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Update: City of Tallahassee – Two New Parks
The City’s award-winning parks system is poised for growth following approval in April by the City Commission for the development of two new parks, one in the northwest and one in the southeast areas of the community.
As the City moves forward with the development of these new parks, we wanted to provide you with a progress update for each project.
The southeast park will be built on a 43-acre parcel bordered by Tram Road, School House Road and Four Oaks Blvd. The property is currently planted with pine trees intended for a timber harvest. To prepare the site for the park, the timber harvest could begin as early as the second or third week of September.
This tract of land was cleared of its native forest by the previous owner and planted with Sand Pine for harvesting. Once the harvesting is complete, a diverse mix of more valuable, healthy trees and plantings will complement the park amenities and provide valuable shade and quintessential Tallahassee beauty.
Since City Commission approval in April, City staff have been working on developing a conceptual site plan for the park, based on initial feedback from the community. The conceptual site plan for the park includes a mix of active and passive recreation areas.
To share the conceptual site plan with residents, the City recently hosted a listening session and met with the CDD to gather additional input. To view the conceptual site plan and provide feedback, visit Talgov.com/SoutheastPark.
Based on the feedback collected, the City will make updates to the conceptual site plan with the goal of sharing the final site plan with residents this fall.
City Commission approval in April marked a pivotal moment for the development of the northwest park. The 78-acre parcel, which sits near the corner of Mission and Fred George roads, was acquired in 1995. As part of the property acquisition, the prior owner specifically requested that the land be used for a future park, and it has been earmarked for that use ever since.
Prior to a site plan being developed, City staff has been meeting with residents to collect input and ideas about the type of amenities the new park could offer. Staff with the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs department have attended meetings hosted by the Parkside/Park Terrace, Forest Heights/Holly Hills and Westover neighborhood associations and others. Efforts to connect with residents and gather input continue. Those who are interested in submitting their comments about the new park are encouraged to do so by visiting Talgov.com/NorthwestPark or calling 891-3866.
In line with the Commission’s focus on ensuring a high quality of life for everyone, the City operates and maintains 3,455 acres of well-managed parkland ranging from neighborhood playgrounds to nature preserves to regional parks. These two new parks will help meet the growing demand for active recreational facilities and greenspace in the community.
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