Be Among the First to Cross the Canopy
New Bridge and Walkways Link Trails
February 27, 2014
Citizens will soon enjoy a bird’s eye view of Tallahassee, while literally bridging the gap between two popular parks. Tallahassee’s newest amenity, the Canopy Walkway in Lafayette Heritage Trail Park, will open at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4. Local residents are invited to pull on their hiking boots or hop on their mountain bikes for a fun afternoon on the trail.
Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, event attendees will be among the first to cross the canopy. If you are one of the first 200 people to traverse the new boardwalk and bridge, you’ll receive a commemorative bandana featuring a map of the area. To ensure you stay hydrated and nourished, water and trail mix will be provided. Attendees are reminded to dress comfortably and wear appropriate footwear. Binoculars are also recommended for those who want a closer look at the native plants and wildlife. Even without binoculars, the views from the bridge are stunning.
Parking for the event will be at the J.R. Alford Greenway, located at 2500 Pedrick Road. Swift Creek Middle School, also located on Pedrick Road, releases at 3:50 p.m. Event attendees are encouraged to allow extra time for arriving in case there is traffic near the school.
The Canopy Walkway provides a safe connection over the CSX railroad tracks between the City’s Lafayette Heritage Trail Park and Leon County’s J.R. Alford Greenway. Previously, there was no official, designated trail connection in this area, causing many trail visitors to use an unofficial, unsafe, at-grade crossing over the railroad tracks.
The Canopy Walkway in Lafayette Heritage Trail Park can be accessed from the park entrance, located at 49000 Heritage Park Blvd. From the parking lot, it is roughly a two mile hike or ride to the south end of the walkway. The north end of the walkway can be accessed from the J.R. Alford Greenway parking lot.
The southern walkway spans 585 feet and rises up about 40 feet to meet the bridge. After crossing the 133-foot bridge, the northern walkway takes visitors 130 feet back down to solid ground. From there, it’s a short walk to the greenway’s parking lot.
Following the event on March 4, the trails that have been closed during construction will be reopened for public use.
In the event of severe weather on March 4, the event could be rescheduled. Look for information on Talgov.com.
Approved by the City Commission in 2007, the total project cost approximately $1.3 million. A portion of the project was funded by a $250,000 federal recreational trails grant. Blueprint 2000 contributed $500,000, and the remainder was funded by the City through its share of the sales tax extension dollars.
For more information, please visit Talgov.com or call Susan Tanski, Senior Park Planner, at 933-0345. You can also stay up-to-date on the latest park news by liking the department on Facebook and following @COTParks on Twitter.
Susan Tanski, Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs, 933-0345; or Lizzy Kelley, Communications Department, 891-8533