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Cool times at Gainesville parks

The city of Gainesville operates three public parks with pools: the H. Spurgeon “Westside” Pool, the Dwight H. Hunger “Northeast” Pool, and Andrew R. Mickle Sr. Pools. The first two have diving boards, water slides, picnic tables, and professionally trained lifeguards making them great for a day of family fun.

The Westside and Northeast pools also have splash pads where children can play in sprays of water, have water dumped on them, and play with a variety of water toys. Both of these pools are open to both city and non-city residents for a daily fee. Families can also purchase seasonal passes.

Gainesville’s public pools have undergone several upgrades during the winter months. The Westside pool will have a new water slide (not a new design; just a new structure). The Northeast pool has a new geothermal system that will allow the pool to be used year round.

For the younger children, one of the best places to visit is the Spray Splash Park at the Hal Brady Alachua Recreation Complex in Alachua. The park features a half-acre fenced in area with grass, restrooms, showers, and a splash area with spraying, dumping, and shooting water.

The Westside pool is located at 1001 NW 31st Drive, the Northeast pool is located at 1100 NE 14th Street (both in Gainesville), and the Spray Splash Park is located at 14300 NW 146 Terrace in Alachua.

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