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City offering Cascades Park preview this weekend

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Engineers continue work on Tallahassee's Cascades Park

A development company in Tallahassee is converting a storm-water facility into a public park in the heart of Downtown Tallahassee. Ryan Benk reports the project has been in the works for about fifteen years.

Blueprint 2000 is announcing plans to preview its Cascades Park project to the public. The park will serve as both a storm water facility, to capture and reroute water, and a community park. Once finished, the park will cover about twenty-five acres of land and will include an amphitheater, nature trails, and a water park for children.

Project Manager Gary Phillips says the project was a collaboration between private donors and local government.

“The majority of the improvements have come from the one cent sales tax, the storm water improvement and the pond excavation and all that. The amenities really have been funded through donations and grants.”

Blueprint 2000 will be conducting a free public tour of the park from 9 in the morning to noon on Saturday. The park is expected to be open by the end of this summer.