Parks and Open Space

News and Events

Cuscowilla RenovationsRenovations for the Nature Center are underway. The center features a screened in classroom and ADA restrooms.​  Additional site improvements include a Black Swamp boardwalk, nature trails, resurfaced parking area, waterfront dock, climbing tower, and butterfly garden.

Cuscowilla Nature and Retreat Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the public to enjoy our walking trails, picnic areas, disc golf, sport courts, and open space.

Cuscowilla Pool is open to the public on the weekends beginning Memorial Day weekend  through Labor Day weekend. Pool hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday and SundayGuests may purchase a $5 day pass or $20 season pass onsite or online prior to pool entry.  To pay online, please click “Register & Reserve” and then "Pool Pass" under our membership offerings. For more information, please call  (352) 574-2372.   

Cuscowilla Rentals. Cuscowilla Nature and Retreat Center is available for rentals including overnight cabin stays, primitive camping, archery, pavilion, lodge, grounds, and indoor meeting space. For more information on availability, or for a quote, please email  or call us at 352-574-2372.  

Projects currently in the construction phase that will be complete this Spring 

Jill McGuire Santa Fe Lake large restroom replacement

Projects to be completed this Fall 

Poe Springs Restroom

Recently Completed Projects 

Improvements to Squirrel ridge Park including a new play area, walking path, dog pools and wash station 

Poe Springs Boardwalk Replacement and canoe launch at the spring area Jonesville Tennis Court Rehabilitation 

Chestnut Park Pavilions adjacent to the Multi use field 

Grove Park play area and ADA access

Lake Forest Pocket Park at Lake Forest Elementary School​

 Upcoming projects 

Veterans Park Playground and Improvements
ADA repairs or improvements to Kate Barnes Boat Ramp
Master Plan for Alachua County Parks

Squirrel Ridge Restroom Design

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Contact us

Parks and Open Space 210 SE 134 Ave.  Micanopy, FL 32667​
Phone: 352-264-6847 Monday - Friday Email Us:​


Our mission is to provide safe, well maintained parks and open spaces to create fun, memorable experiences that enhance the quality of life, as well as healthy minds and bodies, for all people.


Our parks are better today than they were yesterday. We envision increased recreational programming and investment in staff and facilities.

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