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Roosevelt Square

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Roosevelt Square is situated at the center of Gainesville's government complex and was named for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. On April 9, 1936, just three days after a deadly tornado ripped through the downtown square, Roosevelt visited Gainesville and pledged his support to rebuild downtown. A new "Civic Center" was designed and built by the Public Works Administration. It included the Federal Building on one block; a County Courthouse on the next block; and a City Hall on the next block.* President Roosevelt returned in March 1938 to dedicate the new "Civic Center;" and the "Roosevelt Memorial Monument" was unveiled before the many thousands that attended.

Today the park-like setting features the Roosevelt Memorial Monument and a fountain and pools that were dedicated to Gainesville-Hall public safety agencies by several local Rotary Clubs.

This large, grassy area offers an excellent location for community events. First Fridays concerts and Mule Camp concerts have been performed at Roosevelt Square. It has also been home to the Mutts on Main dog park and the Jingle Mingle train ride.

The Highlands to Islands trail passes through Roosevelt and then crosses over Jesse Jewell Parkway via a bridge that connects the downtown business district to the Midland area. Make sure to visit the City of Gainesville Visitor Center located on the first floor of the Gainesville Administration Building for information on local attractions and things to do.


Convenient and ADA accessible parking at 117 Jesse Jewell Parkway

*Norton, W. L. (2001). Chapter III/The Great Tornado. In Historic Gainesville & Hall County: An Illustrated History (pp. 60–61). Historical Pub. Network.