Cascades Park Progressing

By  | 

Tallahassee's Cascades Park is the birthplace of Florida's Capital City, and legend has it it was the cascade waterfall that attracted some of the earliest settlers. The park was condemned for years after contamination was discovered on the sight from the old coal plant that once stood on the park.

Jeanette Curtis, an environmental administrator with the City of Tallahassee, has been working on the site since the cleanup began in November.

She said, "Through the years they've had Centennial Field, they've done baseball games, the football games a lot of history, a lot of wonderful history for a lot of folks."

Robert Harrison once played on Centennial Field. He said, "We played cub league ball at the school, but we played football over here at Centennial Field."

Five years ago he moved back to the Myers Park community, just down the road from where he used to play.

“I think it's great, I love the history, and it's downtown."

The cleanup is coming with a more than $7 million price tag. The state is picking up more than half the tab. So far, the contaminated dirt has been trucked out and a storm water facility is near completion. Sight managers say the first test came with Wednesday's downpours, and add so far, so good.

Blueprint 2000 planners envision trails, a natural amphitheater seating thousands, and the main attraction, a rebirth of sorts, a cascading waterfall.

The City and County Intergovernmental Agency will decide on Monday whether to approve the plan. If all goes as planned, Blueprint 2000's Gary Phillips says the park could open by late 2009 or early 2010.