LOVE YOUR PARKS - PARK PROJECTS – UPDATED JANUARY 2024
Gainesville Parks & Recreation is continuing the implementation of the 2030 Parks, Greenways & Open Space Master Plan that focuses on preparing for the recent and future growth of the community. The Agency intends to upgrade and add amenities and facilities at every park, while also looking to acquire develop new parks. Our current list of major park projects is below:
Midland Greenway Renovations - Midland Park has already seen the addition of the trailhead parking and ponds, and the ADA playground. Most recently, the Dog Park and Greenway Lighting Projects were completed. So much more is coming by Summer 2024; including a permanent covered stage with sound and lighting, as well as shade structures, a dining plaza, and restrooms.
Midland Greenway Expansion! - Midland Greenway will be expanding in 2 different directions over the next few years. Plans are currently in development for an East/West spur that begins at Engine 209 Park and runs to Athens Street. In addition, the trail will continue heading South from Industrial Blvd. under Queen City Parkway and in front of the airport to connect to Highlands to Islands Trail at Chicopee Woods.
Longwood Park Improvements - A concept plan has been created to renovate the Dogwood Pavilion at Longwood Park. One of our busiest pavilions; this facility is sorely out of date and needs attention. The Agency is awaiting news about possible grant funding to make improvements to the pavilion including the kitchen, restrooms, and storage.
Martha Hope Cabin Improvements - Parking in City Park is an issue that needs attention. Parking improvements at Martha Hope Cabin will add approximately 30 spaces to City Park which should relieve some of the parking issues on game days, as well as during rental events.
Wessell Park Improvements - Gainesville Parks & Recreation has designed, developed, and installed an 18-hole course at Wessell Park as well as added 4 pickleball courts. To add to these amenities; the Agency is expanding the parking lot, adding a restroom facility and lighting to the courts.
J. Melvin Cooper Youth Sports Complex - Phase 2 is underway on this long awaited park located off Old Cornelia Highway adjacent to White Sulphur Elementary. The 89 acre complex will include 5 ball diamonds, 1 multipurpose field, a walking path, track, and playground. This park will bring in an estimated $6 million in economic impact annually and provide additional space that is greatly needed for youth programming. Concept Plan
Roper Park - The Agency recently added 2 pickleball courts to this park and is currently finalizing the installation of 2 sand volleyball courts. Over the next couple of years additional improvements are coming to include a parking lot, pavilion, better ADA accessibility and renovated restrooms and kitchen.