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Construction Notice - Saturday, December 14, 2013

The City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs has scheduled removal of the half-pipe feature at Albert “Ray” Massey Park, on 1001 NW 34th Street. This skate park feature was originally installed at Albert “Ray” Massey Park as the City was planning to build permanent structures. Now the community can enjoy full-feature skate parks as part of Possum Creek Park, NW 53rd Avenue and the Northeast Complex, 1400 NE 8th Avenue (next to the Dwight H. Hunter “Northeast” Pool). Both parks are free and open from dawn to dusk.

 
Candace Church - Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Employee of the Year - Monday, October 28, 2013

Candace Church has filled a critical role with staff at the Ironwood Golf Course. She is the first person to grab a broom and sweep up a mess, take initiative on helping or making everyone feel welcome, making her a favorite amongst the patrons at the course! Candace is in touch with staff and the public, keeping everyone posted on things happening at the course, through social media or in person – welcoming customers to the golf course.

It’s not easy to take on new things and be successful right from the start, but since 2012, that is exactly what Candace has done – her presence and hard work has eased staffing transitions, and with her dedication to making Ironwood one of the best courses in north central Florida, it is well on its way to becoming just that!

 
Linda Piper - Leadership At-Large Award - Monday, October 28, 2013

Since 1986, Linda Piper has served the City of Gainesville as an event coordinator, with dedication, hard work, enthusiasm, and a commitment to quality and customer service. For nearly 20 years she has coordinated both the Downtown Festival and Art Show and the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire with minimal help.

The Downtown Festival and Art Show attracts nearly 100,000 visitors annually and has risen to 10th place in the ranking of the 1000 national art festivals by Sunshine Artist magazine. Linda Piper has also demonstrated exceptional leadership as an employee of the city, believing deeply in the value of employee recognition and team spirit. For years she has been a driving force in the coordination of all employee recognition events.

Her commitment to “give back” continues to the community where for years she has served on the Board of the Arts Association of Alachua County (which founded The Doris) as the city liaison. She annually lectures at the University of Florida. She has actively mentored the Thornbrook Art Festival and Ocala Fine Arts Festival, as well as proved her expertise to United Downtown and the Tioga Winter Art Festival. She also mentors between 6-10 UF interns in the art of event coordination on a large scale.

Though highly skilled in her craft, Linda is constantly seeking to improve her abilities and the events she has nurtured to such success.

Finally, it should be noted that in spite of well over two decades of long work hours, the high stress of producing two of city’s largest events and a full plate of civic commitments, Linda has raised a beautiful and devoted family and continues to be the epitome of a loving wife and mother, probably her greatest accomplishment.

 
Downtown Festival & Art Show Ranked #10 in the Nation! - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

It’s time to celebrate in Gainesville! On a roll for several years running, the Downtown Festival & Art Show has steadily climbed in rankings in recent years and moved up another three positions, while breaking its own placement records. The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce that the Downtown Festival & Art Show soared to historic heights, jumping into the top ten in national art show rankings for the first time, from the No. 13 spot to No. 10 on Sunshine Artist magazine’s “200 Best” list of top fine arts festivals in the nation. The festival, which celebrates its 32nd anniversary this year, has grown along with the City of Gainesville and is the second-highest ranked festival in the state of Florida.

CLICK HERE to read more.

 
City of Gainesville Employee Elected to the Florida Festivals & Events Association Board of Director - Thursday, June 20, 2013

Congratulations to Events Coordinator David Ballard was recently unanimously elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA), which works year round to help the FFEA achieve its mission to promote and strengthen the festival industry in Florida. Ballard will be officially inducted at the FFEA’s annual convention held this year in Bonita Springs, Fla. from July 31 to Aug. 2.

For more information on David Ballard's election to the board, Click Here.

 

 
Construction Notice - Friday, December 14, 2012

Half-Pipe Removal: The City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs has scheduled removal of the half-pipe feature at Albert “Ray” Massey Park, on 1001 NW 34th Street. This skate park feature was originally installed at Albert “Ray” Massey Park as the City was planning to build permanent structures. Now the community can enjoy full-feature skate parks as part of Possum Creek Park, NW 53rd Avenue and the Northeast Complex, 1400 NE 8th Avenue (next to the Dwight H. Hunter “Northeast” Pool). Both parks are free and open from dawn to dusk.