Boulware Spring is a fourth-magnitude spring that issues from a pipe in a semicircular brick wall in the side of the hill west of the old water treatment plant. Water flows south into concrete retaining pools and then to a small stream to Paynes Prairie. Boulware Spring is located on the site of the original public water plant for Gainesville. Now a city park, the water plant building has been turned into a small museum with conference room facilities. Early pictures of the site are displayed in the water treatment plant conference room, and some of the old plant equipment is in an adjacent room. The park also serves as the western trailhead of the Gainesville to Hawthorne Rail Trail.