The Capital Cascades Trail Crossing and Pedestrian Bridge provide connection between Cascades Park and Capital Cascades Trail to the west. This segment of Cascades Trail begins at South Gadsden Street, crosses over South Monroe Street and ends at Adams Street.
Designed by FIGG, a renowned international bridge-design firm in Tallahassee, the modern concrete bridge with organic shaping is based on a theme of canopies and incorporates an eco-friendly design. The bridge deck creates a slender, uniform ribbon from end to end. It is supported by a series of circular columns, positioned at angles, that also support canopies made of solar fabric. The canopies capture the sun’s energy and provide shade for bridge users. The unique design provides a modern interpretation of a tree canopy and celebrates Tallahassee’s renowned canopy roads and the tree-shaded sections of Capital Cascades Trail
The bridge features dramatic, color-changing LED lights that reflect off the canopies. The adjustable, nighttime lighting features local-university colors on game days and seasonal colors throughout the year.
The sustainable concrete features a self-cleaning nanotechnology that removes pollution from the air. The bridge abutments and retaining walls were formed and painted to resemble the historic limestone walls in Cascades Park, allowing the bridge and trail to blend harmoniously into the nearby park landscape.