Albert “Ray” Massey Park
(formerly referred to as Westside Park)
1001 NW 34th St.
Updates include improvements to the park’s Northwest 34th
Street/SR 121 parking areas and upgrades to baseball fields 1 and 2. This project is approximately 60% complete and will finish in the fall. The approximate project cost is $739,499.35.
Parking area improvements include a permanent closure of the southernmost entrance to reduce congestion at the 8
Ave. intersection and minimize traffic near the children’s playground. The parking area is also being reconfigured to provide 20 new spaces, dedicated bus, scooter and motorcycle parking and triple the number of ADA spaces.
* At least half of the parking spaces in the park’s 34th Street lot will remain available for patrons throughout construction.
Ball field improvements include field regrading, new turf, reconstruction of ramps to the scorer’s platform, a new ADA accessible viewing area over field 1 and erosion stabilization.
A new water fountain and grills will also be installed at Albert “Ray” Massey Park later this summer.
*Access to fields 1 and 2 is limited during construction.
874 SE 4th St.
Lighting and electrical improvements are underway at Depot Park and are anticipated to complete in July. The work includes the addition of bollard lighting from the Depot Park parking lot to the overflow parking lot. This project also includes an electrical capacity upgrade to the park. Existing light poles will be retrofitted with electrical outlets and additional electrical receptacles will be installed near the Little Lawns, the West Overlook, the East Overlook and the Open Lawn to better accommodate programming and events. The approximate project cost is $456,991.
5701 NW 34th Blvd.
Extensive improvements include construction of a “Generations Play Zone” and new playground. The new park design provides activities for all ages and includes outdoor games such as bocce ball, pickle ball, tennis, racquetball, pétanque, table tennis, checkers and chess. It will also include an outdoor patio, a large pavilion with grills, shaded seating and viewing areas and a walking path with outdoor exercise equipment. Funding assistance for the Generations Play Zone was provided by the Rotary Clubs of Gainesville Foundation. The project is approximately 85% complete with a finish date estimated for August. The approximate project cost is $2 million.
(formerly named Kiwanis Girl Scout Park)
810 NW 8th Ave.
Improvements include updating the nearly 64-year-old building, a new modern playground, the addition of a bridge, new plants, removing invasive species and adding parking. Park patrons are encouraged to utilize
nearby city parks
while work is taking place. The project is 75% complete with a finish date estimated for September. The approximate project cost is $998,000.
T.B. McPherson Recreation Complex
1717 SE 15th St.
Installation of new metal pavilion roofs has begun and is anticipated to complete in August. American Roofing Company and EMC Framing, both small, local businesses, will perform the work. The approximate project cost is $18,250. New water fountains and grills will also be installed at the recreation complex later this summer.