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Friends of the Parks
26th Annual Butterfly Release
Sunday, May 21 from 1-4pm
Longwood Park | 20 Pearl Nix Parkway | Gainesville, GA 30501
This free community event brings thousands of residents to our parks in celebration every year - complete with exhibitors, food and beverage trucks, family friendly activities, butterfly garden workshops, and more!
This event is a major fundraiser for Friends of Gainesville Parks & Greenways. Show your support by clicking the donate button below!
Friends of Gainesville Parks & Greenways is ...
a non-profit organization. Our mission is to serve as a cultural, educational, and recreational resource to develop, beautify, maintain, restore and preserve passive and active leisure pursuits in Gainesville, Hall County.
Since its inception in 1996, Friends of the Parks have funded over $820,000 in projects and successfully advocated for another $5.6 million in capital projects, park improvements and grants for Gainesville Parks and Recreation.
Make a Donation
No amount is too small. Make your tax deductible donation in your name or that of a loved one, colleague or friend. Your support is needed and appreciated. All donations are tax-deductible.
Checks should be made payable to: Friends of Gainesville Parks and Greenways, Inc. and mailed to: 830 Green Street, Gainesville, GA 30501 or
Online with Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover by clicking on the Donate link above.
Donate to the Wilshire Wonderland of Lights
A Strolling Holiday Experience at Wilshire Trails Park | 849 Wilshire Trails Road
Find out more about the event.
Become a Park Rooter (Friends of the Parks Member)
As a member of the Park Rooters, you are one of the Friends of Gainesville Parks & Greenways most treasured supporters. Your annual gift directly supports our mission to serve as a cultural, educational, and recreational resource to develop, beautify, maintain, restore and preserve passive and active leisure pursuits in Gainesville, Hall County. For more details, see our various giving levels and benefits below.
Take a look at our membership levels.
Giving Tree and Park Bench Program
Remember a loved one; Celebrate a new life; Honor someone special
Giving Tree: $1,000
Park Bench: $2,500
Both includes a recognition plaque and installation.
Call 770.531.2680 for more information.
- 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 and 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 Board of Directors, a mixture of City Council and Board appointed.
- 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)
Friends of Gainesville Parks and Greenways meets the first Thursday of every month at the Gainesville Civic Center.