Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs

Our vision is to be seen as the keepers and hosts of the places where nature, recreation and culture meet, offering memorable experiences for all. With the 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. Our goal is to make each experience in our parks and facilities as enjoyable as possible so that visitors will come back again and again. The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department manages over 3,200 acres of parkland with numerous cultural, recreational, and natural areas and facilities. In October of 2013, the Department became one of 119 agencies in the country to be fully accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. The Department also presents many exceptional events including Downtown Festival and Art Show, Cane Boil at Morningside Nature Center, Thomas Center Galleries Exhibitions, Hoggetown Medieval Faire, Downtown Countdown New Year's Eve Celebration, "Free Fridays" Concert Series, Jest Fest! and more.



Bicycle Trails, Bicycling, Birding, Educational Sessions Available, Equestrian Riding, Hiking, Inline Skating, Mountain Biking, Natural Wildlife Viewing, Swimming, Tennis, Water Recreation, Waterslide


Baby-changing station, Basketball Court, Covered Pavilion, Grills, Horseback Riding Trails, Parking, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Racquetball Court, Recreational Area, Restrooms, Showers, Sports field, Tennis Court, Volleyball Court, Water Access

Average Visit Time

1 - 2 hours

Business Type

City/County Office

Disabled Traveler Information

ADA Compliant, ADA Information, Disability Accessible, Handicapped Parking, Ramps, TDD Phone System, Wheelchair-friendly Trails


Local Resident Discount

Guest Information

Children Allowed, Family Friendly, LGBT Friendly


Airport, Biking Trails Nearby, Downtown, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails Nearby, Historic District, Lakefront, Preservation District, Restaurant Nearby, Shopping Nearby, Spa Nearby, Suburban, Tennis Nearby

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Personal Checks, Visa