Debbie Lightsey Nature Park Update

June 15, 2016 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

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For those who are following the conversation about the Blueprint project planned adjacent to our neighborhood, here is an update from Planning Manager Autumn Calder dated June 8, 2016.

Good morning,

We held the Blueprint Citizens Advisory  Committee (CAC) meeting last Thursday, and I’m pleased to report that they unanimously approved the attached concept plan for the Debbie Lightsey Nature Park.  In my presentation of the concept to the CAC, I mentioned that the Seminole Manor Neighborhood would like for us to include some type of children’s play area.  One of our CAC members, Gordon Hansen, suggested that we host a charrette that is specifically geared towards finding opportunities in the Park for engaging children. This could include a natural play area and/or many other possibilities.  I thought this was a great idea.  The participants could be the design team, Parks and Rec, Blueprint, and representatives from Seminole Manor.  I talked to Ashley Edwards, Director of Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs, earlier this week about the idea, and she is totally on board.  I think they are very supportive of engaging our youth in this Park.

The timing for this charrette is dependent on us securing the design team.  Up to this point, we have been benefiting from the volunteer services from the Tallahassee Section of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  As you know, we have money committed to the design, so when we get approval from the Intergovernmental Agency of the concept we can begin to solicit design proposals.  Once we secure the design team, we’ll work with everyone’s schedule to set up the charrette.  If everything keeps moving forward, I hope that we will be able to hold the charrette sometime this fall.

Also, If you are interested, the Intergovernmental Agency meeting is scheduled for June 20 from 3:00 to 5:00 in the Tallahassee City Commission Chamber in City Hall.  They will be reviewing the park concept in this meeting.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you for your continued involvement in this park development.

Autumn Calder, AICP

Planning Manager
Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency




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