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Friends of the Parks

Become a Park Rooter!

Download the attached membership form and return.

Who are Friends of Gainesville Parks and Greenways?

Friends of Gainesville Parks & Greenways, Inc. 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.

Read more about our successes in expanding greenways and community connectivity.

How You Can Help

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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 & Greenways, Inc. and mailed to: 830 Green Street, Gainesville, GA 30501.

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)