Decades in the making, Cascades Park celebrated its grand opening this month across from the Florida Department of Transportation Central Office and downtown from the Capitol Building. The recreational park spans 26 acres of hills and water, serving as a retention pond for the area while providing various amenities to the public. Covered picnic tables, benches, bridges, and sidewalks surround the central stream, attracting joggers, families, and dog walkers from across Leon County. The landscape is filled with fountains and waterfalls in addition to a variety of native plants and river rocks.
Over 1,000 people attended the grand opening, listening to community leaders speak and Rickards High School marching band play from within the new amphitheater. The park is a Nationally Registered Historic Place for its influence of the capitol city’s location, and it pays tribute to both the historic Smokey Hollow African-American community and those Floridians lost during the Korean War.
Florida Department of Transportation parking is available to the public to visit the park after work hours and on weekends.