Press release from City of Gainesville
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The City of Gainesville was awarded a $200,000 Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) Matching Grant to support the Forest Park renovation, expected to begin in early 2023. Community engagement, surveying, geotechnical exploration, environmental assessments, design, and permitting took place from 2021 through the summer of 2022.
The City’s grant was approved by the Florida Legislature for funding in July 2022. The matched 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 was acquired by the City of Gainesville through annexation from Alachua County in Nov. 2017. The park was in need of significant improvements when it was transferred and currently includes 3 soccer fields, volleyball and basketball courts, a restroom building, picnic pavilion, and parking.