Insider’s Tour of Florida’s Capital

APA Florida, Capital Area Section


Wednesday, February 4, 2015
2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST

Tallahassee, FL, United States

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The educational objective for the training is to show practitioners how a particular community has developed over time, noting an importance for bicycling and walking. The newly developed Cascades Park is designed to prevent flooding as well as to provide open space that is needed to enhance a community. The description of the mobile workshop is provided below: Participants in this mobile tour will visit planning destinations that have formed the Capital city’s past and are shaping its future. The mobile tour will include a briefing on The Grove, which is in the final stages of a complete historic rehabilitation. The property known as The Grove was originally purchased by Richard Keith Call, the third and fifth governor of the Florida territory, and was home as well to Governor Leroy Collins and his family. The rehabilitation of the property and magnificent antebellum home will provide a museum and space for events that evoke the legacy of two of Florida’s greatest leaders and their families. The tour will stop at the place that led to the founding of Tallahassee as the capital of Florida, Cascades Park. Here, we will take a short walk and learn about the historic stormwater facility that doubles as a unique 24-acre urban park. Cascades Park, completed in 2014, offers a variety of outdoor amenities, including a state-of-the-art amphitheater, interactive water fountain, children's play area, the Florida’s Prime Meridian Marker, and miles of multi-use trails. Finally, we will tour the newly completed Gaines Street. Gaines Street was the first street paved upon developing Tallahassee as the Capital, in no small part because it was the link that would take legislators from the train station to the historic Capitol. Today the street is a destination district in the heart of Tallahassee, a connection between the two universities close to downtown. Newly opened and still evolving, the new Gaines Street is a pedestrian friendly street and a destination district that is a blend of commercial, residential and cultural uses. Revitalization efforts are paying off for the community. More than $128 million dollars in new development has taken place on Gaines Street since the start of the project, and that figure continues to increase. Light refreshments will be provided. While most of the tour is by coach, there is some walking, so comfortable shoes are recommended.