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Families can pick up, release butterfly with Gainesville parks event
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A butterfly rests on a table underneath a tent to avoid the rain at the 2018 butterfly release at Wilshire Trails Park in Gainesville. - photo by Kaylee Martin

Families can pick up butterflies to release at home for this year’s 24th annual Butterfly Release.

Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, Friends of Gainesville Parks and Greenways decided to change the event to an at-home butterfly release to ensure the health and safety of others. 

The community is encouraged to still participate by visiting either Wessell Park, Midland Greenway, City Park Playground or Rock Creek Veterans Park from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, to pick up a free butterfly and goodies. 

“In an effort to limit community spread of the virus, we made the decision to modify the event and spread it over four parks,” said Chris Morgan, president of Friends of Gainesville Parks and Greenways. “We actually think this will give us the chance to highlight these public spaces for the community to enjoy as we move into the fall.”

For more information or to make a donation for the event, visit  

Butterfly Release 

What: Pick up a free butterfly from local parks for an at-home release

When: 1-3 p.m. Sept. 19

Where: Wessel Park, 493 Holly Drive, Gainesville

; Midtown Greenway, 682 Grove St., Gainesville; City Park, 549 Glenwood Drive, Gainesville; Rock Creek Veterans Park, 223 Northside Drive, Gainesville    

How much: Free

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