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New park planned for corner of Orange Ave, Meridian St.

New park planned for corner of Orange Ave, Meridian St.
Posted at 4:32 PM, Feb 12, 2021

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Leon County-City of Tallahassee intergovernmental agency Blueprint announced Friday that there will be a new neighborhood park on the corner of Orange Ave and Meridian St.

The 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, according to the project's website.

As a part of the project, there will be a $1 million contribution to the development of the new transit center as well.

The project will enclose the East Drainage Ditch and create an improved pedestrian path between South Monroe Street and Meridian Street.

Blueprint also said that these improvements will promote safety and connectivity.

Design work for the park and new path over the drainage ditch began in January, with meetings and opportunities for residents to have input are planned for February and March.

Initial designs will be shared with residents in Spring 2021, with all design work being finished by the end of the year, Blueprint said.

The launch event for the planned park will be on Feb. 19, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the lawn at the Greater Love Church of God in Christ at 524 E. Orange Avenue.

The event will ask for feedback and also provide free BBQ to the first 100 people who complete the survey to take home.

Construction is anticipated to start in early 2022 and take about 18 months to complete.

Blueprint asks residents of Apalachee Ridge Estates, South City, or other nearby housing and apartment areas, or those who simply care about the success of this community, to take a survey about the planned park.

The survey can be found by clicking here.