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2020 KCCI Community Catalyst Class Announced

2020 KCCI Community Catalyst Class Announced

KCCI announced members of its 2020 Catalyst Class, who will plan and implement KCCI’s upcoming placemaking project, a Community Bicycle Park. The concept is for the park to serve as a place for citizens of all ages to learn about and practice bicycle safety.

The 2020 Community Catalyst members are Theresa Bender, Bo Courtenay, Tarsha Davis, Chris Edwards, Bill Eichhoefer, Richard Fetchick, Suzannah Grasel, Eric Katz, Molly Lord, Patrick O’Bryant, Jamiron Richardson, Jessica Sorensen and Callie Watson.

“Each of this year’s Community Catalysts brings a unique background and skill set to the project,” said Betsy Couch, Executive Director of the Knight Creative Communities Institute.  “Through their creativity and effort, they will either activate and enhance a current space or create a new public space in Leon County.”

The 2020 Community Bicycle Park will enhance quality of life in our area by making it safer and healthier. Catalysts will plan, design and bring the bicycle park to life. They will choose the final form and location, while collaborating with other community partners. Each catalyst comes with a wide range of professional experiences, skillsets and backgrounds to ensure that diverse community groups in Tallahassee are represented.

This new bicycle park could potentially be the first of its kind in the region. It could include realistic lane markings and signage where people can safely learn how to ride.

Established in 2007, KCCI annually selects and organizes volunteers known as Community Catalysts to execute projects. These projects have helped enhance Tallahassee’s sense of place and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic development. The Community Bicycle Park follows after the 2019 KCCI Red Hills Rhythm Project. The 2019 catalysts are working with the Blueprint to create an engaging musical space along FAMU Way. This interactive musical ensemble area will give people an opportunity to interact with instruments in a public space.

Past KCCI projects include the TLH life-sized letters and urban park, the Experience Tallahassee event, Gaines Street redevelopment, the Frenchtown Farmers Market, Tallahassee Music Week, the Porch Swing Project and the amphitheater and Discovery playscape at Cascades Park, among many others.