- 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.
- 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)