Current Projects

As of January 2019

Duval Park Boardwalk Replacement: This WSPP 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.  Work is anticipated to begin on site in March and complete by the fall of 2019. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Fred Cone Park Improvements: Shade sails will be installed over the bleachers near the Fred Cone Park track this spring.  These shade structures will improve viewer comfort during events at the park. For more information, please contact John Weber, project manager, at 352-393-8186 or weberjf@cityofgainesville.org

Ironwood Golf Course Improvements: Lighting will be installed at the Ironwood Golf Course driving range.  Musco sports lighting will allow golf course patrons to utilize the driving range for extended hours during the winter months.  This project is anticipated to complete by the end of April. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Lincoln Park Improvements: New fencing was installed at the baseball field in February and work is underway on the new bleacher pads, dugout pads and sidewalk improvements. A control link system will be installed to allow for computer controlled scheduling of field lights. A new scoreboard will be installed later this spring. A new water cooler will be installed on the restroom building that will provide chilled water as well as a bottle filler. For more information, please contact John Weber, project manager, at 352-393-8186 or weberjf@cityofgainesville.org

Morningside Nature Center:  Morningside Nature Center welcomed Zinnia, a Jersey Calf, to the farm this past December.  Zinnia has a vibrant personality and she looks forward to meeting you.  For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

Reserve Park (a new Neighborhood Park):  The Department is pleased to announce that construction will begin in March on Reserve Park—a new neighborhood park located at 700 NE 11 St. Completion is anticipated in the fall of 2019.  Reserve Park will be a City of Gainesville park honoring service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and their families by providing a military-themed recreational space. The site for the new park was used by the U.S. Army Reserve from 1950 to 2009 as a physical fitness field and motor pool with the adjacent building being the former Army Reserve Training Center. Designed in regard for our service members, the park will include features for everyone. Service flags will line the north entrance while some amenities within the park will include: modern play equipment for both ages 2-5 and 5-12, traveling rings, a boot camp-themed obstacle course with 13 fitness stations, a pavilion, benches, picnic tables, grills, a walking path, open green space, a fenced community garden, and landscaping with extensive tree and shrub plantings. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org.

 

Completed Projects: Jan. 2017 - Oct. 2018


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. Construction began December 7th  and will complete by the end of the year. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager, at 352-393-8187 or waiteed@cityofgainesville.org

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.