Gainesville Arts and Parks Foundation raises money for city improvements

Gainesville Arts and Parks Foundation raises money for city improvements

The Gainesville Arts and Parks Foundation, a non-profit also known as GAP is starting its annual fundraising drive to create a better Gainesville.

GAP president Augi Lye said the goal is to create a world class arts and parks community by getting support from donors.

"This year we've raised over $90,000 and we're hoping to top the year off," Lye said.

The money raised goes toward park improvements, youth sports, nature programs, summer recreation scholarships, and murals and art programming in Gainesville.

Lye said within the year GAP has helped 250 children attend summer camp for free, local and international artists paint new murals, and helped improve golf courses, parks and nature trails around town.

"We have a fantastic community with great parks that need our attention and we want to keep that growing," he said.

The foundation also helps raise money for events in the community.

Gainesville events coordinator David Ballard said a big one coming up is the New Year's Eve celebration at Depot Park and Bo Diddley Plaza- fireworks and a free concert to ring in 2018.

"For the countdown to midnight the whole plaza fills out, the whole downtown comes out and its a real sense of community.. The public coming to those event enjoy them, that's what gap is all about raising money so people can come to those events," Ballard said.

GAP president Augi Lye said any donation makes a positive impact to fund events and improve the quality of life in our community.

Donations may be made online on their website.

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