Nature Park projects moving forward in Gainesville

Wild Spaces & Public Places and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs are pleased to provide an update on improvements made to the City of Gainesville’s nature parks. These efforts are the latest towards fulfilling the City Commission’s goal of having a world-class park system in our city.

We are taking an abundance of care during the pandemic—following all CDC guidelines while projects are under construction. The projects in this update include a few of the many treasured natural spaces within our city. We are excited to reveal these improvements and look forward to once again being able to enjoy these lovely spaces with our neighbors.

Completed Projects

Boulware Springs Nature Park/3300 SE 15th St.

A new metal roof was installed in January on the pavilion at Boulware Springs Park. American Roofing Company, a small, local business, was the contractor for the work. The project cost was $5,495.00. Click here to view photos of the new pavilion roof.

Morningside Nature Center/3540 E. University Ave.

New Timucuan Indian living historical exhibits have been constructed at Morningside Nature Center. The structures were built on June 16 and 17 by Big Kahuna Tiki Huts, Inc. in partnership with the Seminole Indian Tribe using hand-hewn cypress poles and freshly harvested cabbage palm fronds from the Florida Everglades. The project cost was $29,885.00. Click here to view photos of the new structures.

Work in Progress

Nature Center at Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park/1500 NW 45th Ave.

Renovations on the circa 1890 farm house at Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park are nearly complete, with an anticipated completion date of late August. Upon finishing renovations, the farm house will be developed into a nature center for the Gainesville community. The project cost is approximately $478,000. Click here to view in-progress photos of the nature center’s renovation.

San Felasco Park/6400 NW 43rd Way

This park will be getting a new play structure geared towards children between 5—12 years old. Work has begun with installation anticipated to be complete in July. The approximate project cost is $28,915.

Springtree Park/2700 NW 39th Ave.

Construction began in March on this neighborhood nature park. The project includes improved park access and trails, a new playground, adult fitness stations, a deck overlooking Three Lakes Creek, a pavilion, park signage, fencing, a bike rack, trash cans, and pet waste station. The project is anticipated to complete in July. The approximate project cost is $197,609.

Click here to view park photos.

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