Capital Cascades Trail Segment 3 is a linear park, alongside the newly constructed FAMU Way, stretching from Adams Street to Gamble Street just east of Lake Bradford Road. The multi-use trail provides access for pedestrians and cyclists to the FAMU campus, Railroad Square Art Park and Gaines Street businesses.
This trail project has transformed the open stormwater ditch into a beautiful greenway. Box culverts replaced the ditch and a five acre stormwater pond was added. The pond is a focal point and gathering spot along the trail. It features terraced seating along the eastern side, lush landscaping and LED lights along the wall perimeter, which is programmed with a variety of entertaining shows. A new, dynamic gathering space at the “Under the Over” transformed the unused area under the Duval Street/Bronough Street overpasses into a space the community can use for years to come. There are electrical and water outlets to accommodate food vendors, musicians, etc. and open areas paved with concrete to accommodate outdoor movies, festivals, almost any activity the community could imagine. The City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs is programming this area and can be reached at 850-891-3866.
This segment continues the Capital Cascades Trail system, which is an important attraction to residents and visitors alike. There is abundant vegetation, seating, lighting and additional amenities, similar to those found on the Franklin Boulevard segment, which was completed in 2013 and the Cascades Park segment which was completed in 2014.
In spring 2016, Segment 3 will connect to Cascades Park via the Capital Cascades Crossing Trail and Pedestrian Bridge, which is currently under construction. The final result will be a trail that extends continuously from Leon High School to FAMU and Railroad Square, then to points south, to connect to the St. Marks Trail system – which begins at Gamble Street and terminates in the City of St. Marks.