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Cascades Park Celebrates Its One Week Anniversary

By: City of Tallahassee Email
By: City of Tallahassee Email
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Updated by: James Buechele
March 21, 2014, 6pm

Hard to believe, but it’s already been a week since Cascades Park opened in downtown Tallahassee.

With all the nice weather, plenty of people have been checking out the newest addition to the city.

Hundreds of people, young and old, have enjoyed Cascades Park over the last week. There are people biking, running, even people that bring their dogs to enjoy all that Cascades Park has to offer.

The big attraction is Imagination Fountain, where kids of all ages can play in the water. On Fridays, Satursdays, and Sundays at 8:00 pm, 8:30pm, and 9:00pm, Imagination Fountain is shut down for a light show.


Updated By: Bailey Myers
March 14, 2014, 11:15am

Cascades Park announced first two performers as Tracy Lawrence April 12th and Charlie Wilson on April 13th.
Find ticket information and more details at http://www.capitalcityamphitheater.com/


News Release: Blueprint 2000
Updated: March 12, 2014, 5pm

WHAT:
Blueprint 2000, the City of Tallahassee and Leon County will officially open Cascades Park this weekend with a trio of events – a dedication ceremony, Family Fun Night and Discover Cascades Day. This state-of-the-art urban park was built thanks to the one-cent local option sales tax. Come enjoy your park, built by your penny.

Dedication Ceremony

WHEN:
Friday, March 14, at 10 a.m.

WHO:
Elected and appointed officials from the City of Tallahassee and Leon County Government; officials with Blueprint 2000, Leon County Tourism Development, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and other agencies; and citizens including local students.

WHERE:
Capital City Amphitheater in Cascades Park, 1001 South Gadsden Street

Parking for the event will only be available at the City’s Myers Park parking lot. A shuttle will run between this location and Cascades Park for all attendees. Shuttles will begin at 9:15 a.m.

DETAILS:
At the dedication ceremony, all City and County Commissioners will help piece together the work of art that is Cascades Park. The artists who will perform at the first two ticketed concerts in the Capital City Amphitheater, as well as the concert dates, will also be announced. Be among the first to Discover Cascades!

Family Fun Night

WHEN:
Friday, March 14, from 5 -10 p.m.
Live entertainment begins at 5 p.m.
Movie begins at 8 p.m.

WHERE:
Capital City Amphitheater in Cascades Park, 1001 South Gadsden Street

Parking will be available in the Florida Department of Transportation parking lot and several State of Florida parking garages after 6 p.m. For a map of parking locations, please view the parking map under Upcoming Events on DiscoverCascades.com. Attendees are discouraged from parking in the Myers Park neighborhood and along roadways.

DETAILS:
The evening’s entertainment lineup includes the Hot Tamale band, Trousdell Gymnastics Center Dance Team, Tallahassee Fiddlers, Tallahassee Boys Choir, Magician Mark Allen, jugglers and other performers that will entertain and interact with the crowd from 5 - 8 p.m. At 8 p.m., a feature-length, animated film adaptation of a Dr. Seuss classic will begin.

Free glow bracelets, popcorn and soft drinks will be available. Food trucks will be on site with items available for purchase. Attendees can also bring their own snacks.

Seating for the event is available in the amphitheater chairs on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is also available on the grass behind the chairs. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on in the grass to ensure a nice view for all patrons.

Restrooms will be available in the bathhouse on Prime Meridian Plaza and at portable facilities at the Suwannee Street park entrance.

Discover Cascades Day

WHEN:
Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

WHO:
Park sponsors will be stationed throughout the park at amenities they helped support. Sponsors assisting with Discover Cascades Day include Capital Health Plan; City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs; City of Tallahassee Your Own Utilities; First Commerce Credit Union; Gulf Winds Track Club; John G. Riley House Museum; Mainline Information Systems; Woodmen of the World; and more.

WHERE:
Cascades Park, 1001 South Gadsden Street
Parking will be available in the Florida Department of Transportation parking lot and several State of Florida parking garages all day. For a map of parking locations, please view the parking map under Upcoming Events on DiscoverCascades.com. Attendees are discouraged from parking in the Myers Park neighborhood and along roadways.

DETAILS:
Come explore all that there is to see in Cascades Park! Custom-made passports will help you navigate and learn about the park. Passports can be picked up beginning at 10 a.m. at the information booth on Prime Meridian Plaza. Covering the continents of Play, Learn, Watch and Move, visitors who fill their passports will receive a free t-shirt, while supplies last.

During the day, park patrons will enjoy live entertainment in the amphitheater from a variety of performers, including Positive Generation Entertainment, 4th Ave Step Team, Deja Blue, Tallahassee Community College’s Dance Company, Mabuhay Youth Dance Company, Theater with a Mission and Tallahassee Community College’s Capital City Band.

There will be free children’s activities, guided tours, a health fair and more!

Food trucks will be on site with items available for purchase.


News Release: Blueprint 2000
Updated: March 5, 2014, 4pm

Bring the whole family out to discover Cascades Park at its grand opening on Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15. This two-day celebration, already being heralded as the "event of the year,” will introduce citizens to an amazing world class park with opportunities never before presented in our area.

To kick-off this fun-filled weekend, officials from Blueprint 2000, the City of Tallahassee and Leon County will officially open and dedicate the park on Friday morning at 10 with an event in the park’s state-of-the-art amphitheater. During the event, officials will announce the park’s first two paid concerts, which are scheduled for mid-April. Following the announcement, staff will conduct guided tours of the 24-acre park, including the interactive water fountain, recreated cascades waterfall, historic Smokey Hollow Commemoration and the Discovery children's play area.

Later on, the fun really begins with Family Fun Night. Beginning at 5 p.m., the night will feature kid-friendly entertainment, including a bodacious band, mesmerizing magician and bouncy balloon artist. At dusk, a cartoon movie will begin as smells of complimentary popcorn fill the air. Food trucks will be set up nearby if families would like to eat a meal with their popcorn.

On Saturday, the fun continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as visitors explore Cascades Park with their very own custom-made passports. Covering the continents of Play, Learn, Watch and Move, visitors will discover all there is to know about the park; and, they’ll receive a special prize once their passport is filled with stamps. Sponsors will also be on hand to showcase some of the park’s amenities. Also during this time, local acts will perform on the amphitheater stage performing both popular music and original works.

The public is invited to attend all of the opening weekend events. A variety of parking options will be made available.

During the festivities, be sure to use #DiscoverCascades when posting to your social media accounts. You can follow the events by liking Cascades Park at Facebook.com/DiscoverCascades and following @Cascades_Park on Twitter and Instagram.

To promote the grand opening events ahead of time, sign-up to be a part of the Cascades Park online flash mob; two lucky winners will be selected to receive FREE tickets to one of the first two concerts. To create this synchronized social shockwave, sign-up for the Cascades Park ThunderClap between now and 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 13. By signing up, ThunderClap, the first ever crowd-speaking platform, will automatically mass-share a post at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, the day before the park’s opening. The post will read, “Excited for #CascadesPark opening tomorrow! I can’t wait to #DiscoverCascades!” During the sign-up process, participants can dictate which of their social media accounts this post will be sent to. In addition, participants have the ability to modify the post, if necessary. After the online flash mob, two individuals will be randomly selected to win two FREE, general admission tickets to one of the first two concerts in Cascades Park.

Blueprint 2000 is an intergovernmental agency funded by a one cent sales tax and 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.

Once open, Cascades Park will serve as the newest social center for our community, enhancing the quality of life for everyone by offering one venue that brings together arts, entertainment, education, history and wellness. It is the perfect example of how the one-cent local option sales tax we pay in invested back into our community.

For the latest news on Cascades Park, please visit DiscoverCascades.com or Facebook.com/DiscoverCascades and follow @Cascades_Park on Twitter.


News Release: City of Tallahassee

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 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciwEu5ZPVtQ ) 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 ( http://discovercascades.com/ ), to include 360-degree images of some of the park’s completed attractions, including Meridian Plaza ( http://discovercascades.com/ptp2/meridian.html ), Imagination Fountain ( http://discovercascades.com/ptp2/imagination.html ), Boca Chuba Pond ( http://discovercascades.com/ptp2/bocachuba2.html ) 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 ( http://discovercascades.com/ ). You can also stay up-to-date with all things Cascades Park by viewing its YouTube Channel ( http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ8z-568oKESeYPNUJ07vhA?feature=watch ), liking its Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverCascades ) and following @Cascades_Park ( https://twitter.com/Cascades_Park ) on Twitter.


News Release: City of Tallahassee

Tallahassee, Fla. -- In a world where technology is king and green space is a valued commodity, one intergovernmental agency is daring to merge the past with the present and leave a legacy for future generations.

This Wednesday, February 12, citizens across the community will take to their electronic devices to watch an announcement years in the making. At 10 a.m., Blueprint 2000 will reveal the official opening date of Cascades Park live via streaming webcast.

The announcement will be broadcast on DiscoverCascades.com, Talgov.com and LeonCountyFL.gov. In addition, a number of local news media outlooks plan to carry the broadcast on their websites.

“Cascades Park is an ambitious and innovative project, and we couldn’t be more eager to tell everyone when it will open,” said Leon County Commission Chairman Kristin Dozier, Chair of the Intergovernmental Agency (IA). “By making the opening date announcement online, we hope many more people will get a chance to be aware of and discover the wonderful things that Cascades has to offer.”

Prior to the live announcement, the community may use Twitter to tweet questions to @Cascades_Park using the hash tag #CountdowntoCascades. These questions will be addressed and may even be read during the live event.

“Cascades Park is the signature project for Blueprint 2000; and, we want our virtual community announcement to meet that standard with boldness and creativity,” said Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox, IA Vice Chair. “Live streaming this announcement and engaging with our community in real time through Twitter is a great way to announce this cool park, but it is our government’s way of showing our constituents how much we value their input.”

Once complete, Cascades Park will serve as a social center for our 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.

Blueprint 2000 is an intergovernmental agency funded by a one cent sales tax and 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.


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