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Residents Encouraged to Take Survey on Recreation Center and Future Programs

The Alachua County Parks and Recreation Department develops management plans for the Parks and Recreation Master Planning Process. Community input is an important part of this process to better understand County residents’ programs and facility usage. Community feedback will be used to help guide decisions. The​ Parks and Recreation Department invites all residents to provide feedback and input through an open-link survey.

Participate in the online survey

​Please come join us any time between 5:30pm – 7:30pm at a fun and interactive workshop to discuss the future of your parks and recreation department! Public workshops will be held open house style.

There are three opportunities to meet with us in person:

- Tue​sday, May 10 from 5:30–7:30pm in the Freedom Center in Veteran’s Memorial Park
- Wednesday, May 11 from 5:30-7:30pm in Rotary Park at Jonesville
- Tuesday, May 24 from 5:30–7:30pm in the T.B. McPherson Center

Questions? Please contact Jason Maurer at, or 352-213-4796.

Cuscowilla Summer Camp programs are now open for registration. This year Day Camp will be offered for Kindergarten-5th grade student as well as Overnight Camps for 3rd-12th grade students. To see a full list of programs and to register, please click the "Register & Reserve" button. To learn more about program offerings and scholarship opportunities please contact Cuscowilla Manager, Lexi Green at or (352) 574-2372. 

 Cuscowilla Renovations will be completed May 2022 on Cuscowilla Dining Hall and Pool Building including; ADA restroom, building access, and sidewalk. Both buildings will be available for rental following Summer Camp in August. Additional site improvements include resurfaced parking area, waterfront dock, climbing tower, and butterfly garden. All Cuscowilla facilities will be available for rental and open to the public in August 2022. 


 The pool will be open to the public on weekends beginning Memorial Day weekend (May 28th). Pool hours will be 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Guests 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 program offerings. Questions? Please contact Lexi Green at or (352) 574-2372. 

 Cuscowilla Hours & Rentals. Beginning August 2022 Cuscowilla Nature and Retreat Center will be available for rentals including; overnight cabin stays, tent camping, activities, meeting spaces, parties, weddings, and private pool parties. To view available spaces, activities, and pricing please click “Register & Reserve.” Additionally, Cuscowilla will be open to the public to enjoy trails, picnic areas, and recreational fields following Summer Camp programs in August. 


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

Lake Alto pump out restroom 

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


Upcoming projects 

Veterans Park Splash Pad and Improvements
ADA repairs or improvements to Kate Barnes Boat Ramp
Lake Forest Pocket Park at Lake Forest Elementary School
Master Plan for Alachua County Parks

Squirrel Ridge Restroom Design

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Contact us

Parks and Open Space 408 West University Ave., Suite 106 Gainesville, FL 32601​
Phone: 352-264-6868 Fax: 352-264-6852 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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