Based on the collective vision of Tallahassee residents, Cascades Park is a $30 million, 24-acre state-of-the-art storm water management facility cleverly disguised as a world-class park. For decades, Tallahassee struggled with how to address two major issues 1) destructive, even deadly flooding 2) the toxic wasteland on the site where the city was first founded. Through collaborative engagement and input from all sectors – including citizens’ working groups, neighborhood commissions, community organizations, entertainers, local businesses and government – Cascades Park not only alleviated flooding issues, but rehabilitated the site of the city’s founding.
Tallahassee's Neighborhood REACH program engaged low-income residents around issues of sustainability and safety. And it was so successful that energy savings that residents generated were enough to defer the construction of another generating plant - saving the residents and the city.