Mobile Walking Tour: Capital Cascades Trail- Cascades Park to Railroad Square – An Economic and Redevelopment Success Story

Feb. 7, 2017
2 – 5  pm
REGISTRATION:  Click here for the Registration Form.  Registration ends Jan. 31 and is limited to 38 people.

img_3036The Capital Cascades Trail links together many of Tallahassee and Leon County’s best assets, including the award-winning Cascades Park, FAMU Way, and DOMI Station.  From its northern terminus on Franklin Boulevard, the multi-use trail winds south and westward, providing access for pedestrians and cyclists to the FAMU campus, Railroad Square Art Park and Gaines Street District businesses. The trail will eventually connect to the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail, resulting in a trail network of that connects all the way from Leon High School and Downtown Tallahassee to the Gulf of Mexico.

This two-mile walking tour will be led by staff from the Tallahassee –Leon County Planning Department. The tour will begin at the Smokey Hollow Commemorative Park, a memorial to the once thriving African-American community located at the site of what is now Cascades Park.  (Cascades Park was the 2016 winner of the Great Places in Florida – People’s Choice Award.) The group will then move southward into Cascades Park, previously a brownfields site,  to experience many of the park’s outstanding amenities, including the Capital City Amphitheater, Edison Restaurant, and the Prime Meridian Marker.  Tour guides will discuss the economic impact the park is having on downtown Tallahassee, and the ways it is spurring activity and development in the area.

gpof-16-winner-cascades-1The tour will continue over Monroe Street by way of the Capital Cascades Pedestrian Bridge and onto FAMU Way, a newly constructed complete streets corridor.  As the tour continues along FAMU Way, participants will learn about the street’s many amenities and progressive infrastructure features. From FAMU Way, the tour will turn north into Railroad Square, an eclectic art park known widely for its revitalization through local merchant investment and public events.

The tour will conclude at Domi Station, a former warehouse converted into a business incubator and co-working space.  Participants will learn how this creative concept came to fruition and how it can be replicated in your community.

Mobile tour participants will be provided transportation back to their vehicles.

Please remember to dress appropriately as this is a walking tour. 

AICP CM: 3 credits will be sought.