A skate park is one of the many new projects coming to the Capital Cascades Trail. The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Board of Directors (IA Board) approved the design plan for a skateable art project at its meeting on Thursday.
The Capital Cascades Trail is a multi-use paved trail that totals over four miles across downtown Tallahassee, including Franklin Boulevard, Cascades Park and the FAMU Way Corridor. The skateable art will be located near the intersection of FAMU Way and Pinellas Street in segment three of the trail.
“To reflect on back how much of a nuisance skateboarding has been seen in past decades and to bring it forward and say, no, this is something that we’re going to celebrate; it’s a good part of our community — that is significant,” Commissioner Kristin Dozier said.
Last year, the IA Board awarded the skateable art project to Team Pain, a Florida-based skate park design and construction company. A $1,091,800 contract was executed in August 2020.
Team Pain has designed and constructed 33 custom municipal skate parks in the state. The design process in Tallahassee will include community input into the project’s artistic vision.
“The original proposal to develop a skate park along Capital Cascades Trail came out of an effort to dissuade skateboarding on park features in Cascades Park including the Korean War Memorial,” staff reports. “Through conversations with the skate community, Blueprint staff determined that the 3D shape of the broken circle of life from the Korean War Memorial was the perfect shape for doing a skateboard trick and that if the shape was somewhere else, then the skateboarders would stop using the Memorial.”
Skateable art differs from traditional skate park designs because the design process emphasizes an artistic approach to skate park elements like ramps and bowls, enabling skate parks to also serve as public art.
“This design integrates into the adjacent Capital Cascades Trail, with equal emphasis and intentional consideration being given to the landscape design of the park as well as the skateable features,” staff reports. “Using similar materials and styles, the landscape and hardscape at the skateable art park will visually integrate into the existing Capital Cascades Trail, FAMU Way, and the trail around Coal Chute Pond.”
Staff reports that the skate park will include “an incredible snake run feature” that will be around 225 feet — the longest snake run in Florida. The feature was inspired by the FAMU Rattlers mascot.
Other projects underway along the Capital Cascades Trail are public restrooms, amenities around Coal Chute Pond and a History and Culture Trail celebrating surrounding neighborhoods.