Cascades Park, Tallahassee

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Cascades Park is a 24-acre (97,000 m2) park along the stream known as the St. Augustine Branch in Tallahassee, Florida, south of the Florida State Capitol. It is a Nationally Registered Historic Place because it influenced the territorial government's choice of the capital city's location. It also contains Florida's Prime meridian marker monument which is the foundation point for most land mapping throughout Florida.
The park as conceived in 1971 had a stream and shallow waterfalls but it closed because of soil contamination and toxic waste left buried by the gasification plant that once occupied the site. It was cleaned up with Department of Environmental Protection funding in 2006 and construction on the new park was initiated in 2010 using money from the penny sales tax. The newly designed Cascades Park opened in 2014. Features of the new park include the Capital City Amphitheater, a fountain with light, music, splash pads, and ponds, and boulder climbing, beachscape and outdoor classroom area known as Discovery at Cascade Park that was privately funded.
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  • About 25 acres built over a reclaimed, former landfill. Beautiful pedestrian bridge linking the park trails to the running/walking paved trail. The old waterworks/utility building on site is now a...  more »
  • Park was very clean. Many people out walking, some lying on blankets in the grass or tossing a frisbee. Fountains, small playground and amphitheater for summer movies and concerts. This is a gem...  more »
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  • Great park, awesome workout trails for the runners. Beautiful waterfall with pond full of wildlife. Great relaxing atmosphere if you're looking for just a stroll in the park. There are also scooters that can be rented and ridden around the parks grounds. Definitely recommend.
  • Excellent strolling place! Runners will like the broad, winding sidewalks too. Perfect for Pokemon Go and Wizards Unite players (lots of inns and Foundables) even a Fortress. Kid friendly with a playground and water features. Lots of colorful illumination in the park for nighttime visitors.

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