At the next Blueprint Intergovernmental meeting on May 11th, elected officials will consider approving the project scope and the revised project budget of $18 million for the Northeast Park.
Officials will also consider authorizing Blueprint staff to advertise and award a contract for construction of the park.
See detailed map of park here.
Leon County Commissioner Brian Welch – who campaigned on getting a park built in the Northeast – told said, “I am very excited to bring the NE Park to it’s final stop on the Blueprint Board and look forward to finalizing the concept plan and funding for this long-awaited facility. “
Welch added, “This will be the first County Park in NE Tallahassee and will allow us to grow robust Little League baseball, softball and Pop Warner football programs along with space for soccer, pickle ball, sand volleyball and basketball, as well as as providing a playground, trail head and other fantastic elements that will enhance our quality of life and be enjoyed by our community for generations.”
The park will be located along Centerville Road and adjacent to Roberts Elementary and Montford Middle Schools. As an “area park”, it will serve the needs of multiple neighborhoods, generally within a radius of approximately 3 miles, and the rural community in NE Leon County.
The proposed park amenities will include:
- Four full size lighted baseball/softball fields (60, 70, 90) with batting cages, scoreboards, dugouts, and bullpens
- One full size lighted multipurpose field
- One sports court with accessible features (e.g., basketball)
- Four regulation pickleball courts
- Two lighted sand volleyball courts
- Playground and picnic shelters
- Walking trails
- Open lawn space for picnic or other uses
- Restroom facility/Community room with a solar roof/ Concessions building
- Maintenance building
- Paved parking with a drop off area
- Access road connecting to both Centerville Road and Welaunee Boulevard
- Electric vehicle charging stations
Controversial Access Road
The proposed plan includes a road that connects Centerville Road to Welaunee Blvd., providing access to the park. However, the Killearn Homeowners Association has recently addressed concerns with this proposal.
In a letter from the KHA board, the group stated the KHA “vehemently” opposes the construction of any additional public road connecting Welaunee Boulevard to Centerville Road in addition to the approved Shamrock Extension, Roberts Road, and Pimlico Extension.
The agenda item notes the benefits of the access road and indicates that re-directing the path of the road to run through the park – in an attempt to mitigate cut through traffic – would impact the proposed amenities.
Staff states that the existing farm road use provides the most efficient, safest, and maximized use of the 50 acres and adjoining greenway. This access was illustrated in previous agenda materials and was contemplated as a future public roadway during the land purchase.