Cascades Park Residents Sound Off On Sound Test

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Jim Kohler is a Tallahassee resident who lives near Cascades Park.

He joined dozens of others at a city/county blueprint 2000 meeting Monday night. They're upset about the results of a recent sound test.

"I've lived in the neighborhood since I was 15 years old and I'm very concerned about what was once a quiet neighborhood becoming anything but that," Kohler said.

"What I would hope is that all the commissioners, only a few of which were present during the sound test, be exposed to 85 or 90 decibels or 95 decibels for a long period of time and imagine that was in their neighborhoods that are not affected by this."

Commissioners hope to come up with a plan for people worried about the sound Cascades Park will cause. They ended up agreeing to a work group for all parties to work together.

"There's been a lot of public involvement from day one of this park, being conceptualized all the way to the design," said Wayne Tedder with the city of Tallahassee.

The original plan was for the park to open up in sections as some parts of it are complete. But, at the meeting, some commissioners asked for it to open as a whole, which could delay the launch until march or later.

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