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Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs

Our Mission

To provide and maintain the natural, recreational and cultural facilities and programs that make Gainesville a great place to live, work and visit; and that help sustain the City economically, socially and environmentally.

There is no fee to visit any of the City's recreation and nature parks. Some of the parks are gated and have different hours of operations.
For Nature parks please click here, for Recreation parks, tot lots and facilities please click here. If you are interested in renting a facility, please click here.




Beginning Oct. 1, the lights at the Fred Cone Park Track will turn on in the mornings at 6 a.m. until sunrise and each evening 15 minutes after dusk until 9 p.m. If you have any questions, please call our main line at 334-5067. Thank you! Enjoy your parks!

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Youth Coed Basketball = Sportsmanship + Character!
No tryouts, all kids play, and it's fun for all!

Go to our Youth Athletics Page for more info!

Foundations After School Program


To have a strong, sound structure you have to begin with a solid foundation! The Foundations After-School Program aims to foster ethical values and teach academic and life skills for youth. For more information, visit our After-School Programs page.

Free Fridays Concert Series


Ring in the New Year with The Impostors and Crooked Counsel at Bo Diddley Community Plaza! Check our Event Page for more information!

Great Air Potato Round-Up

15th Annual Great Air Potato Round-Up

Register Now! Join us on Saturday, January 25, 2014, and help slow the spread of this pesky tuber Gainesville's natural areas. This year's theme is "Taters of the Lost Park."

For more information, go to our 
Nature & Heritage Events page.


Oh! the two weeks off are delightful, but busy parents need a great place for their children to continue learning in a fun and safe environment.

Go to our Camps page for more information!

Pieces of Dreams Exhibit

The Art of Lorelie Esser

This dynamic, immersive installation of three-dimensional sculptures, mobiles and wall reliefs is created from a variety of materials and found objects. Please go to
The Historic Thomas Center Galleries page to learn more!

 Nature Operations Division This division develops and conducts environmental education programs for the Alachua County school system, community education classes, nature preschool programs, and weekend and summer programs. Its staff is responsible for the development and operation of the City's Greenways and Greenspace Design including the Hogtown Creek Greenway, nature preserves development, and habitat management. Recreation Division The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs maintains a variety of activities that enhance the quality of life in the Gainesville community. The City prides itself on its extensive park system, featuring over 2,600 acres of park land with over 40 active parks, playgrounds, recreation centers, swimming pools, sports facilities, a golf course and more. There is something for all ages and ability in your City Parks. Cultural Affairs Division The City of Gainesville greatly prides itself on its cultural and historical roots. The Historic Thomas Center is considered Gainesville's cultural center. The center is housed in a beautifully restored Mediterranean Revival-style hotel and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It contains art galleries, 1920's period rooms, local history exhibits, performance space, banquet rooms, and meeting rooms. And we host magnificent and exciting special events!

Ironwood Golf Course

The City of Gainesville's golf course has a new face, with redesigned greens that focus on making the game more fun for all levels of players, with emphasis on women, juniors and seniors! Last summer, the golf course underwent major renovations and the course now features new tees, greens, fairway drainage, a new driving range and a state-of-the-art irrigation system which helps to conserve water. Ironwood offers four sets of tees for all levels of golfers from novice to expert. Come meet some of the friendly staff and see all that Ironwood has to offer!

Evergreen Cemetery

"This Wondrous Place" is located at 401 SE 21st Avenue, Gainesville, Florida. Evergreen Cemetery was established in 1856. The City of Gainesville assumed ownership in 1944 and it remains the only municipal cemetery in Gainesville. This historic site also functions as an outdoor museum with stories of local historic developmental importance unfolding at every turn. In addition to the thousands of people to come to Evergreen to attend funerals, the cemetery also attracts visitors with interests in genealogy, tombstone art, photography and native plant material.

It Starts in Parks LogoThere's something for everyone in your parks. Find a park, playground, pool or facility.

Unified We Play information

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department strives to assist all residents discover the recreational, natural, and cultural facilities that make Gainesville a great place to live, work and visit. The Department complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The Department makes reasonable accommodations in all programs to enable participation by an individual with a disability who meets essential eligibility requirements. If any accommodations are necessary for participation in a program or service, participants are encouraged to notify staff at least one week prior to program commencement.

Service Contact  
 Thomas Center "A"
 302 NE 6th Ave.
Mail Box:
PO Box 490, Station 30
Gainesville, FL
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