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McCage steps down from parks and rec; train up and running Monday

Mar. 15—Patrick McCage is retiring from his role at Gainesville's Parks and Recreation Director after 26 years on the job.

Why, exactly?

"I'm changing up careers," said McCage. "Going to take a little vacation, and then going to pursue other endeavors."

Also, after two years, the Frankie Schmitz Express Train is returning to Leonard Park.

The train has not run for the past two summers. It will be back up and running again starting Monday. The train will run Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $3, and whistles and t-shirts are also available for $8 and $15, respectively.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation department at 940-668-4530.