After more than twenty years cleaning up a site contaminated with industrial waste, the City of Gainesville has opened a brand new community park. Located across the street from the new Rosa Parks Bus Headquarters, Depot Park is a large area with a playground for children, water features that will attract wildlife, a food market, restored train depot, and enough room to hold events such as concerts and food truck rallys.
The park is connected to numerous area bike trails such as this one. We won't be going down this path today.
Instead we will turn towards the park which was enjoying a large crowd of people on a sunny weekend morning.
Across the lake, a part of the city water treatment system, there's a steel structure I'll need to investigate another day.
There are several large, covered areas where various birthday parties were taking place.
And here's the fun and innovative children's play space.
The splash area was quite a welcome spot on a warm day.
Post by bixaorellana on Sept 18, 2016 22:09:29 GMT
That was fun! The park seems to incorporate the wonderful Florida sky just beautifully. I am fascinated by the innovative and very kid-friendly playground equipment. Super photos and I love how much everyone is enjoying everything, especially the splash area.
Fantastic family fun! I love the play areas and the splash pad.
The City I live in has done a similar Park with our Rail Yards. It also includes two carousels and an operating train ride where you see many adults crammed into the seats enjoying the ride as much as the little ones! We are missing a splash pad but there are a few groups pressing City Hall to add that to an available spot.
I don't think I realized how big the park is when I looked at the first installment of this thread. Wonderful new pictures throughout, but the hawk photos really take the cake. That last shot of the pickerel weed is a real treat, too.
What a great place! Is there an entrance fee? There is bound to be a lot of maintenance so the upkeep would be expensive. I love the wetland part of the park for people who have older children and want to introduce them to some birds. The children all seemed so happy having a great fun time- I see a lot of tired little heads when bedtime comes!