Message from Our Director
Gainesville Parks and Recreation strives to make a positive impact through our facilities and programs. Focusing on five areas of impact; community, youth, health, environment, and economic, Parks and Recreation plays a vital role within the City of Gainesville.
Thank you for your continued support and participation in our programs. This is an exciting time for the City and Gainesville Parks and Recreation, and we are proud to be a part of it. We strive to respond to the ever-changing and growing needs of the Gainesville community. We offer more than 1,000 programs annually for participants of all ages; operate major facilities including Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, Gainesville Civic Center and Lanier Point Athletic Complex; and maintain 21 parks so our citizens and visitors can enjoy the great outdoors.
As we look toward the future, Gainesville Parks and Recreation is committed to our mission of improving quality of life for our citizens. We have begun implementation on our 2030 Parks, Trails and Opens Spaces Master Plan that was developed with significant citizen input.
Please join us for a program, special event, workout, or just a walk in a park. Live. Work. Play. Gainesville.
Kate Mattison, CPRP, Director
Michael Graham, Deputy Director
Missy Bailey, Special Projects Manager
Julie Butler Colombini, Marketing/Communications Manager
Shannon Jones, Senior Secretary
Janice Teems, Financial Coordinator
Judy Williams, Administrative Coordinator
Parks and Facilities Division
Brian Peters, Parks and Facility Services Division Manager
Eno Slaughter, Parks Maintenance Supervisor
Alan Cline, Assistant Parks Maintenance Supervisor
Facility Services Staff
Carrie Gravett, Facility Services Manager
Ron Arro, Facility Operations Manager
Aaron Barnett, Operations Manager
Staci Butts, Stagehand One
Cathy Poole, Custodian
Eason Spivey, Interim Division Manager
Steve Woods, Adult Athletic Program Manager
Sadie Foote, Recreation Program Coordinator
Frances Meadows Center Division
Zandrea Stephens, Division Manager
Michael Williams, Facility Operations Manager
Ron Portillo, Facility Operations Supervisor
Shannon Parris, Aquatics Manager
Crystal Tavares, Lanier Aquatics Swim Coach
David Menchinger, Lanier Aquatics Swim Coach
Sheila Curry, Senior Secretary