Thanks to those who attended the Reserve Park dedication!

Close to 200 people came out on Saturday to celebrate the completion of the new neighborhood park. The event featured speakers representing the neighborhood, the Army Reserve and the City of Gainesville. Following the ceremony, the Shahboz family, Gainesville residents who competed on the television program “American Ninja Warrior,” gave demonstrations of the obstacle course equipment. To view photos from the event and of the park, click here.

Funded by the Wild Spaces and Public Places half-cent sales tax, the new neighborhood park caters to all ages and features a community garden, an obstacle course, a playground, a walking loop and original art. The approximate cost of the project was $950,000.

Those speaking at the ceremony included: Daniel Alves, Representative, Friends of Reserve Park neighborhood group; Steve Phillips, Director, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department; Adrian Hayes-Santos, District 4 City Commissioner; Randy Wells, former City Commissioner; Colonel James “Marty” Akers, Representative, 81st Readiness Division; Mandy Millam, Representative, Friends of Reserve Park neighborhood group; Sandra Carlisi neighborhood business owner East End Eatery; James Coats, neighborhood business owner, Phalanx Defense Systems; Betsy Waite, Director, Wild Spaces & Public Places.