• Summer Fun in the City

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  • We've got greenways and blueways!

    Paddle the Gainesville Upper Lanier Watertail

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  • Explore the Linwood Nature Preserve

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  • A Splash of Fitness and Fun

    Frances Meadows Aquatic Center has it all!

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  • Nationally Accredited

    Gainesville Parks and Recreation has been nationally accredited three times by the National Recreation and Park Association.

It's All About Quality of Life

Gainesville Parks and Recreation is proud of its role in the quality of life our citizens covet. Our Agency operates and maintains eight major facilities, 22 parks and over 454+ acres of park land. We are steadfast in our commitment of building and preserving a parks and recreation system that meets the needs of our community.

More than 100,000 area residents participate in recreation opportunities that improve health, develop skills, build self-esteem, and bring families and friends together.

A vital component in our ability to serve our citizens and expand participation has been the implementation of our Vision 2014 Strategic Plan and its 5-Year Master Plan Update currently in progress. Your input will continue to be a necessary part of its success and we invite you to contact us with any ideas or concerns regarding your parks and recreation system.

"Gainesville Parks and Recreation is one of the many reasons we love living in Gainesville!" -"Your Parks Your Voice" Survey respondent

Important Facts You Should Know About How We Operate

  • Nationally Accredited
  • Governed by a 9 member Legal Citizens Board appointed by City Council
  • $4 Million Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2016
  • Only 60% of revenue is generated through property taxes
  • 40% of revenue must be generated through fees and charges

Take a look at our Vision, Mission, Values, Pillars and the Benefits of Parks and Recreation!

Visit our office:
Gainesville Civic Center
830 Green Street, NE
Gainesville, GA 30501

Download our latest Annual Report.