Project: Depot Park

Area(s): Downtown
Type: Economic development, park
Budget: $5.9M
Location: South Main Street and Depot Avenue
Start date: 2007
Completion date: Fall 2016

The vision for Depot Park is to create a contemporary public greenspace that will serve as Gainesville’s “Central Park”. As the signature city park located within downtown, it will be the gateway to central Gainesville and provide a space for public outdoor enjoyment unique to the city. The park will offer community residents opportunities to experience the renovated historic train depot, enjoy a system of walking paths, and participate in family activities at several children’s areas. A feasibility study is also in progress to bring the Cade Museum to the site, which when built, will create a strong, positive draw that will establish Depot Park as an important city destination. The stormwater facility planned for the site is also an important feature in that it will enable cost-effective and environmentally sound stormwater management for downtown’s evolving development pattern.

In December 2014, the Depot Park construction documents and Guaranteed Maximum Price for construction were approved by the CRA and City Commission to enter the construction phase. The Depot Park plans were submitted for City site plan permitting in early December. The project was heard at the Development Review Board in late February. Since that date, the CRA has obtained all permitting and approvals required to commence construction.  Currently, the City’s Public Works Department has been working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to receive approval of the contamination cap on the Depot Park site.  In June, the City’s Public Works Department began conducting a series of soil borings to demonstrate that the contamination cap is sufficient.  Once the soil borings are complete an analysis of the data will be presented to the FDEP.  If the FDEP deems the contamination cap to be adequate, the CRA will mobilize for construction.  Depot Park Phase II construction is expected to commence in September 2015.

Milestones accomplished:
+ Depot Building Rehabilitation
+ Depot Park Phase I Context Area
+ Depot Park Phase II 100% Construction Documents
+ Depot Park Phase II Construction Permitting

CRA Project Manager: Cindi Harvey
( 352-393-8209
Last updated on June 4, 2015

Key Partners: CRA, GRU, Public Works, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs staff, & more


Depot Park master plan

January 2015 Depot Park aerial taken by Ken Weyrauch:

Ken Weyrauch aerial



Site cleanup photo: