Orange/Meridian Placemaking

Current Status: 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.  See the Phase 1 Community Engagement Report on community engagement from the initial outreach. Phase 1 Community Engagement Report

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.

Survey Responses: The survey responses and comments from residents are included in the Community Survey Responses report. Community Survey Responses Report

 

The design team is using the results to create a park that includes a paved path around the existing pond, picnic pavilions, a children’s play area, exercise equipment and other features, where physically and financially possible.

Next Steps: The design team will present a concept for the park and multi-use path to the IA Board at their July meeting that is based on resident input. Community Engagement in late July will present IA Board-approved concept and allow for community comments.

The Final Design will be presented to the IA Board at their September 23, 2021 meeting, followed by a presentation of the Final Design to the community

Construction could start in early 2022 and will take approximately 18 months to complete.

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Blueprint Project Manager: Junious Brown

Consultant Team: Halff

Project Snapshot – Orange-Meridian Placemaking

Current Stormwater Pond
East Drainage Ditch, looking west toward Monroe Street
Project Location Map