Lunchtime Walk Connects Canopy and Fitness
January 21, 2014
The City of Tallahassee recently completed work on the first phase of the Centerville Road Sidewalk Improvement Project. To celebrate this step toward a more connected, walkable community, the City is hosting a lunchtime walk from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23.
The walk will begin at the corner of Centerville Road and Medical Drive and proceed north to roughly Trescott Drive, where walkers will make a quick loop and head back south on Centerville Road. This route is relatively flat and ADA accessible. It is 1.5 miles total in distance. Water will be available at the start and end of the walk.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available at 1623 Medical Drive, which is the former Tallahassee Diagnostic Imaging building on the corner of Centerville Road and Medical Drive. The entrances are both located on Medical Drive.
The new sidewalk runs along the eastside of Centerville Road from Hodges Drive to Goodwood Drive. It is one of the first sidewalks in Tallahassee to be built within the Canopy Tree Protection Zone. Because we as a community value our gorgeous canopy, the City designed the sidewalk in a way that protected the trees and their root systems to the greatest extent possible, with input from the Canopy Roads Citizen Committee and strict oversight from Growth Management and arborists. Some of the unique design features of the sidewalk will be highlighted on the walk.
"The Centerville sidewalk is a cornerstone project in our priority to connect our community in a way that preserves our natural treasures but also encourages our residents to get the full benefits of walking," said Commissioner Scott Maddox. "This sidewalk opening proves that we can work together to make accessible paths for all abilities and protect the trees that line our beautiful canopy roads."
This walk is being coordinated with City Commissioner Scott Maddox's Tallahassee Walk About and Tallahassee Democrat Executive Editor Bob Gabordi's Move.Tallahassee. Mark O'Bryant,
President and CEO of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH), will also be on hand for the celebratory walk. TMH will provide refreshments for walk participants.
The second phase of the project will connect the sidewalk from its current end at Goodwood Drive with Blair Stone Road. The construction start date is to be determined.
If you would like more information, please contact the City's Communications Department at 891-8533.
Lizzy Kelley or Alison Faris, Communications Department, 891-8533