The Countdown to Cascades Has Begun!
Official Opening Date for Cascades Park Set for March 14
February 12, 2014
At 10 a.m. today, the long awaited official opening date of Cascades Park was streamed into homes, offices and classrooms across the community. Electronic devices tuned into Blueprint 2000's live webcast when Leon County Commission Chairman and Chair of the Intergovernmental Agency (IA) Kristin Dozier and Tallahassee City Commissioner and IA Vice Chair Scott Maddox, along with fellow commissioners, park sponsors and staff, revealed the park's official opening date will be Friday, March 14.
"We only have a few more weeks to go before the grand opening of this one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art park," said Chairman Dozier. "Today's virtual community announcement shows many organizations invested a great amount of time, energy and creativity in Cascades Park. Soon, all of these efforts will result in a wonderful community asset for everyone to enjoy for generations to come."
In addition to announcing the official opening date, Blueprint 2000, in partnership with Google, updated the park's webpage, DiscoverCascades.com, to include 360-degree images of some of the park's completed attractions, including Meridian Plaza, Imagination Fountain, Boca Chuba Pond and the amphitheater at Cascades Park.
"There is no better way to announce the opening of our most innovative park than to utilize cool, interactive tools such as the live stream announcement and the Google 360-degree images," said Commissioner Maddox. "While crews work day and night to get it ready for the big opening, we are thrilled citizens can take a sneak peek into the park without even stepping foot in it!"
Details for the park's grand opening events are still being finalized, but the community can look forward to a weekend of fun. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for midmorning on Friday, March 14, followed by local talent performing on the amphitheater, midday park tours and a family-friendly nighttime movie. On the morning of Saturday, March 15, local acts will take to the amphitheater stage again to provide entertainment until early afternoon; additionally, sponsors and staff members will be on hand to showcase the park's amenities.
Once complete, Cascades Park will serve as a social center for the community, enhancing the quality of life for everyone by offering one venue that brings together arts, entertainment, education, history and wellness. Some of the amenities in Cascades Park include a state-of-the-art amphitheater, interactive play plaza, Discovery children's play area, Smokey Hollow historic area and miles of multi-use paths for walking, jogging or biking.
Many of the beautiful amenities within the park were made possible through the generosity of local sponsors. Community partners include Capital Health Plan, Mainline Information Systems, First Commerce Credit Union, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Pittman Law Group, Gary Yordon-Governance, Inc., the Genesis Group and Architects Lewis + Whitlock, among others. Government partners include the City of Tallahassee, Leon County Government, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency and the Northwest Florida Water Management District.
Blueprint 2000 is an intergovernmental agency funded by a one-cent sales tax, and is governed by both the City of Tallahassee and Leon County. Cascades Park is the signature project for Blueprint 2000, exemplifying the agency's mission to preserve, protect and enhance our quality of life.
For more information, please visit DiscoverCascades.com. You can also stay up-to-date with all things Cascades Park by viewing its YouTube Channel, liking its Facebook page and following @Cascades_Park on Twitter.
Susan Emmanuel, Blueprint 2000 Public Information Office, 219-1060; Heather Teter, City of Tallahassee Communications, 891-8533; or Jon D. Brown, Leon County Community and Media Relations, 606-5300