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Best known as Florida's capital city, Tallahassee shares a deep-rooted history and culture with unparalleled natural adventure and an upbeat vitality. From performing arts to outdoors and nature, Tallahassee offers something for everyone.
Usually when I hear the term “urban development,” I think “condos.” But a new project in Tallahassee is bucking the trend.
Our state’s capital has debuted its new downtown development, Cascades Park. The 24-acre oasis sits on land where the Spanish settled in 1529. The property has undergone a few changes since then.
The new park’s many features include:
Amphitheater with 1,500 permanent seats, plus lawn seating.
Several fountains where kids (or kids at heart) can splash in their swimsuits by day. After dark, the water “performs” a choreographed light show set to music by the Adderley Brothers, Ray Charles and other Florida natives.
Monuments, including a Korean War memorial and a marker commemorating Tallahassee’s historic African-American neighborhood, Smokey Hollow.
And something especially useful: “You may see Cascades Park as a park, but it’s actually an infrastructure project designed to attenuate and treat stormwater,” says Autumn Calder, senior planner with Blueprint 2000, the group that designed the park.