Segment 3 of Capital Cascades Trail often is referred to as the FAMU Way Corridor. It creates a new east-west roadway from South Monroe Street to Lake Bradford Road, a distance of approximately 1.5 miles. The corridor also provides increased connectivity to the burgeoning Gaines Street and CollegeTown districts, creating a link between FAMU and Florida State University.
Skateable Art: A signature skate facility will enhance the local community, compliment the surrounding-area landscape and serve as a landmark symbolizing creativity and innovation in Tallahassee.
History and Culture Trail: The project will honor adjacent resilient neighborhoods, civil-rights advocates and economic engines. It will highlight the culture of these communities and their stories through artistic cultural and historical interpretations.
Interpretive history kiosks will display images, photographs and historic information about the neighborhoods, businesses and people living and working in the area surrounding the Capital Cascades Trail Segment 3 and FAMU Way projects. Through a partnership with the Council on Culture and Art (COCA), artistic installations are planned to complement the educational kiosks.
Coal Chute Pond Amenities: Improvements will include a multi-use trail around the perimeter of the pond, lighting, seating, landscaping and irrigation, a drinking fountain and a pond fountain. Blueprint also has partnered with Knight Creative Communities Institute’s (KCCI) Red Hills Rhythm Project to bring musical-play features to this new community space. There also will be an informal performance space with entrance to Railroad Square.
Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2020 with completion anticipated in the summer of 2020.
Restroom Facility at FAMU Way Playground: The new restroom facility will feature two family restroom stalls near the existing playground and Railroad Square, on the north side of FAMU Way.
St. Marks Trailhead: Located at the Regional Stormwater Facility, the Trailhead will connect Cascades Trail and St. Marks Historic Rail Trail and will feature on-site parking spaces. The design will feature an open, well-lit trailhead including amenities such as a water-bottle filling station, bike-repair station and drinking fountain.
Community Gathering Space at the Regional Stormwater Facility (RSF): This new public space will overlook the Regional Stormwater Facility. The design team is developing concepts for an expanded community gathering space to be included near the RSF for public input and consideration.Read More
The project is separated into four phases and Phase I construction began in April 2014. Along with constructing the Trail, Phase 1 consisted of installing underground stormwater system and reconstructing the existing roadway beginning at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, extending FAMU Way west to Pinellas Street. Trail features include wide sidewalks, a multiuse trail, beautiful lighting, lush landscaping, benches, waste receptacles and drinking fountains. Phase I was completed in June 2016.
The second phase extended similar roadway construction from Pinellas Street to Gamble Street and was completed in 2017. Trail features on this segment include a playground, misting station, market area, and bicycle-repair station along with sidewalks, a multi-use trail, lighting, landscaping, benches and drinking fountains.
The third phase of construction, which will extend FAMU Way from Gamble Street to Lake Bradford Road, is projected to be completed by 2021.