Cascades Park’s Smokey Hollow Commemoration Wins Big!
Overwhelming Community Support Earns People’s Choice Award
July 21, 2014
At its annual convention over the weekend, the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced that the Smokey Hollow Commemoration, located in Cascades Park, won the coveted 2014 People's Choice Award. Out of 58 nominated buildings from across the state, including two others in Tallahassee, Smokey Hollow received a majority of the 800,818 votes cast.
"We are thrilled, but not surprised that the Smokey Hollow Commemoration won because the winner was determined by what people care about," said Wayne Tedder, director of Blueprint 2000. "The community support for this project has been overwhelming from the beginning. This project is a great example of the kind of creative and innovative work that makes Tallahassee and Leon County a place that residents are proud to call home."
The Smokey Hollow Commemoration, designed and nominated by local firm Architects Lewis + Whitlock, pays homage to Smokey Hollow, a once vibrant African-American community from the 1900s. The commemoration, which connects via sidewalk to the John G. Riley Museum, features an edible landscape, reflective fountain and spirit houses, which represent the shotgun houses that were found in the neighborhood.
While phase one of the commemoration is complete, crews will soon begin working on phase two, which includes the construction of a pavilion and historical interpretations, as well as adding hanging banners throughout. Sponsorship opportunities for these and other features are available. If interested, please contact Blueprint 2000 at (850) 219-1060. Construction is scheduled for completion by early 2015, at which time a community celebration will be held.
Cascades Park is the signature project for Blueprint 2000, exemplifying the agency's mission to preserve, protect and enhance our quality of life. This park was built by the citizens of Tallahassee and Leon County through the use of the local option penny sales tax.
For more information, please visit Talgov.com/Cascades. You can also stay up-to-date with all things Cascades Park by viewing its YouTube Channel, liking its Facebook page and following @Cascades_Park on Twitter.
Susan Emmanuel, Blueprint 2000 Public Information Office, 219-1060; Alison Faris, City of Tallahassee Communications, 891-8533; or Jon D. Brown, Leon County Community and Media Relations, 606-5300