Ideas To Enhance Lake Ella Experience [READ STUDY RESULTS]

By: Lanetra Bennett; Garin Flowers Email
By: Lanetra Bennett; Garin Flowers Email

By: Lanetra Bennett
May 28, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - For many, it's hard to find something that they don't like about Lake Ella in Tallahassee.

But, a group from the Knight Creative Communities Institute wanted to ask users how they felt about it anyway.

The group, "ELLAvate" did a series of surveys to ask what people liked, disliked, and what could be improved at Lake Ella.

The final results show that heavy users of the park like the park's location, fountains, and atmosphere the most.

Vagrants, the crowds, and traffic are among the things they like least about Lake Ella.

Tallahassee resident Ken Henley says he loves just about everything about Lake Ella. He says, "My wife suggested maybe at holiday time, having a few more lights lit up maybe. in the evening for jogger, if there might be a little more lights to it. But, other than that, with the benches and the relaxation, and the people that just enjoy the lake here, it's very pleasing."

The survey shows that people feel safe at Lake Ella during the day, but, not at night.

Team ELLAvate proposes that the city replace the existing lights at the park with gas lighting.

Click on the attachment to see the full details of the final survey results.


Tallahassee, FL - The final results of the Lake Ella study and survey have been completed.

The ELLAvate Team has also documented changes they'd like to see for the Lake.

WCTV will bring you more information tonight on Eyewitness News.


By: Garin Flowers
April 10, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - If you thought the Lake Ella experience couldn't get any better, the city is hoping to bring a little more excitement to it.

The Knight Creative Communities Institute presented to one of the committees for the city proposing ways they could help bring more people and families to Lake Ella.

At Wednesday's city commission meeting, Commissioner Andrew Gillum followed up with a report on possible ways to enhance people's visit to the park.

He said people already go there to work out or enjoy the scenery, but could soon see food trucks and fun games like toy motor boat races.

He hopes this will lead to more people enjoying the area.

"The beauty of Lake Ella already is that it's such a jewel in our community and I think what it'll do is bring more people out into the area, you'll have a lot more fun," Gillum said.

Gillum says food trucks can be seen at Lake Ella as soon as the first week of May.

Staffers with the city are working on other activities for the park.


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