Our Organization


  • Friends of the Parks was formed in response to citizen concerns for the need to restore Ivey Terrace Park.
  • In 1996, a public-private partnership was created between the City of Gainesville, Gainesville Parks & Recreation, and the 501-C3, Friends of Gainesville Parks, Inc.
  • Friends of the Parks is funded through private donations and grants.
  • Friends of the Parks is under the direction of a 25-member Board of Directors.
  • In 2002, the organization changed its name to Friends of Gainesville Parks and Greenways, Inc.
  • Friends of the Parks hosts the annual Sunday in the Parks Butterfly Release.
  • Focuses on:
  • Restore the Rock Creek Greenway Corridor, including streambank restoration, erosion control, landscape beautification, and the construction of multi-use trails.
  • Acquire land for parks and greenways to develop greenway network in partnership with the City of Gainesville.
  • Maintain and beautify parks and greenways.
  • Increase connectivity and greenspace awareness through educational programs.

Our Succeses

  •    Creation of the Rock Creek Park or “Gateway Park” dedicated in 2001
  •    Land acquisition along the linear corridor
  •    Master Plan development for the Rock Creek Greenway
  •    Stormwater management and streambank stabilization
  •    Restoration of Ivey Terrace Phase I, II and III
  •    Annual Butterfly Release
  •    Sidewalk Initiative (In partnership with the City of Gainesville Sidewalk Master Plan)