Why Should Businesses Support the Jonesville Park?
- There are no improved county or city parks in northwest
Gainesville west of I-75, in spite of the explosion of
residential development in this quadrant. The nearest
parks are Westside (NW 8th Ave and 34th Street) and Kanapaha
Park (SW Tower Road). San Felasco State Preserve, located
off Millhopper Road, only has walking trails and no active
- Land values adjacent to and in close proximity to
parks and preserved open spaces are significantly higher
than properties that are not. A number of studies have
documented that people are willing to pay more for homes
located close to parks than they are for comparable homes
located further away. It is very likely that the presence
of a 100 acre regional park near the many new developments
in the Jonesville area will have a positive influence
on the decision of buyers to purchase homes or lots there.
- Parks and open space create a high quality of life
that attracts tax-paying businesses and residents to
communities. Thus, it is in the best interest of those
in the land development business and business community
in general to support the county’s recreational
- Corporate CEOs say that employee quality of
life is the third most important factor in locating
a new business.
- Small company owners say recreation, parks,
and open space are the highest priority in choosing
a new location for their businesses.
- Across the US, access to parks and open space
has become a measure of community wealth-a tool for
attracting businesses by guaranteeing quality of
life and economic heath.
- Local businesses will prosper with the development
of this regional park. According to the US Soccer Foundation,
a 44 team, two-day soccer tournament will generate approximately
$250,000 in revenue to the community through lodging,
meals, and additional visitor spending. The soccer complex
at Jonesville Park will finally allow this type of tournament
to take place in Alachua County. With the development
of the baseball, softball, and tennis complexes at the
park, similar results can be expected.
- Because of the budgetary constraints of Alachua
County, it is clear that without the support of the private
sector, development of parks and recreation will be very
difficult to accomplish. The Gainesville Soccer Alliance
is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to
the creation of six tournament quality soccer fields
at Jonesville. But to accomplish their goals, they need
the assistance of private citizens as well as for-profit
companies and organizations.
- By supporting this park, your organization would
be considered a good neighbor and a good community member,
and very well could benefit in some way by the good will
- It’s simply the right thing to do. Everyone