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Work continues on "Cascades Park" project

Cascades Park
Posted at 6:00 AM, Jan 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-14 12:14:30-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Working is nearing completion on the new Cascades Park in downtown Tallahassee.

The $30+ million project is transforming a 25 acre area in the shadow of the Florida Capitol.

This week the group behind the project, BluePrint 2000, posted their latest video (below) with an update on the progress of construction.

The project includes a number of recreational amenities, including walking and jogging trails, a number of ponds, two bridges and an amphitheater which will have 1,500 capacity permanent stadium seating and a grass area that can accommodate another 2,500 people. The park is also expected to feature a full service restaurant.

As the latest video shows, Cascades Park will also feature a water fountain attraction. It will be open for kids to splash through during the day and at night the fountains will transform into a water color show synched to music.  

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Project Manager Gary Phillips told WTXL ABC27 previously that the park will not only transform downtown Tallahassee, but will draw in residents and visitors alike, making the park a recreational destination.

"At the end of the day, people either stay here or they come back here," Phillips said.

The total cost of the project is forecasted to be between $25 million and $30 million, paid for by a one-cent sales tax. Construction was set to have been completed last Fall, but was pushed back after a sinkhole was discovered beneath the park.

While no official opening date has been set, Cascades Park is expected to be open sometime in the Spring of 2014.