FRDAP awards grant for Forest Park renovations  

Forest Park with Wild Spaces and FDEP logo overall
The City of Gainesville's Wild Spaces and Public Places program received a $200,000 matching grant to support the Forest Park renovation.
Forest Park sign
Photo by Seth Johnson The City of Gainesville’s Forest Park.

The Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) recently awarded the City of Gainesville a $200,000 matching grant to support the Forest Park renovation, expected to begin in early 2023.  

The park needed significant improvements after it was transferred from Alachua County to the city in November 2017. It currently includes 3 soccer fields, volleyball and basketball courts, a restroom building, picnic pavilion and parking. 

The Florida Legislature approved the city’s Wild Spaces and Public Places program grant for funding in July 2022. 

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The matching funds will support court surfacing, a new pavilion, field lighting, water fountains, off-leash dog park amenities, landscaping, field turf, irrigation, shade structures, bleachers, benches, tables, fencing, netting, site work and soccer field drainage.   

Forest Park basketball courts
Photo by Seth Johnson Forest Park

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