Welcome to Wild Spaces and Public Places
On November 8, 2016, Alachua County voters approved “Wild Spaces and Public Places (WSPP),” a one-half percent sales tax to be collected in the county from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2024, to acquire and improve environmentally sensitive lands and to create, improve and maintain parks and recreational facilities. A share (35.78%) of the proceeds of the sales tax will be distributed to the City of Gainesville in accordance with an inter-local agreement established between Alachua County and the City of Gainesville. The ballot language calls for citizen oversight and independent audit.
The City began receiving revenues in late March of 2017, approximately $484,000 per month, or $5,808,000 per year for a total projection of $46,464,000 by 2025.
What projects are being facilitated with this funding source?
In conjunction with a great deal of citizen input from appointed advisory boards and advocates, staff developed a list of projects with cost estimates that was approved by the City Commission on February 18, 2016. The City Commission also approved a list of 99 potential WSPP projects and a list of potential City/County projects. These project lists were developed as a result of the City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department developing its first master plan approved in 2012 titled PRCA Vision 2020 Master Plan. Over 1,700 people have provided input to the plan. Thank you for your commitment to the improving Gainesville's quality of life!
Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Center Survey open until Dec. 17
Wild Spaces & Public Places Department, in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department want your input on a future nature center at Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park. Interested residents may complete an online one question survey by selecting from a list of four options by the December 17 deadline. http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07efv8phh8jopxhsxt/start
For information on completed and current projects please click on the links below.