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.