Cascades Park

It's just a matter of days before the state gives Cascades Park back to the City of Tallahassee. This week the state will sign the paperwork and city employees say they can't wait to start restoring what was once the center point of Tallahassee.

Jim English, City of Tallahassee attorney, says, "We are very excited. Lots of great things are going on. The transfer will occur in couple of days with an official transfer of the deed."

There are big plans for Cascades Park and it's returned to the City of Tallahassee.

Mark Mustian of the City of Tallahassee Commission says, "We're having a little tour of Cascades Park, particularly the old buildings. We're here to get a feeling for what kind of shape they're in and what they might possibly be used for."

As city commissioners, the mayor, city staff and Secretary of State Glenda Hood looked at the old buildings Monday morning they not only saw Tallahassee's history, but Tallahassee's future

"It's important for any community to recognize their history and heritage, certainly with many of the things we've been able to put in place we're trying to highlight the downtown assets," says Glenda.

The focus of the tour, two abandoned buildings.

"There's an old incinerator building and an old electric building. Part of my issue is if we redo Cascades Park, it's not going to be that nice if we have these boarded up buildings right next to it," says Mustian.

The two structures once belonged to the city but were left behind when contamination was found in the ground of Cascades Park in the late 1980's. Now, both the state and city want to see some changes in Cascades Park, a possible restoration to what it once was.

“I think it's a great time in our history. We need to bring about those visions people have had for a very long time," Glenda adds.

Some ideas for the buildings would be to turn them into a bike shop, a meeting space, or even a brewery, but those plans are preliminary and there's a chance the buildings could be torn down.

The park consists of about 12 acres. The entire cleanup is estimated to cost $5.2 million with the city paying about 85 percent of the tab and the state picking up the rest.