Cascades Park Prepares to Celebrate One Year

Photo by Jasmine Thomas

Photo by Jasmine Thomas
Cascades Park has been around for one year. The Celebration of the park will partake on March 14, 2015

Tallahassee's Cascades Park will celebrate its one year anniversary with a birthday party on March 14 and has impressed many people during its first year.

According to Cascades’ Special Events Coordinator, Charla Lucas, the birthday party will be similar to a kid's first birthday.

"We're going to play pin the tail on the donkey, twister, and musical chairs and all that kind of stuff. Then we'll all sing happy birthday, and then have cupcakes and then we’re gonna watch a movie," Lucas said.

Cascades provides events that everyone will enjoy. According to Lucas, the park has impacted the city positively and has exceeded its goals.

Over 25 events were held at the park in 2014 and they are planning on doubling the number for 2015.

The park is in the process of adding Edison Restaurant on park grounds, expected to open in July. Lucas said there "will be a restaurant and a brewery and they'll be a coffee shop and smoothies."

Tallahassee resident, Johnitta Wells, said she mostly visits the park to take her kids to the water show or to attend special events.

"Every time I go to the park I have a different experience. There are concerts like Charlie Wilson, to the former mayor's goodbye celebration," Wells said.

Wells mentioned that she did not expect the park to become as popular as it is, but is glad it did.

"Tallahassee has needed an outdoor entertainment venue and Cascades has become that beautiful venue. I'm excited to see how it has become so popular and I hope that it continues to strive and become a very true community venue," Wells said.

The nearly one- year- old park is just as popular among college students.

Shelita Thomas, a third-year occupations therapy student from Pompano Beach, Fla., likes that the park is for the entire Tallahassee community.

"What the park has to offer is not limited to one specific group. People can go to Cascades to park for fun or relaxation," Thomas said.

According to Lucas, the park has hundreds of visitors a day. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. is when most people come to walk.

Cascades Park is located at 1001 Gadsden St., in the heart of downtown Tallahassee. Upcoming events and information can be found at