Blueprint Asks for Public Input on Debbie Lightsey Nature Park

Blueprint Asks for Public Input on Debbie Lightsey Nature Park

The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency has asked the public for input on the design of the Debbie Lightsey Nature Park.

From June 21 to June 27, Blueprint’s website will host virtual engagement activities for the public to learn about the Southwest Greenways and Debbie Lightsey Nature Park project and provide feedback. Activities include a live chat with the project team and a virtual aerial tour of the site.

The website also includes a public input survey that will be available until June 27. According to the press release, the design team will consider public comments during the project’s design phase, which will end in early 2021.

The site of the park was previously known as the “Delta Industrial Site” in southwest Tallahassee. Blueprint purchased the parcel in 2006, and plans for the Debbie Lightsey Nature Park began in 2016. In 2017, the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Board of Directors approved using 2020 sales tax revenue to fund the project.

The park is named after former City Commissioner Debbie Lightsey, who served from 1989 to 2010. The 133-acre park will include trails and overlooks for recreation that does not harm the natural environment. The project will also include the construction of 6.5 miles of greenways.

Construction is slated to begin following the completion of the design phase in 2021.

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