Current Projects

As of November 2018

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 


SW 47th Ave Trail (SW 40th Blvd to SW 34th St)
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consists of the construction of a 1,619 foot paved multi-use trail on the north side of SW 47th Avenue from SW 40th Boulevard to SW 34th Street.The trail will be constructed by Commercial Industrial Corp., who was the lowest responsive responsible bidder.Construction began September 2018 and is anticipated to complete June 2019.  The trail will connect high-density residential areas to activity centers off of SW 34th Street. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

 

Duval Park Boardwalk Replacement

This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consists of the replacement of 959 linear feet of boardwalks in Duval Park.  The boardwalks at Duval Park have been closed to the public since Hurricane Irma. Fallen trees coupled with severe wood rot created a safety hazard that was beyond the capacity of staff to repair. Akea, Inc. will facilitate the work.  Akea, Inc. is a local, minority, certified service disabled veteran owned small business. Akea, Inc. has experience facilitating similar projects for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Work will begin on site in late November. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Depot Park Improvements  

This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consists of the addition of a trail connection between the old RTS parking lot and the trail on the east side of Depot Park. This connection will make it more convenient for guests of the park to use the overflow parking area. The project is currently going through permitting and construction is anticipated to begin in November. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.


Completed Projects: Jan. 2017 - Oct. 2018


City Pool Improvements
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consists of the installation of geothermal heating and cooling pumps at H. Spurgeon Cherry “Westside” Pool.  Geothermal pumps in conjunction with solar blankets will allow the pool to remain open all year long.  The pump installation began in August and will take place through September.  It is anticipated that the pumps will come online in October of 2018.  For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Fred Cone Park Improvements
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consisted of multiple improvements to the park to include resurfacing the track, installing shade structures, a GaGa pit and adding sidewalks near the bleachers.  The installation of shade structures over the playground equipment, a GaGa pit and the construction of an additional sidewalk between the track and bleachers (to prevent sand from getting on the track) were completed in February. Further improvements are in the planning stage. For more information, please contact John Weber, project manager, at 352-393-8186 or weberjf@cityofgainesville.org.

Shade Structures
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consisted of installing shade structures over playground equipment and other park amenities at ten parks. The final installation of a shade structure at T.B. McPherson Park’s tennis courts completed in February of 2018.  Installations of shade structures took place at Depot Park, Roper Park, Rosa B. Williams Center, Cofrin Nature Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center, Cedar Grove Park, Fred Cone Park, Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool deck, Porters Community Center, and T.B. McPherson Park. This project, in conjunction with the sunscreen dispenser installation throughout city parks, encourages safe play and provides comfort for all users. For more information, please contact John Weber, project manager, at 352-393-8186 or weberjf@cityofgainesville.org.

Lincoln Park Improvements
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consists of multiple improvements to the park.  Field grading and other field improvements such as new bases, home plate and pitching rubber were installed during Spring Break week, from March 26 through March 29.  This work was completed by City Staff. For more information, please contact Nat Davis, project manager, at 352-393-8179 or DavisNR@cityofgainesville.org

Ironwood Golf Course Improvements
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consisted of improving drainage to the fairways, adding additional equipment storage areas, installing a new restroom on the front 9, resealing the parking lot, cleaning ditches and ponds, repairing cart paths, replacing banquet room furnishings, lighting and carpet upgrades and other clubhouse renovations.  For more information, please contact Jeff Cardozo, project manager, at 352-334-2202 or Cardozojm@cityofgainesville.org

Rosa B. Williams Center Renovations
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consisted of an interior renovation to include replacing the ceiling, doors and flooring, updating signage, expanding storage, replacing interior and exterior lighting and other general improvements. For more information, please contact Russell Etling, project manager, at 352-393-8532 or etlingrh@cityofgainesville.org.

Thomas Center Building Renovations
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consisted of replacing indoor and outdoor lighting, repairing the fountain, installing a bike rack and minor landscaping improvements. Future improvements to the museum and art galleries are anticipated. For more information, please contact Sarit Sela, project manager, at 352-393-8207 or selas@cityofgainesville.org.

A. Quinn Jones Museum
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consisted of renovating exterior storage; installing a security system on both buildings and fabricating the interior exhibits; both traveling exhibits and permanent exhibits. For more information, please contact Ori Baber, project manager, at 352-393-8213 or BaberOR@cityofgainesville.org.

Hippodrome Improvements
This Wild Spaces and Public Places project consisted of a number of safety and energy efficiency upgrades. The emergency communication system was replaced, lighting was upgraded to LED, the Box Office window was replaced, the second floor handrails were replaced and the exterior handicap ramp and exit tower railings were repaired. For more information, please contact Bob Robins, project manager, at 352-373-5968 or brobins@thehipp.org.