The ASLA Florida Chapter and our Tallahassee Section hosted our first-ever Tour of Landscape Architecture, based on ASLA National's program for hosting tours with elected officials.
Several legislators, design professionals, and landscape architects joined Chapter President Kevin White and Tallahassee Section Chair Jeremy Floyd on December 11th as we explored seven magnificent examples of landscape architecture in the capital city.
Participants enjoyed an hour-long jaunt around downtown Tallahassee, where they learned about the Civil Rights Sidewalk, the expansion of the city's dedicated and protected bike lanes, and stormwater improvements to the perennially-flooded Franklin Boulevard. We also visited Smokey Hollow, a historical African American neighborhood that has been commemorated by the Library of Congress as a model for a Historical American Landscape Survey (HALS), as well as the Cascades Park, Trail, and Lake Anita that one of our speakers referred to as "A stormwater management system, cleverly disguised as a park". The tour concluded with stops at the FAMU Way/Railroad Square Playground, Gaines Street, and a the Grasslands Brewery, where participants enjoyed a happy hour.
The event will now become a model and framework for Sections throughout the state to host local tours of their local delegations of elected officials and policymakers to learn about all of the landscape architecture that makes a difference, as well as protects and improves the lives of their constituents and communities.
To view the the tour booklet from the tour, CLICK HERE.