The Leon County Commission voted to approve a plan to weatherize the amphitheater stage at Cascades Park and to mitigate the sound level to ease adjacent neighborhood concerns. The improvements would be funded with a portion of the money received from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement.
The Board has allocated $586,692 for the weatherization project, with the improvements estimated at $390,000. The remaining, an estimated $190,000, would be reallocated towards the County’s strategic initiative for placing solar on County buildings.
The commission may alternatively vote to reallocate the balance for the amphitheater project to a budget discussion item for implementation of the strategic initiative for solar on County facilities.
Cascades Park and the amphitheater are owned and operated by the City of Tallahassee, which has final approval on any improvements to these properties. The weatherization initiative was initially approved by the Board in early 2016; however, other projects, now off the table, impeded moving forward with the project.
The weatherization modifications would shield the stage and performance areas from rain and water but would not provide protected seating for attendees. The proposed design plan maintains the view from the park to the State Capitol.