Proposed Lexington park projects include a refurbished passive park downtown and a rural new recreational site
WEKU | By Stu Johnson
The budget proposed by Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton calls for more than $5 million in park improvements. These projects are in addition to a variety of park projects paid for with $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan dollars. Phoenix Park, adjacent to the Central Library, will undergo significant upgrading. Parks and Recreation Director Monica Conrad said the final plan is still in the works.
“We’re at the stage at this point. We haven’t finished the construction documents, so we’re working with Element Design here in Lexington to finish those out,” said Conrad.
Other parks projects on the list include developing infrastructure like water service, parking, and benches at Deer Haven Park near Hamburg and the replacement of the pool at Douglas Park.
The mayor’s proposed budget also calls for half a million dollars for phase one of the Kelley property development. Eventually, it would provide public access to the river for kayaks and canoes.
“Our next steps for the property would be to not only engage community members about what they want to see at that park, but also work to get that park opened for public access,” said Conrad.
If the Lexington Council agrees with the park funding recommendation, Conrad said an opening is probably about 18 months away. She said there would be some infrastructure improvements needed along with community involvement.
WEKU is working hard to be a leading source for public service, fact-based journalism. Monthly sustaining donors are the top source of funding for this growing nonprofit news organization. Please join others in your community who support WEKU by making your donation.
Photo: Lexington city hall (Stu Johnson for WEKU)
Richmond Celebrates Inauguration of Shree Umiya Mataji Temple, Drawing a Crowd of Over 20,000
Sat, June 3, 2023
Could an illegal psychedelic substance ease the opioid crisis? Daniel Cameron wants to find out.
Sat, June 3, 2023