Discover Cascades Park with Family-Friendly Events
Grand Opening Filled With Music, Magicians, Munchies and a Movie
March 05, 2014
Bring the whole family out to discover Cascades Park at its grand opening on Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15. This two-day celebration, already being heralded as the "event of the year," will introduce citizens to an amazing world class park with opportunities never before presented in our area.
To kick-off this fun-filled weekend, officials from Blueprint 2000, the City of Tallahassee and Leon County will officially open and dedicate the park on Friday morning at 10 with an event in the park's state-of-the-art amphitheater. During the event, officials will announce the park's first two paid concerts, which are scheduled for mid-April. Following the announcement, staff will conduct guided tours of the 24-acre park, including the interactive water fountain, recreated cascades waterfall, historic Smokey Hollow Commemoration and the Discovery children's play area.
Later on, the fun really begins with Family Fun Night. Beginning at 5 p.m., the night will feature kid-friendly entertainment, including a bodacious band, mesmerizing magician and bouncy balloon artist. At dusk, a cartoon movie will begin as smells of complimentary popcorn fill the air. Food trucks will be set up nearby if families would like to eat a meal with their popcorn.
On Saturday, the fun continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as visitors explore Cascades Park with their very own custom-made passports. Covering the continents of Play, Learn, Watch and Move, visitors will discover all there is to know about the park; and, they'll receive a special prize once their passport is filled with stamps. Sponsors will also be on hand to showcase some of the park's amenities. Also during this time, local acts will perform on the amphitheater stage performing both popular music and original works.
The public is invited to attend all of the opening weekend events. A variety of parking options will be made available.
During the festivities, be sure to use #DiscoverCascades when posting to your social media accounts. You can follow the events by liking Cascades Park at Facebook.com/DiscoverCascades and following @Cascades_Park on Twitter and Instagram.
To promote the grand opening events ahead of time, sign-up to be a part of the Cascades Park online flash mob; two lucky winners will be selected to receive FREE tickets to one of the first two concerts. To create this synchronized social shockwave, sign-up for the Cascades Park ThunderClap between now and 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 13. By signing up, ThunderClap, the first ever crowd-speaking platform, will automatically mass-share a post at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, the day before the park's opening. The post will read, "Excited for #CascadesPark opening tomorrow! I can't wait to #DiscoverCascades!" During the sign-up process, participants can dictate which of their social media accounts this post will be sent to. In addition, participants have the ability to modify the post, if necessary. After the online flash mob, two individuals will be randomly selected to win two FREE, general admission tickets to one of the first two concerts in Cascades Park.
Blueprint 2000 is an intergovernmental agency funded by a one cent sales tax and governed by both the City of Tallahassee and Leon County. Cascades Park is the signature project for Blueprint 2000, exemplifying the agency's mission to preserve, protect and enhance our quality of life.
Once open, Cascades Park will serve as the newest social center for our community, enhancing the quality of life for everyone by offering one venue that brings together arts, entertainment, education, history and wellness. It is the perfect example of how the one-cent local option sales tax we pay in invested back into our community.
For the latest news on Cascades Park, please visit DiscoverCascades.com or Facebook.com/DiscoverCascades and follow @Cascades_Park on Twitter.
Susan Emmanuel, Blueprint 2000 Public Information Office, 219-1060; Heather Teter, City of Tallahassee Communications, 891-8533; or Jon D. Brown, Leon County Community and Media Relations, 606-5300