Debbie Lightsey Nature Park Information

Conceptual Layout

Video Presentation


You have questions, We have answers.

Is there an entrance fee to use the park?

No. The park is open to the public free of charge.

What is a passive park?

A passive park focuses on preservation of natural habitat in environmentally sensitive areas and has minimal development impacts. Passive recreation activities include things like walking, jogging, biking, picnicking, bird watching, and nature photography.

What are the hours of the Debbie Lightsey Nature Park?

Dawn to Dusk.

Will someone in a wheelchair be able to access the boardwalks?

Yes. All boardwalks and multi-use paths will be ADA accessible.

Who is Debbie Lightsey?

Former City Commissioner Debbie Lightsey, the longest-serving commissioner in City history, served from 1989 until she retired in 2010. The commission unanimously voted to name the site after her in 2012 to recognize her service to the community and dedication to protecting the local environment.

This is the first time I’ve heard about this project. Has there been any other meetings?

Yes, multiple stakeholder meetings and one public meeting were held in 2016. In 2017, the Intergovernmental Agency Board of Directors (the City and County Commissions sitting as one body) directed staff to proceed with the project.

Can you swim at the park?

Swimming is prohibited at the park.

Is the park pet friendly?

Pets are allowed at the park and must properly restrained on a leash in accordance city ordinances.

Will the trails connect to other trails in the area?

In the current conceptual plan, each project area will be connected by the future multiuse path that is included in the Capital Circle widening project.

Can I access the Park from my neighborhood or do I have to go to a trailhead? [Seminole Manor, Cypress Cove, Lake Bradford]

In the current conceptual plan, some neighborhoods that are adjacent to Debbie Lightsey Nature Park, such as Seminole Manor, will have a pedestrian connection.

How is the construction of the Park funded?

The project is funded by the one-cent sales tax.

Who will maintain the Park and Trails after construction?

City of Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Department

Where can I find out about area trails?

Have more questions? Email contact Junious Brown and Susan Emmanuel.