Current Status: Technical analysis along with feedback from residents collected earlier this year has resulted in a draft final park concept for the Orange Avenue Community Park and it is ready to share with the community. Please stop by Saturday, September 18, any time from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the temporary park on Orange Avenue and Meridian Street. The project team will be there to share drawings of the proposed park, which includes a children’s playground, exercise equipment, a walking path around the stormwater pond, picnic pavilions, a grass courtyard, parking, and food truck area. There will be free snow cones at the event from the SneauxBall Catering truck to provide a treat for adults and kids of all ages.
The second aspect of this placemaking project involves the East Drainage Ditch improvements, located between Meridian and Monroe Streets near the Town South Shopping Center. This work is in the concept/solution development phase. Because the draft final park concept is ready to unveil, that element of the project is proceeding while the work on solutions for the drainage ditch continues to evolve.
Project History and Community Engagement:
Design work for the park and the new multi-use path began in January 2021. Throughout February and March, meetings with neighborhood groups and opportunities for residents to share their ideas for the park were held both in-person and virtually. Project team members attended the Walker-Ford Farmers’ Market, hosted a Community Conversation and BBQ, and partnered with the Tallahassee Peacemakers Initiative and the South City Foundation in a Pop-Up Pancake Breakfast.
Participants at events and online were encouraged to complete a survey to share their preferences for the new park regarding recreational, cultural, and environmental aspects, and to share their overall ideas. A total of 284 individuals completed the survey, including 124 people who indicated they live within a mile of the park. The strong representation by nearby residents is important as this is envisioned as a neighborhood park.
In September 2021, the draft final park concept for the Orange Avenue Community Park will be shared with neighborhood groups and the public prior to submitting to the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Board (IA Board) at their September 27th meeting. If the IA Board approves the proposed park concept and authorizes proceeding with construction services, the complete design and permitting will be finished in early 2022, with construction expected to begin in summer of 2022. Construction is expected to take 18 months.
It is anticipated that the final draft concept for the East Drainage Ditch will be presented to the IA Board in early 2022, with construction to begin in late 2022 or early 2023.
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Blueprint Project Manager: Junious Brown