CCT Segment 3 Amenities

Project Descriptions

The History & Culture Trail project will honor adjacent resilient neighborhoods, civil-rights advocates and economic engines of the communities located along FAMU Way. It will highlight the culture of these communities and their stories through artistic cultural and historical interpretations. The project will provide an interactive, immersive outdoor museum experience to residents and tourists alike that recognizes and celebrates the historical contributions and cultural impact of these communities. Interpretive history kiosks will display images, photographs and historic information about the neighborhoods, businesses and people living and working in the area. Through a partnership with the Council on Culture and Art (COCA), artistic installations are planned to complement the interpretive kiosks.

The project includes six key thematic areas, or subject areas for recognition, along the trail:

  • Theme 1: Allen Subdivision
  • Theme 2: FAMU History & Civil Rights
    (includes honoring Dr. Charles U. Smith)
  • Theme 3: Villa Mitchell and Economic Engines
  • Theme 4: Boynton Still & Economic Engines
  • Theme 5: Railroad Depot
  • Theme 6: Elberta Crate

The project will:

  • Share and celebrate the rich history and culture of the neighborhoods, businesses, and people living in the areas surrounding the Capital Cascades Trail and FAMU Way Extension projects.
  • Highlight the history of the Tallahassee African‐American community who has historically called the Project area home, as well as the significant history of FAMU and the local civil rights movement.
  • Improve civic engagement, enhance civil discourse, and encourage thoughtful and meaningful dialogue among people regarding the story of the surrounding communities.
  • Enhance the tolerance, diversity, and understanding of our communal history.
  • Add cultural value by communicating Tallahassee’s unique identity, social value by engaging opportunities for interaction and self‐reflection.

Link to Interpretive Outline (as presented to the IA Board on 4/8/2021): Click Here to Download

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.

Project Manager: Junious Brown

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.

Project Manager: Junious Brown

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.

Project Manager: Tatiana Daguillard


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:
The FAMU Way Skateable Art Project will develop a world class skate park that embraces artistic elements to provide an optimal riding experience for park users and also provides a visually stimulating space for spectators. It includes a larger than life center piece, a rattlesnake that pays homage to the FAMU Rattlers.  The  snake run feature stretches roughly 225 feet, making it the longest snake run in Florida. The design concept includes:

  • Elements that mimic real “street skating.” Curved bank/ledge elements featuring various textured stamping with curved pieces and an A-frame with a ledge, with a rail and hip in between.
  • Low wedge-to-wedge box with ledge and rail, pole-jam rail, round three-stair obstacle, wedge hip with ledges, and a bank-to-jersey barrier.
  • Additional features that fit between these main pieces may be included. The goal is to create an engaging course with minimal clutter.

Community Meeting  #1:
The first community meeting was held November 18, 2020.

Autumn Calder, Director of Blueprint, gave an introduction and explained the history of the project and plans for the area, including Coal Chute Pond. Located at the intersection of FAMU Way and Pinellas Street, the Skateable Art maximizes the creative opportunity of the skateable features to function as iconic and landmark public art, with a focus on movement and visual flow.  Team Pain gave a brief introduction and information about the company’s history. Tim Payne, let the public know, this his team is committed to delivering an artistic, fun, and challenging experience.

After familiarizing attendees with the capabilities of Team Pain Skate Parks along with the restrictions and guidelines of the site, the first conceptualized design was shown in great detail. Meeting attendees were virtually shown  the entire site and given the specific reasons for the shape of the park’s design.  Team Pain is known for utilizing space and making the experience memorable.  Tim Payne gave a detailed and thorough presentation then took input, and questions from the community.  Team Pain also prepared a questionnaire/survey and the link was provide after the meeting. . The dialogue between Team Pain, Blueprint staff, and meeting attendees was captured and is in the project record.  The questionnaire results helped the Team Pain with the final design of the skateable art park.

Community Meeting #2:
The second community meeting was held January 20, 2021. Click here to watch the recording of the Capital Cascades Trail Skateable Art Community Engagement Meeting

Project Manager: Sue Tanski

skateable art park rendering