On Thursday, February 28th, the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Board is expected to authorize Blueprint staff to proceed with the procurement of planning and design services for the Lake Jackson and Lake Jackson South Greenways project.
Once completed, the project will create a 3.3 mile connection from Lake Jackson Mounds State Park to Lake Ella at Fred O. Drake Park in Midtown Tallahassee.
Approximately $900,000 in funds is necessary to proceed with the requested procurement activities and is currently available in the 2020 Sales Tax Project Planning fund.
At the April 1, 2015 meeting, the Board directed staff to advance fund, at a rate of $300,000 per year for three years, the planning and design of the 2020 Bike Route System and Greenways Master Plan projects.
At the February 21, 2017 Board meeting, Blueprint presented a list of five bike route and greenways projects and recommended those projects be advanced for planning and design to implement the “shovel ready” strategy.
These five projects are listed below:
• Project #1: Updated Leon County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
• Project #2: Capital Circle Southwest Greenway (including Debbie Lightsey Nature Park)
• Project #3: Lake Jackson Greenways
• Project #4: Thomasville Road Trail
• Project #5: University Greenway
On November 4, 2014, voters overwhelmingly supported the extension of the Blueprint 2000 penny sales tax.
The ballot language for the tax described how the funds raised will improve and expand local roads, build new sidewalks to local schools, commercial areas and recreational amenities, expand green spaces, parks and create and promote jobs in our community.
The Board of County Commissioners and the City Commission constitute the Board of Directors for the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency.