This project will create a new park and improve stormwater facilities in the area surrounding the future StarMetro Transit Center at the intersection of South Meridian Street and Orange Avenue West. The project will enclose the East Drainage Ditch and create an improved pedestrian path between South Monroe Street and Meridian Street, which will promote safety and connectivity. The project also includes contributing $1 million to the development of a planned StarMetro Transit Center and beautifying the stormwater pond located at Orange Avenue and Meridian Street to create a community-gathering place.
Current Status: Design work for the park and the new path over the drainage ditch 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 online. The 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.
Survey Results: The results from the survey and associated comments and ideas are being tabulated and will be shared on this website in the coming days. The design team will use the results to create a park that includes a paved path around the existing pond, picnic pavilions, a children’s play area, and exercise equipment. Responses from the surveys will impact not only those concepts but also additional concepts as noted by residents, that are physically and financially possible.
Next Steps: The design team will present a recommended design for the park and multiuse path based on resident input, with plans to share the project design with the community in late spring/early summer. A second series of neighborhood and community meetings are planned to share the design and hear feedback. The design work will be completed by the end of 2021. Construction is anticipated to start in early 2022 and take approximately 18 months to complete.
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