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Southside residents weigh in on designs for new Orange-Meridian Park

Posted at 11:08 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 23:08:53-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — On Friday, people in South Tallahassee told city and county leaders what they want in it in a new park.

The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency can spend $3.5 million to build Orange-Meridian Park.

It's located at the corner of Orange Avenue and South Meridian Street, near FAMU off South Monroe Street.

Neighbors in the area saw drafts of what the park could look like.

Depending on what neighbors want, it could include exercise equipment, a children's play area and pavilions.

Project Manager Junious Brown said his team saw areas that could be improved, but giving what the community wants is their main goal.

"We are actually out here to engage the community share some of the improvements that's anticipated with these proposed projects and also learn from the community as to what they would like to see reflected," said Brown.

Stormwater facilities surrounding the land will be improved.

The east drainage ditch will also be enclosed to create a pedestrian walkway.

Blueprint says designs will be completed by the end of the year.

Construction is slated to start at the beginning of 2022.