Friends of the Parks

Wilshire Trails -Rock Creek Greenway

Check out this year's Butterfly Release...


Who Are Friends of Gainesville Parks & Greenways?

Friends of Gainesville Parks and 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.

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 and Greenways, Inc. and
mailed to: 830 Green Street, Gainesville, GA 30501 or
Online with Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover by clicking on the Donate link below.

Become a Park Rooter

Take a look at our membership levels.

Sponsor the Annual Butterfly Release

See how you can be a part of one of Gainesville's largest community events.

Giving Tree and Park Bench Program

Remember a loved one; Celebrate a new life; Honor someone special
Giving Tree: $1,000
Park Bench: $2,500
Both includes a recognition plaque and installation.
Call 770.531.2680 for more information.


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 and 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 Board of Directors, a mixture of City Council and Board appointed.
  • 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 Successes

  • 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)