telephone Town Hall, talkGNV, to discuss the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department’s (PRCA) master plan, PRCA Vision 2020. City officials will answer caller questions about the master plan, including future enhancements to Gainesville’s park facilities and recreation opportunities, as well as discuss potential funding methods.
Paint your yard with the beautiful colors of native plants! They are adapted to variable weather conditions, and they are easy to maintain. Take advantage of the largest offering of native plants in north Florida during the 2015 Fall Native Plant sale, held Saturday Oct. 10 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Morningside Nature Center. An exclusive member's sale is Friday, Oct. 9, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and is open to members of the Friends of Nature Parks (FNP) and to members of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS). Memberships are available at the gate. Cash, checks and debit/credit cards are accepted. The sale is hosted cooperatively by the City of Gainesville’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the Friends of Nature Parks (FNP) and Paynes Prairie chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS).
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department is happy to announce that the park will be open seven days a week, including federal and state holidays, starting Thursday, Oct. 1. Sweetwater Wetlands Park was constructed by the City of Gainesville Public Works Department and Gainesville Regional Utilities to improve water quality at Paynes Prairie. Now managed by PRCA, the park contains three miles of trails and boardwalks, and offers spectacular wildlife watching opportunities. Sweetwater Wetlands Park is not only a place to connect with nature, it is also a way to protect our environment. Share your experiences on social media with #SweetwaterWetlandsPark.
Lifeguards representing the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) competed in the statewide Annual Lifeguard Challenge presented by the Florida Aquatics Council, in conjunction with the American Red Cross. The competition was held Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Oviedo Aquatics Complex in Oviedo, Florida, and lifeguard teams from aquatic facilities all over Florida attended the competition to compete for the title of best lifeguards in the state!
The Thomas Center Galleries announce the opening of AQUIFERious: Enter the Springs, 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 5:30-7:30 p.m.
AQUIFERious: Enter the Springs is curated by Margaret Ross Tolbert, and is based on her award-winning book of the same title. A multi-media art experience in the truest sense, the exhibition will juxtapose Tolbert’s dramatic, large-scale springs paintings and eloquent poetry with contributing artists’ and scientists’ photographs, videos, cartography and writings. Featured will be the underwater photography by Jill Heinerth, Mark Long and Tom Morris, and springs maps by Eric Hutcheson, Georgia Shemitz and Jhwum-Ki-ak.
The newly formed Gainesville Arts & Parks (GAP) Foundation, Inc. was established in June to support the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) as an ally in advocacy and fundraising. The foundation is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to support the projects and programs identified in the PRCA master plan, Vision 2020, by helping fill funding gaps and helping bring the plan to life.
There was a fecal incident at H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Following Centers for Disease Control requirements, the pool will be super-chlorinated and remain closed until 6 a.m. the on Thursday, Sept. 17. Because of the contamination, staff will not be able to change the lap lanes to long course for the morning swim, so the lanes will remain short course for the morning lap swim session. We apologize for any inconvenience. Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) and Andrew R. Mickle Sr. Pools will be open for regular hours.
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department is happy to announce that, starting Monday, Sept. 14, visitors will be able to purchase annual passes to enjoy Sweetwater Wetlands Park. The annual pass costs $75, and is valid from Oct. 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2016. Passes allow a vehicle to enter the park with any number of persons in the car. Passes are available for purchase in person at the PRCA Administrative Office, which is located on the third floor of the Thomas Center, Building B (306 NE Sixth Ave.), and is open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Foster creativity in Alachua County by becoming an Art Sponsor at the 34th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show held Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15. Presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the nationally-recognized Downtown Festival & Art Show draws more than 100,000 visitors each year. As an Art Sponsor, you can make your name stand out among the crowd by pledging a minimum of $50 in advance toward the purchase of any piece of art. To request a pledge form, contact Festival Coordinator Linda Piper at 352-393-8536, or visit www.gainesvilledowntownartfest.org.
Due to extremely wet conditions in the Hogtown Creek floodplain, the earthen trail that extends north from the Loblolly Boardwalk to 16th Avenue is muddy.