Open call for memories of the C. R. Layton United States Army Reserve Center


Reserve Park opens next month at the former site of the C.R. Layton Army Reserve Center, located at 1125 NE Eighth Ave. The Army occupied the center from 1953 until 2009.

While Reserve Park’s design is a result of extensive community outreach and neighborhood input, the City of Gainesville is seeking information from people whose lives were touched in some way by the Army Reserve Center. Perhaps you or a family member served in the 257th Movement Control Battalion which operated from the center or you have memories of specific events that occurred at the site?

The goal is to create an interpretive sign to commemorate the site’s long association with the C.R. Layton Army Reserve Center. Photographs taken at the center while it was in operation would be particularly helpful.

Please contact project manager for Wild Spaces Public Places, Peter McNiece, at 352-514-8992 or at by Friday, Jan. 10 if you have any information or photographs you’re willing to share.