Project Name/TitleUnique IDSummary
Accessible playgrounds for children with special needs11A playground that is equipped to allow special needs children to have a safe and fun environment without the constant worrying from family/caregivers. As a parent of two autistic children it is impossible to find a safe park for both of them to go to without the fear that they will run off because they don't know safety boundaries. A playground with equipment that addresses their sensory and communication needs would make such a huge impact for them. Getting them out of the house to go to a safe place and to interact with other families that are just like us. Also gates that latch are needed at parks.
Activate Community Spaces12Parks & Recreation has recently hired a person to focus on partnerships to activate the community spaces in the existing recreation centers. To date, her focus has been on other organizations coming in to lead programs. The actual sites in the community centers are depressing and not conducive toward any teens or youth wanting to be there. I'd like to see the City use some of the ARP funds to properly outfit these centers so that they can deliver the services and programs as they are intended.
Amusement Park/Water Park29Development and build an amusement park including a water park. This would generate revenue for the city and increase tourism thus positively impacted businesses’ revenues as well. It would create jobs. It would also give the citizens something to do at home without having to travel to Louisville or Cincinnati or Indiana. This would eventually pay for itself.
Aquatic and Wellness Center31Objective :

Seeking to develop a year-round indoor Aquatic and Wellness Facility for the Lexington-Fayette County community that is financially sustainable and adds to overall quality of life by promoting lifelong health and wellness amongst all demographics, but specifically focusing on those who are often underserved.

Community Benefits:

Quality of Life Enhancement - swimming as a lifestyle activity offers positive benefits of competition, regular exercise, and gives a wide-ranging demographic within the community access to lifelong health and wellness.

Drowning Prevention - to give kids and adults of all ages the opportunity to learn how to swim so they can be safe in and around the water. Studies show that Kentucky has a higher rate of drowning than states with better access to aquatic facilities that provide adequate safety training and education.

Diversity in the Sport - to introduce and further expose both children and adults to team and recreational swimming so they might discover a healthy activity that will improve their physical fitness, raise their self-esteem, and expose them to values that will carry over into other aspects of their lives.

Programming Possibilities:

If programmed correctly, these facilities are proven to be financially sustainable and pay for themselves.

Water Safety Education
School-Age Learn-to-Swim Programs
Adult Swim Lessons
Water Fitness / Aerobics
Aquatic Development Therapy
Water Walking
General therapy and rehabilitation partnering with local medical / rehab facilities
Senior Aerobic Programming
Season Competitive Swimming
USA Clubs
High Schools - 10+ schools in Lexington with teams - little to no pool time currently available. Teams often travel out of the county to practice and compete.

Economic Development Opportunities:

Develop and bring traffic to an underserved population and part of the community

Host regional and national meets - typically, hundreds of athletes and families over several weekends throughout the year which results in an influx of hotel / restaurant / retail activity

Potential Supplemental Project and Programming Funding Sources:

Collaboration with existing organizations
Medical / Rehabilitation organizations
New Markets Tax Credits (if location is within eligible census tracts). There are two instances where this has been accomplished in Kentucky.
Disaster facility funding
Community fundraising
Insurance reimbursement from therapy / rehabilitation
Expand on USA Swimming financial models
Club teams
High school teams
Added tourism revenue from hosting local, regional, and national competitions.

We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the viability of an Aquatic and Wellness Center.

Kent Pleasants Daniel Porter
859-492-7331 270-339-8776
ARPA Project34The fairgrounds needs to be repaved. This summer at the fair someone was injured due to holes in the payment. Since so many events occur at the fairgrounds such as the Lexington Lions Club Bluegrass Fair, the Sheep and Fiber Festival, Crave, and many others that all of our community attend, it would be beneficial to our community to have park repaved.
Art on the Town37This proposed program, Art on the Town, will provide new, consistent, economic development opportunities for our excellent local visual and performing artists, promising art students, and arts organizations through a planned and well-promoted public environment in which to perform and sell their artwork and products. Further, Art on the Town will activate the soon to be completed Town Branch Commons (TBC), creating a lively, creative, and participatory destination connecting visitors and community members as well as locations such as the Central Bank Center, City Center, hotels, restaurants, Triangle, Thoroughbred and Isaac Murphy Parks, The MET, and downtown and east end neighborhoods, via continuous bike and walking paths and a lushly landscaped band through downtown.

Art on the Town will establish five permanent arts vendor kiosks and ten mobile arts vendor kiosks that will be utilized by a wide range of visual artists, performing artists, and arts organizations. The kiosks will create visual points of interest along the trail, easily recognizable meeting spots, and creative anchors for performing artists, interactive demonstrations, and for local artists, authors, and musicians with original works of art, crafts, books, and recordings for sale. The artists will infuse the TBC with family-friendly activity, community, color, and vitality, and provide authentic interactions as they share their original work, inspired by the beautiful Bluegrass region. The consistent and promoted presence of the artists will provide an incentive for tourists and local residents alike to experience the unique culture, diversity, and traditions of Central Kentucky art forms, music, literature, and more, and to linger and enjoy other downtown businesses and restaurants along the way. The inclusion of artists on the TBC, along with other art elements such as the new Stand sculpture located at Vine St. and N. Mill, and other public art to come, will create a unique art trail that will encourage exploration and active participation.

To ensure quality experiences for both artists and visitors, eligible artists will include local artists who have already been juried into established arts and crafts programs, such as Kentucky Crafted and the Performing Arts Directory, run by the Kentucky Arts Council; Arts, Inc., run by Community Ventures; and the Woodland Arts Festival, run by LFUCG Parks and Recreation, or who have other references and indicators of significant professional experience in their art form. Based upon the program rosters and discussions with artists and arts groups, it is anticipated that over 400 artists will participate within the first year.

Working with community partners such as Art, Inc., Visit Lex, the Kentucky Arts Council, and numerous advisory committee members such as Dr. Everett McCorvey and Dan Kahl with CEDIK (UK), Art on the Town will support and showcase artists through scheduled dates for performances, art demonstrations, and art vendors. Twenty-two days per year, when we have the desire to best show off our beautiful city, artists will be invited to participate along TBC and will be paid stipends for their participation. Some artists may be invited to provide an interactive art demonstration or performance, others will be invited to display and sell their original artwork. These days will be scheduled to coincide with large conventions and conferences that are downtown, for UK game days, and during other major downtown celebrations. The kiosks will also be available, at no charge, for artists to schedule all other days.

Currently, there are very few downtown retail outlets that provide opportunities for the purchase of locally made items, a primary interest of visiting tourists. Additionally, there are no daytime opportunities to experience live performing artists in Lexington. Even during evening hours, those opportunities are mostly limited to local bars which are typically late night and not conducive to family participation. Art on the Town will provide a unique opportunity for Lexington to support artists in expanding their earning potential and building their customer base, while also creating a dynamic environment that will energize all of downtown, and greatly enhance our own tourism and hospitality initiatives. Many studies have shown that cultural tourists tend to stay longer and spend more in the cities that they visit. So, it is critical that Lexington’s arts and culture are available for tourists’ consumption.

The costs for Art on the Town, are primarily capital expenses for the purchase and installation of the fixed and mobile kiosks, for initial marketing materials, and for organizational and administrative support. Staff support for the initial start-up year would be available via VISTA workers with a very nominal cost of $5000 per. Other first-year expenses would include design and printing of marketing materials, artist meetings, and payments of artists' stipends on the 22 programmed days. After the first year, recurring expenses would only be the costs of the artist stipends, reprinting of materials, and occasional maintenance of kiosks. These recurring expenses will be covered through sponsorships of each of the kiosks. VisitLex has already committed support to the program, and it is anticipated that corporate support, specifically of businesses that adjoin the TBC, will follow suit.

The overall request of less than $350,000 in ARPA funds will provide the capital and first-year start-up expenses to create a sustainable, long-term program that supports direct economic development opportunities for over 400 local artists and arts organizations, enhances the downtown businesses through increased activity, and that encourages tourism through creative placemaking tools.

All of the kiosks will be designed to be easily adaptable so that artists of all media and disciplines may easily display their work. Paintings, sculpture, jewelry, books, notecards, prints, woodworking, and other art forms will be served by the structure of the kiosks. The fixed kiosks, located at four locations along Vine St., and one on Midland Ave., will be sculptural in design and RFP’s for design and fabrication of the fixed kiosks will be sought from local artists, architects, and design teams. The ten mobile kiosks will be located at various points starting with the Central Bank Center, along Vine St., and down Midland Ave. Mobile kiosks will be purchased from a national company, such as Cart-King, and will be selected to be easily maneuverable, attractive, and adaptable for various art forms. The mobile kiosks will be utilized at pre-determined locations and will be reserved and scheduled to avoid any conflicts.

To ensure a continually changing and lively environment, the 22 programmed days will be curated and will feature invited artists to celebrate a diversity of art forms, media, and representation. This will guarantee that hundreds of artists will have opportunities to participate and that visitors will continually experience new artists and art forms. One day’s walk down the Town Branch Commons might feature bluegrass music, kiosks with handmade jewelry, glass bowls, and paintings, and an author with books of poetry, etc. Another day’s walk might showcase African dancers, handmade soaps and lotions, original prints and notecards, ceramic dishes, and a violinist, etc. Beyond the 22 programmed days, all other days can be reserved by artists, first come first served. Limitations on scheduling may be implemented if demand exceeds capacity. All of the artists will present what is beautiful and unique to Lexington-Fayette Co.

Priorities for the construction and purchase of the kiosks will include:
• Low maintenance materials
• Adaptability for use by artists of various media – such as countertops that can fold up or down, hooks and brackets that can be raised or lowered, grid panels that can be attached and unattached, etc.
• No fixed / permanent walls or hiding places
• Tamper-resistant
• Creates unique, creative, attractive space
• Replicative for easy identification
• Designed wrap for branding
• Replaceable signage for sponsorships
• Potential size: 6 ft. wide x 8 ft. long x 8-9 ft.+ tall
• Potential for raised or lowered sun canopy or umbrella

Art on the Town is uniquely capable of supporting all of the priorities of the ARPA fund guidelines as well as of the LFUCG City Council. With the infrastructure of the Town Branch Commons nearly completed, Art on the Town will activate and enrich this new, free destination and create additional incentives for frequenting the TBC. Creative placemaking connects communities, people, places, and economic opportunity and it is achieved through dynamic and participatory experiences that people want to be part of and that create unique memories and unexpected and authentic interactions. An ever-changing schedule of artists and participatory events will encourage visitors to linger, to return often, and to explore the restaurants, bars, hotels, stores, and galleries that are adjacent to the Commons.
Basketball492 full sized basketball courts
Masterson Station Park 5k and 10k trails70Within Masterson Station park exists sufficient space to build 3+ miles of paved trails that can facilitate 5k+ race events without closing streets or causing other interruptions to the city. Demand exists to utilize such a facility multiple times per weekend for a majority of Spring, Summer, and Fall weekends.
1. The trail would start adjacent to the existing Bluegrass Fairgrounds and utilize the same grass parking area which is only used a few times each year.
2. The paved trail would start with a wide section to accommodate 500 runners, then narrow to a typical 10 foot wide trail.
3. The west side of the park has existing grass trails that could remain for hiking and cross-country running. A paved trail could parallel this grass trail.
4. The trail could be designed to minimize impact to existing equestrian activities.
5. If successful, the trail could be extended to 6.2 miles around the park with only 2 crossings of Ruffian Way. The first crossing could be completed at the beginning of the race to limit traffic interruption to 15 minutes or less. The second crossing could be made at the back of the park where traffic is light.
Bluegrass Interconnect TRAIL71Build an interconnected TRAIL system in conjunction with building the Bluegrass Interconnect RAILWAY. While building the Interconnected Trail System (ITS) in tandem with the Bluegrass Interconnect Railway (BIT) (see separate submitted proposal*), resources and manpower would be optimized. This project would 'bridge-build' between seemingly separate interest groups (such as businesses & nature-lovers) encouraging a communal working together for a common goal - that of beautifying our state while investing in its culture and citizens.
Bluegrass Rail-Trails72Lexington is surrounded by a network of former freight rail and/or electric commuter rail corridors that connect it to the surrounding towns. In many cases the corridors are still intact and have not been developed for residential or commercial uses. Eg. the Brighton Trail corridor continues all the way to Winchester and could be built cross-country instead of ending at the edge of Lexington. Similarly, the former freight rail corridor that once hauled grain and horses to horse farms in northern Fayette and Bourbon counties is still visible from Paris Pike and has few interruptions (golf course) while retaining at least one brick station house. Regional rail-trails such as this are destination trails, attracting bike tourists and supplementing the local economy with lodging, food, and related tourism spending. Currently we travel to southern Ohio for rail-trail day trips, and further afield to Indiana and even Wisconsin. The Bluegrass landscape would easily compete with the corn and bean fields of Indiana for the attention of bike tourists. As well, residents of the region would benefit from the use of the trail with improved health outcomes and thus reduced adverse health impacts. It would require cooperative County Judges to complete the trails between Lex and other towns, of course, and all of the usual process involved in ROW acquisition, design, construction. Maintenance might be partially offloaded to trail volunteers, as is common in other states.
Brighton East Rail Trail79Completion of the Brighton East Rail Trail from Walnut Grove Lane eastward to the Fayette County Line at Pine Grove. This project would greatly enhance a type of amenity national employers look for when choosing facility locations. Additionally, expansion of this linear park would provide health benefits and tourism value to the citizens of Lexington and the surrounding area.
Brighton Train extension80This trail would extend from the Brighton trail head to Winchester and beyond using abandoned rail beds. It would not need the many decorative features seen on the Legacy trail to control costs.
I understand that land owners have opposed this in the past, but experience in other areas have shown that trails enhance property value and decrease area crime. It is time to get this project under construction.
Cardinal Run North95Petition for creating a park with expanded soccer fields for health and wellness
CSC soccer would like to request use of these fields as a way to grow and help the kids of Lexington
Cardinal run north regional, nature, and athletic park96As a life long Lexington resident, I could not be more proud of how our city has progressed over the past 40 years. From infrastructure to neighborhoods to protecting the agricultural foundation our city is known for, the city government can be commended to keeping to their comprehensive plans and growing our city in a economically and socially beneficial way. However, we have one big black eye that is costing the city millions of tourism revenue, and depriving the citizens from what they want the most. A proper regional park that includes a sports complex large enough for tournaments and multiple sports, extension of walking trails from Beaumont and cardinal run south, and a nature park.


Since purchasing the 13 acre property across from calumet and next to “cardinal run north park”, I have seen the 165 acres of Lfucg gifted land become over grown with invasive species, potential champion trees dying and rotting from neglect, extreme pollution channeled through the hidden karst windows and all the while, I’m seeing city studies supporting the need for tree canopies, green space, parks and water quality issues.

i became so concerned in health and cure t status of the park, that I met with vice mayor Steve Kay where I offered land from our development to provide access into the park from Versailles rd., followed by an in person visit from the city council member, Plomin, and then invited 4 people from parks and recreation out to the property to see what I found. The karst window, I found on a map from 1900, in search of ground water on my property. When I trenched through the overgrowth, I could hear the water but couldn’t see it. Once i dig it out, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It was like going back in time Wjth stack stone springs, 5 spring tributary and a sinking spring. Absolutely gorgeous. Think a small scale McConnell’s springs

As far as the Lfucg officials, Credit to them, they all were receptive in meeting and found great interest and appreciation to what I had found but the overall response was something needs to be done, but there is just no funding for the parks to take on this project.

The park is listed as an open functioning park, but it’s not, no entrance, it’s fenced, locked and not safe. Overgrowth, widowmaker tree limbs, and a rotting barn close to collapse does not exactly say open for business.

Recent park studies from Lfucg have been completed and fully support a need for new regional parks, athletic fields, walking trails, essentially everything thay was asked for can fit inside the 165 acres. A 7 million dollar investment was initially set aside in the 2016 budget I think, for the development of the park as a large soccer complex, but the partnering company bluegrass sports, dropped the ball on their matching amount. They also needed another entrance into the park without widening Parker’s mill, so they had a contract to purchase my current development for rd access to and from Versailles rd. A left hand turn lane was added and pump stations. Projections on economic benefit to the city were in the tens of million a year. Multiple sports leagues are begging for land they can use and will happily take over the management and expense for their portion of the park. I know , because my business partner is the president of one soccer club that has tried relentlessly to have access to the park over the last year.

I could go on and on, but I realize that even though this may be the most common sense project we could do, political factors trump what’s best. All I ask is to take a look at the athletic complexes and regional parks in bowling green, bardstown, Middletown, Louisville. Bowling greens state of the art, athletic complex even has a rubber field for the disabled, termed “miracle field”. Talk about helping the ones most effected. People need to be outside, not on their iPads. Lets make sure the city isn’t the reason for lack of outside extracurricular activities for any age.
Cardinal Run Park Expansion97The project idea is to add two new ball fields, add turf to existing fields, updated practice spaces, create a permanent storage facility for field maintenance needs and increase parking at Cardinal Run Park to be used primarily for girls softball.

There are currently two fields at this park used and maintained by Bluegrass Girls Fastpitch.
Castlewood Park tennis court improvement99In order to promote use of the tennis courts, a backboard is needed for individual practice.this could be a large area, like that at Woodland Park, or a smaller installation of weather-proofed, painted plywood at the existing court.
Castlewood Skate Park100Recreate the skate park located in Woodland Park in the Castlewood Park.
Champion Field102Champion Field is envisioned as an indoor/outdoor learning and sports facility for the communities of Central Kentucky. It will provide youth in the area space for mentorship and sports, patterning with local athletic clubs in combination with the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, and neighboring educational institutions. Amid restrictions and lack of safe sports training facilities, Champion Field will host tutoring, mentoring, and sports training for club sports.
Championship Disc Golf Course at Cold Stream Park103Build a Championship level Disc Golf course at Cold Stream. Disc golf is growing faster than our current courses can handle and its a cheap and easy way to get people out and walking around. By designing a park around the Disc Golf course we can build a safe experience for every park attendee without causing disruption to any activity.
Children's Grief Center Building107• Proposed Project: Purchase or construction of a physical facility for the nonprofit Kentucky Center for Grieving Children and Families. This facility would serve as the home base of operations for the free, community grief support groups for youth ages 4-18 and their caregivers. Youth bereavement facilities have specialized needs (extensive areas for art, music, recreational therapy as well as memory rooms, safe rooms, and program meeting rooms for youth and their families and caregivers). This specialized site for serving Central Kentucky would allow for the greatest range of freely-accessible healing, therapeutic programming for our vulnerable children and youth during a time when the need for these services has increased exponentially. The KCGCF is currently providing youth grief support groups in 8 schools in Fayette County but would like to expand to offer free community programming.
• Program Partners: The Kentucky Center for Grieving Children and Families (KCGCF) is working closely with UK Extension, Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington Parks & Recreation, and other nonprofits to identify grieving youth and share programming. Funds to supplement an ARPA grant would be requested through organizations such as the Bluegrass Community Foundation and The Junior League of Lexington. Local healthcare and insurance systems would be approached for supplemental funding for the memory garden and outdoor bereavement spaces.
• Program Goals: To secure a permanent, youth-oriented building space for the KCGCF would provide the youth of central Kentucky with a safe space to heal and to connect with others as they integrate their loss into their lives moving forward. The building will be a place where all children with loss can grieve and grow together.
• Cost: Total Cost: $2 million
o $1 million building purchase (or construction)
o $750,000 for building renovation and customizations for youth grief activities and spaces (see photos)
o $250,000 for outdoor therapeutic recreation area and youth memory garden adjacent to the building

• Sample Images of Children’s Grief Center Spaces
City Baseball Field Improvements109This project would improve lighting on the fields by replacing or installing the lights to LED on the 2 current Southeastern Babe Ruth (Veteran Park) and 3 South Lexington (Shillito Park) fields. This would save the city money in the future because LEDs are much cheaper to operate.

The second step would be to turf the five existing fields. This would save money for the leagues, every year the volunteers are both parks work on these field to keep them in playing shape for the kids. If we have better fields, the local babe ruth organizations will be able to complete with the travel ball organizations. Travel ball is a pay to play baseball leading to underprivileged kids left out. Both Babe Ruth leagues have struggled to keep playing and if they fail, several hundred kids will no long be able to play baseball. I am on the board at Southeastern Babe Ruth and we had 147 kids sign up to play in 2021. We are having success but with an aging number of parents, working on the fields is another turn off for parents with kids 13-18. If the fields are turfed, the amount of labor to get the fields ready is reduced dramatically. No more chalking the fields, pulling the bases, dragging the field, putting several tons of dirt on the infield to replace the erosion to begin each season, to spread field dry mix during rain, fix holes in the mounds after every game. A lot of work goes into the fields at Southeastern because we take pride in our fields and our league.

The third step is to build longer and wider dugouts. The dugouts are currently around 26-30 feet long at the 5 fields at both parks. These should be increased to 40 feet long. Kids today are expected to space out more and when teams have roster sizes between 15-20 more space is needed.

The fourth step is to add new batting cages at both parks like the batting cage that is currently on the upper field at Southeastern Babe Ruth at Veteran's Park. This is needed for batting practice and a place to shelter during rain. That building is 85X45 feet.

The final step is to add another field at Southeastern. There is room for another field and more parking northwest and west of the county garage.

Here is the price breakdown:

1 set of new lights on the lower field $ 200,000
4 sets of replacement lights on fields $ 800,000
5 fields installed with turf $1,250,000
10 new dugouts $ 100,000
2 new batting cages $ 150,000
1 new field with turf & lights $ 550,000
Turf infield $250,000
Field completion $100,000
-Dugouts, Outfield, Scorebox, Scoreboard
Lights $200,000
City Soccer Field113I look around our city and see a few very solid parks (Shillito caliber, etc.), some aging and decrepit parks, some basketball, tennis, and pickle-ball courts, even a frisbee golf course, but not a single public soccer field!
Coldstream Park South Multipurpose Sports Fields1191. Level agricultural fields into flat grass fields usable for various field sports like soccer, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, rugby, football, field hockey, and more.
2. Include parking and basic facilities at the end of Sandersville Rd. with additional access from Citation Blvd.
3. Create 6-10 multipurpose fields approximately 360' x 150' to accommodate all sports.
4. Reserve some of the fields for rentals and make the remainder available first-come first-served.
Coldstream Park South Paved Trail1201. Create a paved spur trail from the Legacy Trail in Coldstream Park where the Legacy Trail passes under Citation Blvd.
2. Cross Elkhorn Creek into LFUCG property (Coldstream Park South)
3. Continue the paved trail around the perimeter of the property connecting to Sandersville Road and eventually Briarwood Dr. in Oakwood Park.
4. Negotiate with businesses on Brentwood Ct. to extend the trail to Brentwood Ct. allowing access to Nandino Blvd.
4. Total paved trail is approximately 1 mile.
Community Arts Proposal123This is for a Community Arts Proposal.
This proposal offers the arts to the communities of Lexington by:
-Teaching visual and performing arts in the public schools and other venues for children and older ages. This would include music, painting murals, and performing arts.
-Arts workshops for arts education in public schools, parks and other venues.
-Art murals and performing arts for neighborhoods.
-Arts to enhance tourism and the local economy.
-Arts for in the neighborhoods to help the building social networking and diversity.
-Some of the arts projects can be one time events such as creating a public mural or performance and some can create an impact that continues into the future.
-Create Bluegrass Art collection and an art museum that features local/regional/national/and international artist.
-Create a place for the arts in outdoor public areas such as parks, the courthouse plaza, public sidewalks that can be used by the artists to display, perform and show and sell their works.
Community Beautification124I would like to propose a request of funds to assist with some issues in Cardinal Valley. Currently we have several parks that are unattended to by the City and I would like to request additional trash cans and scheduled lawn care in these parks. I clean up trash daily but with some funds released for additional trash cans and pick up at the Cardinal Valley Parks; both the main parks and the neighboring empty fields. Signage in english/spanish and wall murals are also part of the funding request.
Community Centers125The Walgreen's store on the corner of Versailles Road and Alexandria could be a community center for all ages. A place for ping pong, pool tables, dance floor and more.
Community Park Facilities128The public health of the community is tied directly to the physical environment we live in. The community has regional parks in the south (Shilito and Jacobson), north (Masterson Station), and west (Cardinal run), but the east side of town lacks these regional facilities that can be shared among several neighborhoods. Please buy land and invest in the public health needs of the community on the east side of own. Park facilities with multi-use trails, fields, passive areas that are near residential neighborhoods are critical to the quality of life in Lexington too. Citizens want to host regional soccer and baseball events, they want to invite others to come to Lexington, but our parks have continually been at the bottom of the funding list. It is unfortunate that the government does not see them as part of our necessary infrastructure to serve the needs of the community just like roads and sewers.
Community Space at Valley Park131There is a need for more community space in the Cardinal Valley area, especially for after school programs and for activities like dance and martial arts. An addition to the current Valley Park shelter was proposed back in 2018 and it has been something the community has asked for for several years.
This addition would serve this community that is in need of space for activities that would encourage youth in a neighborhood that struggles with poverty and crime.
This building would hold bathrooms, storage space, and a big meeting space that might be able to be divided into two rooms. The one room would have adequate flooring etc for dance and martial arts. There are already several formed groups that are asking for this type of space that are established in the area.
Cycling152Lexington needs more cycling lanes and dedicated trails.
Dog Park at Kirklevington Park1591 acre large dog park in the greenery at Kirklevington Park. Decorative chain link fence installed at a cost of $20 per foot, 600 linear feet, four gates for access.
Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center Expansion and Renovation161The planned expansion and renovation of the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center on the grounds of The Arboretum is an exciting and much-needed project that will increase and expand our ability to provide visitor and guest services, educational programming, and improve public health.

As of August 2021, the University of Kentucky has raised 50% (approximately $1.5M) of the $3M project total from individual donors.
Downtown Infrastructure, Business Support and Art Projects163Summary
Terry Sweeney, President and CEO of Downtown Lexington Partnership and Jim Frazier (, 859-231-8780) Chairman of the Downtown Lexington Management District (DLMD) along with our boards have worked together to present this joint proposal requesting a total of $10 million.

Overview: Downtown Lexington Corporation (DLC) DBA Downtown Lexington Partnership (DLP) and Downtown Lexington Management District (DMLD) propose a package of projects that will have a significant economic impact and return on the City’s investment, improve Lexington quality of life, reduce city expenses and help retail/restaurant and bar businesses severely impacted by the pandemic throughout downtown. The projects include:
• Fifth Third Bank Pavilion and Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park improvement infrastructure project: $1.5 million
• Short St. Entertainment corridor between Broadway St. and Limestone St. infrastructure project : $6 million
• Downtown Public Art infrastructure project: $2 million
• DLMD Property and Business Improvement Grant Program: $500,000

DLP/DLMD have a successful history of collaboration in working to implement property improvement projects, business support programs, events, planning initiatives and public art and lighting projects. In addition, we have demonstrated the ability to take our dollars and leverage with City and private sector to generate a significant return on investment to the community. Together we represent the interests of more than 650 residential and commercial property owners, stakeholders and business operators. These projects will leverage the city money with private sector investment and likely some additional federal dollars.

Fifth Third Bank Pavilion and Tandy Park:
Our organizations have been actively involved in Fifth Third Bank Pavilion and Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park for more than a decade in supporting downtown businesses (many of which are our members), attracting investment, providing programming in the public space and planning improvements. DLP/DLC was instrumental in obtaining the initial $750,000 that funded the construction of Fifth Third Pavilion in 2009/2010 and has been a lead programmer in Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park ever since, attracting 3,000+ customers to Central Bank Thursday Live April through October for the last 10 years. DLP/DLMD would actively work with City and stakeholders including but not limited to programming partners like Lexington Farmer’s Market and Foundation for Latin American and Latino Culture and Arts (FLACA) area business operators and property owners, LexArts, VisitLex, Fifth Third Bank and Take Back Cheapside and other organizations that may be identified to create a vision plan which identifies needed improvements and costs and timeline to complete the project prior to 2026. In addition, the planning process would identify a long-term operating model to maximize community programming and allocating funds for long term maintenance etc. The new project which could include improvements to make it more useable year-round, lighting upgrades, pull down garage doors, sound system, increased power etc. would lead to an increased number of programming days that could reach up to 300 per year and attract thousands more customers to visit and spend at area businesses who were severely impacted by the pandemic. This would translate into $5 million in economic impact and $250,000 in local government funding annually and a $50 million economic impact over a 10-year period. (Note: economic impact estimate based upon the national economic prosperity calculator and DLP event historical event data)

The project also will likely leverage private sector and federal dollars. DLC/DLP will work with Fifth Third Bank and City to renew their sponsorship for an extended period of time helping provide additional dollars. Those dollars could be allocated to creating a maintenance fund or conservancy ensuring that the facilities are maintained at a high level and can invest in future capital projects.

Short St. Improvement Project
Short St has become the city’s entertainment destination featuring local restaurant, bars, cultural and entertainment venues. An improvement project could take this are to the next level helping these local businesses and helping to attract more out of town conventions and visitors. Some project planning has already been done as DLP and the Downtown Development Authority working with city liaisons completed a Short St. Pedestrian Study improvement infrastructure plan in 2017. With some community engagement this plan could be updated and a project under way in a short time and be completed within the necessary timeframe of 2026. Link to plan

Public Art
DLMD has been investing in art and lighting projects over the past 8 years including HorseMania, Pedway enhancements and the recent public art installation “Stand”. One of their primary goals is to take their investment to create higher impact projects that enhance Lexington’s cultural offerings and the community’s quality of life and attract more workers, residents and visitors to downtown. DLMD would provide a matching investment and seek private sponsors to invest in the art leveraging the City’s $2 million investment. DLMD would also work with City, DLP, LexArts and VisitLex, to identify site(s), issue RFP(s), select artist(s) manage the project(s) and for completion prior to 2026.

DLMD Property and Business Improvement Grant Program
Downtown Lexington Management District has funded and managed grant programs since 2018 awarding $200,000 to more than 50 property owners and businesses and leveraging nearly $1.2 million in private investments. DLMD proposes that the city provide DLMD with $500,000 for a new program grant to help businesses and property owners with weathering the pandemic and investing in their businesses and properties. DLMD would match the City’s investment with $250,000 and private sector grant recipients would match up to $250,000 providing the City with a $500,000 match to their investment. This program would span 3 years once the City has approved the program and all projects and payments will be completed by 2026.

Impact of Projects and Leveraging of City Investment
These projects are inclusive and collaborative, one-time projects with no additional City funding obligation that will support economic development, downtown businesses and residential and commercial property owners and enhance Lexington quality of life and provide a significant return on investment to the city and leverage the City’s investment with another potential $2.75+ million dollars from other sources.
• DLMD/DLP $1,000,000
• Grant Recipients $250,000
• Pavilion Sponsor $1,000,000
• Public Art Sponsors TBD
• Federal Matching Grants TBD
*Funds dedicated towards the Short Street Entertainment District Infrastructure Improvements could be utilized to first advance detailed design/engineering and cost estimates for planned improvements. Once the project is well defined and illustrated, it can be positioned for possible federal grant programs that often can provide a significant portion of construction dollars needed for regional transportation and pedestrian/bicycle projects. Funding opportunities include traditional surface Transportation Enhancement (TE) funding as well as possible expanded funding through the Infrastructure Bill currently being considered by Congress. Transportation Enhancements - Environment - FHWA (
Dunbar community center165The Dunbar community center could use some improvement. The air/heating system needs an upgrade and there are several smaller projects that would benefit the entire building and their staff.
Expansion of off-street bike trails/rail trails189We need more off-street bike trails. The Legacy Trail (and Town Branch expansion) are fantastic and great for recreation, but we need more, especially more trails that will allow safe off-street commuting when possible. (bike lanes are pretty inconsistent on our major arteries -- Harrodsburg, Nicholasville, Tates Creek, etc.)

Rail-trails would be a great place to start -- either by converting old rail lines that aren't in use anymore or by building safe bike trails along existing rail routes -- since they branch out from downtown/campus in nearly every direction.
Fayette County Recreation Center198Based on a facility in Franklin, Williamson County Tennessee. A county run, public recreation and swim center with year round indoor and outdoor pools suitable for year round swim team practice and diving and indoor walking track and gymnasiums available. Soccer fields and outdoor basketball and tennis courts Available. locker rooms and showers available. Youth and adult swim and public sports teams/leagues available. No membership needed but year round membership discounts available. One time admission tickets available to all county residents. Meeting/gathering space for support groups of all types and community clubs/groups.
flexington205outdoor fitness area with body weight equipment. example a pull up station , stretching station , etc. it would be visable from winchester road close to the néw children’s play area .

moms and dads could workout while their children played .

wouldn’t cost much and be impactful to the city .
Friends Lexington Senior Center/Hearing Enhancement211The mission of The Friends of the Lexington Senior Center, a 501c3, is to provide support to the Lexington Senior Center and the seniors who utilize it. We request $28,000 in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to install an Audio Induction Loop System (T-Coils) that enable today’s hearing aides to connect to the room’s sound system and to the hearing device. This technology will extend the listening range for our hearing-impaired participants while reducing the background noise, thereby enhancing comprehension and allowing full participation in Center activities. We aim to have this technology installed in the multipurpose room and classrooms at the Lexington Senior Center at 195 Life Lane.
Gardenside Dog Park217There are only two dog parks (Wellington and Masterson Station) in Lexington, both of which require lengthy drives--contributing to climate change--across town during the middle of rush hour. Especially with more people adopting dogs during Covid, there is a desperate need for more safe places for dog owners to walk their dogs. Compared to other civilian services, a dog park is relatively inexpensive and requires minimal maintenance. I propose that Picadome Golf Course be divided in half: half the golf course could remain at 9 holes to appease the golfers; the other 9 holes could be a dog park.
Get together and help218Where going to get a group of people in your local neighborhood and just clean up the park detox the slides and the swings, then were going to use the money to get new benches and new swings or add more stuff to play on
Green Downtown226Adding more trees and greenery to major walking corridors such as Main street, Limestone, Short Street, and Vine Street. Additionally, developing "green alcoves" ( read mini-parks) in unused space in the downtown area.
Green up Lexington228Lexington is 70% maple trees. If a maple plight hit our area, Lexington would almost be treeless. In addition to the need to plant large numbers of native trees, our city needs a great deal more green space. When they proposed the Southland drive project, pop up green spaces were supposed to be added, but that never happened. Adding green spaces, even small green spaces in the city ( think mini parks filled with trees and places to eat outside and gardens are all helpful in maintaining our mental and physical well being. Making it safe to walk in the city is essential. Planting gardens wherever possible to bring natural beauty is important as well.
Greenway Masterplan & Ordinance Updates230The LFUCG Greenspace Masterplan was last updated and approved in 2002, but the subsequent manuals that were drafted were not adopted by the Urban County Council as originally recommended in the masterplan. Many things have changed in Lexington over the past 19 years and a comprehensive greenway masterplan, manual, and ordinance update is needed to flow with the current comprehensive plan.

The 2019 Comprehensive Plan calls for several specific policies related to greenspaces. Greenspaces encompass several different property types, including but not limited to, greenways, water quality lots, parks, public gathering areas forests, etc.

There are over 16 Policies within Imagine Lexington that speak to greenspace within Lexington-Fayette County.
Hamburg swimming pool234Public pool or at least a slash pad
Highland Playground246would like old playground up to date and
a new playground with different things to play on for the older children...also could use better picnic tables not wood..and better garabge cans ours are falling apart
Highlands Park248Highlands park, located at 1991 Mark Ave, Lexington KY 40511 does not have many activities for adults, or children to be honest. There is a small, broken down play area in which the children have played on for years. It sadly is detreating by the day. There is a medium size walking trail that connects us with Cold Stream. Many people enjoy walking along the trail, with or without their dogs, children or friends. Inside of the walking trail, there isn't anything except grass, which most of the time is very high. Lots of room for improvement. We also have what looks like the back fencing for a baseball diamond, however, there is nothing else with it. No markings on the ground, no baseball diamond, nothing. The fence is just there taking up space and not being used. Plenty of space for a pool? Flag football field? Dog park area? Basically anything would be an improvement to our community. We hold monthly meetings, but unfortunately, most of our attendees are older and are not computer savvy. I asked everyone who attended our August meeting what their ideas were and they included, dog park, pool, community garden area both vegetables and flowers, new play ground, more trash cans along the walking trail, as well as benches. Other ideas included fountains, a catch and release pond, baseball diamond finished, updating our current shelter, and updating our parking lot. There have not been any updates to our current Shelter since 1997. Our neighborhood has gradually turned from negative to positive over the past 8 years. We are currently trying to make this a nice safe place for all to enjoy and if we received some of these funds it would help us reach our goals faster.
Hisle Park Updates249Another idea was to look at enhancements to Hisle Park such as a restroom facility, water hydrants, horse show ring etc.
Idle Hour Park Stream Restoration266In 2017 Environmental Services was requested to complete an engineering feasibility study on the eroding streambank at Idle Hour Park. This study identified the following project goals:

a. Mitigate instability of eroded / undercut vertical banks;

b. Improve water quality and stream habitat;

c. Protect utilities exposed by erosion of the streambanks and channel;

d. Remove invasive vegetation growing on the streambanks;

e. Improve the stream aesthetics;

f. Reduce the impact of potential flooding of downstream properties;

The study reviewed the various stream reaches within Idle Hour Park and used a hydrologic and hydraulic model to determine the best course of action to reach the above goals. The proposed solution was to complete streambank stabilization and restoration (approximately 2,800 linear feet). This would allow the remaining park area to be programmed as needed.

Imagine Lexington Protection Policy #7 – Protect Sensitive Streams, Natural Habitats & Wildlife in the Urban Service Area

Imagine Lexington Restoration Policy #2 – Use Green Infrastructure to Bridge Gaps in the Greenspace Network
Improving Dixie Park272We raised our children (and now grandchildren) in this neighborhood and over the years we've seen our park depleted of a baseball field, a swimming pool, activity center and our basketball court was reduced from a full court to a half. During this critical time our children have to get out and play safely and for years we have been begging for improvements to our park but have been passed over every year. The guidelines provided for consideration included: "Vulnerable population", "Projects that make an impact on physical & social infrastructure", "Mental health" and "growing successful neighborhoods" and it's my opinion that this cause meets consideration in all those areas so I pray you will consider the children of this neighborhood. Thank you!!!
Infrastructure Repair at Gay Brewer277Rebuild Sand Traps at Gay Brewer Golf Course at Picadome
Investment into the Arboretum280The city should make strategic investments into the Arboretum to increase regional tourism and improve infrastructure and accessibility
Legacy Trail Sign Updates296A project that would secure signage along the legacy trail describing the agricultural crops along the trail. These could be changed out periodically as the crops change. This could be a partnership with UK and or Farm Bureau. Another idea in conjunction with this would be to create a “scavenger hunt” type games incorporated into the signage that kids could play along with and submit for a prize. We have no idea on cost for this project as it would depend on the structure, # of stanchions needed etc.
Legacy Trail Tunnel297The Legacy trail needs a long-term solution to the crossing of Newtown Pike at Citation Blvd. A bridge would take a lot of linear distance to implement, so I propose a tunnel, similar to the one under I75 further north on the trail. This is an infrastructure project that would provide a safe way for trail users to cross Newtown. Traffic on Newtown is already so congested that by 2025, an alternate design like at Harrodsburg and New circle may be required. A trail tunnel should be considered as part of that redesign.
Lexington Aquatic Center303We are proposing the construction of an aquatic center that would be used for numerous purposes. We have reviewed the proposal of spending approximately $10 million on the renovation and enclosure of the pool at Shillito Park, but we believe the project could be expanded to offer more opportunities for additional groups. An expanded facility could be used to host regional events, bringing tourism and tax revenue that would help offset the cost of the facility over time. Unlike neighboring states, Kentucky has no facility similar to what we are proposing. We believe funding in addition to a contribution from LFUCG could be obtained for this project, and we are scheduling meetings with state legislators and Senator McConnell's office, which has expressed an interest in the project. We also believe corporate contributions and sponsorships could likely be obtained to provide additional financial support. The facility could either be publicly owned or owned by a public-private partnership. The latter arrangement would eliminate the issue of additional strain on the Department of Parks and Recreation, which would presumably be in charge of the facility under a publicly-owned arrangement.

For reasons provided below, however, the timing of this project has become critical. We have assembled a group to work on this project in the hope of moving ahead quickly, and the support of the LFUCG would make a tremendous difference.
Lexington Community Pump Tracks Project305Build pump tracks with berms to appeal to all ages and skill levels on wheels. Bicycles, skateboards, etc. The tracks will promote healthy activity and community. Please see KYMBA-Bluegrass Proposal for more information.
Lexington Pump track project315Construction of community orientated pump track
Livestock Exposition area at Masterson Station Park333I am writing you to discuss the potential opportunity for assistance from the American Rescue Plan Act. Specifically, the project/idea I am advocating for is the expansion and improvement of the Livestock Exposition area at Masterson Station Park. As we discussed in our recent meeting, the livestock area is a great facility that provides a venue for all species of livestock shows (cattle, sheep, swine, etc.) as well as many non-livestock events. The “James Mahan Livestock Pavilion” is a covered facility that includes an indoor arena along with the open-sided pavilion area. Also on the grounds is the “John Johns” livestock barn used to house animals for the Fayette County Youth Livestock Program.
While these are great facilities that offer a place for numerous events including our livestock shows during the Bluegrass Fair, there is great opportunity for improvement of the livestock area. The area that is fenced-off and dedicated to the livestock facilities is relatively small and creates challenges, hazards, and logistical inefficiencies for many attendees and livestock exhibitors. During livestock shows, it is ideal to have animals tied/bedded close to the show facilities. Currently all trucks/trailers are required to park outside of the fenced in area after unloading their animals. Furthermore, if more than a moderate number of exhibitors show up, they are forced to tie their animals across the road with their trailers outside the fenced off area. This creates not only problems relating to show preparation and timeliness, but also hazards due to moving animals back and forth across the park road amongst traffic. Increasing the size of the dedicated area by moving the current fencing and road would allow more dedicated space to the livestock area, specifically allowing for truck/trailer parking, larger exhibitor preparation areas, and more ease and safety of access to the arena. With these improvements, many district wide and regional shows would be more inclined to use the facilities at Masterson Station Park. Let it be noted this is already LFUCG property and the lease/use of the livestock area for events is in fact a revenue generator. The rental income along with the livestock families visiting from outside Fayette County are only a few of the many benefits of making these much needed improvements.
Building a new section of road and moving/adding fencing would be the largest and most costly component of this project, while other small improvements to the existing facilities would be desired as well. At the current time, no exact estimates on the cost of these projects have been developed. But I would feel confident in saying that $1.5 million would cover them all. Specific project ideas are as follows:
1. Expansion of Livestock Area by moving existing road and adding fencing, allowing more dedicated acreage for truck/trailer parking, exhibitor preparation areas, etc.
2. Rewiring and upgrading electrical system in pavilion
3. Permanent paneling/fencing in areas of the pavilion
If it is desired, I would be more than happy to gather bids/estimates of completing this project. Furthermore, I will happily provide reference letters from the community, and those involved with the livestock shows, in support of this potential improvement to our livestock area. Thank you so much for your time at our meeting, and please do not ever hesitate to contact me if needed.
Beau Neal
Fayette County Agriculture Extension Agent (859) 509-8271
Make Downtown Walkable337To make Lexington more attractive downtown needs to be revitalized and more people friendly.

This starts with less concrete and more open space. Reduce speed limits to very slow and if possible eliminate main traffic ways.

Downtown Lexington should be a place to bring a family with small kids. Not a place to be terrified your kids will be run over. More trees, landscaping etc will bring more retail. Nice shops. Develop a plan for Lexington to have coffee shops, nice walkable areas, a place to spend hours not to get out of as soon as possible. No more concrete please.

Reduce speed limits and get traffic away from downtown at whatever cost. Close off streets to allow more people to walk and not worry about kids around traffic.

We need a creek or nice stream somewhere down there. Lots of trees and manicured grass.

Provide a nice place to walk that doesn’t smell like exhaust.
Mary Todd Park improvements339Create 2 large pavilions with picnic tables and a pickle ball court on the 20+ year long unused tennis court area.
This area is near the restrooms and an accessible parking area so a large pavilion could be used for families or groups who have all ages and abilities attending a gathering.
The current small pavilions are not accessible to anyone who may not be able to maneuver on an unpaved area. The small pavilions currently in the park could use 2 picnic tables in each and some tables at the concession stand. Currently neighbors are having to move tables when more than one is needed (not an easy job).
The concession stand is not being used and should be evaluated or repurposed for a meeting area or larger restrooms. This change is not included in the cost above but it is something to look for future use.
Masterson Station Park Archery Range343Archery is an increasingly popular sport, especially among youth thanks to the National Archery in School's Program. Lexington only has one public archery range on the outskirts of the eastern side of town in Hisle Farm Park, leaving much of Lexington underserved. Masterson Station is a large park and there is plenty of room to setup a safe and effective archery range. A range in MS Park would serve a large number of households given the close proximity to so many neighborhoods, many of which have young families with kids who are getting in to the sport. The range can be as simple or complex as we want to go with it, but even a simple, fairly inexpensive range would provide a great service to this side of town.
New disc golf course360More disc golf courses
New natural area at Haley Downs Drive361Establish a new city naturalized Parkin the new Haley Downs subdivision.
Oakwood-Legacy Trail connection370Connection to the Legacy Trail from Oakwood an adjacent neighborhood.
Oleika Temple Great Lawn372On behalf of Tahlsound Music Festival, I would like to propose the purchase of the Oleika Temple Great Lawn by the city to be used by Parks and Rec + LexArts, and managed by Tahlsound Music Festival.

Since 2017 - Tahlsound has been the only recurring renter of this outdoor performance space , which has a capacity of over 1,000 persons, full electric and water services, and a permanent covered stage.
Outdoor Equity380Invest intensively in needed outdoor "life infrastructure" where the need is great.

Include (but don't limit to these):

> Intensive tree planting to develop community-wide adequate tree canopy (some estimates say 40%) for beauty, air quality improvement, heat moderation, reduced energy use, ecosystem support and improved mental health; include assistance where needed to make adequate watering possible in early years
> One-time high-quality sidewalk construction (ideally with greatly increased permanent support funds for repairs, from another funding source). Sidewalks, unlike trails, engage nearly everyone, or they can.
> Well-tended parks/playgrounds within a 15 minute walk of any family

All of these initiatives should support job training and should include developing and supporting new businesses to carry out the work. Figure out how to cultivate businesses for these purposes that are owned by residents of low resource census tracts. Use an equity lens to ensure that Black and Latinx residents get fair and equitable work and business development opportunities.

ARPA public funds could provide for tree planting, sidewalk construction and park/playground development/redevelopment in the first instance. Later, households can contribute to ongoing tree care and sidewalk maintenance, with contributions adjusted for financial capability.

Perhaps adjustments can be developed based on comparison of census tract median incomes with community median income, or perhaps the comparison could be household-based. Public funds from non-ARPA sources can be made available in perpetuity to sustain the necessary support and expansion of the initial ARPA-funded work in low resource census tracts.
Outdoor Fitness Equipment on Legacy Trail381I have seen what we might call "outside gyms" (climbing equipment, parallel bars, push up stations, balance beam, step up stations, stretching stations, etc.) on other city bike trails in Athens, Ohio, Macomb, Michigan, San Francisco, and elsewhere. I propose we add such equipment to the Legacy trail.

In the examples that I have seen, sometimes the equipment is sometimes bunched together in one spot, sometimes it is distributed along a portion of the bike trail, and sometimes a bit of both. Since the North YMCA is a popular spot for those using the bike trail, I propose equipment be placed somewhere between there and the Coldstream Research Park area (perhaps some near the soccer field). These two locations have the benefit of offering parking close parking.

Cost, of course, would depend on how much equipment was erected, but brief research shows that each piece of durable, quality equipment runs an average of $300-$1000 (though I have seen wooden equipment used in some instances--not durable for the very long term). This webpage estimates that equipment along can range from $10,000 to $35,000, depending on amount and type of equipment:
Labor to install and upkeep (minimal, if materials are very durable) would be extra.
Parks and Rec Master Plan Recommendations386Parks and Rec has a proposal to improve, maintain and add to many public spaces and facilities.
Parks Capitol Projects387I would like to submit $5 Million to parks capital management plan fund/eligible projects.
Parks in Underserved Areas388Please provide parks for areas that are most in need of park amenities. This is important for human health. All residents deserve access to a public park within walking distance of their home. That is currently not a reality in our Lexington community.

Parks Master Plan:
Phoenix Park400I have submitted a proposal to the mayor and parks department to renovate Phoenix Park. I have also worked with Councilmember LeGris and she was able to help secure $150,000 for the initial design and planning for a renovation. However, the cost of construction will still need to be covered.
Picadome Dog Park401This project will convert the Gay Brewer, Jr. Course at Picadome to a 9 hole golf course and allow for a large dog park for this area of town. There are many neighborhoods near that will allow for walking distance to this dog park, but it is also a <10 minute drive from most of downtown. It is also walking distance from off campus student housing near UK. This will save money in less expense of maintaining the golf course. There are many trees to allow for shaded areas for the dog park section.
Picadome Pool402Re-open the Picadome Pool, reverse services taken away in economic downturn.

A successful city should maintain and increase services. This pool was the perfect host for senior water aerobics and adult casual swimming
Prairies in parks405Turn no mow zones, which are currently 98% invasive species, into fully restored prairie.
Regional youth sports complex426A state of the art youth sports complex focused on baseball and soccer with turf fields. The complex should be geared to younger children (5-12) playing these sports.

Multiple baseball fields. Multiple soccer or multipurpose fields that can be used for lacrosse or even football.

Tates Creek Golf Course - Executive Course conversion470Update of the golf course to convert it to an Executive Golf Course (shorter). Allows for greater golf education efforts for the community, and leaves three (3) championship courses and one Par-3 course publicly owned. Surplus portions of the property (not adjacent to existing single-family residential homes) could be sold for private development, or developed for affordable housing.
Teen Rec.472A place where student can go to get private lessons for any instrument they play or want to play, Teacher from schools, or High Schoolers who are willing to take time out of their day to help students in need can volunteer here and give free private lessons. Anyone can donate instruments, and musical supplies like stands, bows, drums, etc. They can perform with big orchestras like the Lexington Philharmonic, or perform at Elementary, Middle, and High schools. This program would take place after school and in the summer.
Tennis Courts473Public tennis courts
Town Branch Park490Town Branch Park will be a new world-class signature park for the city, celebrating our community and the waters around which it historically developed. Town Branch Park will be Lexington's first and only conservancy-led green space. The park will replace an 11-acre parking lot in downtown with green space programmed with free activities for everyone that promotes civic and artistic excellence, fosters social connection through recreation, and improves the health and quality of life for the entire community. Thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds will be served by the park each year through programs and amenities such as a stage and great lawn, dog park, water play area, playground, cafe, and biking and walking trails.
Town Branch Trail Extension to Cardinal Valley4911. Extend paved bike trail from the new Town Branch Trail through McConnel Springs park to the railroad underpass
2. Purchase and demolish one home to extend the trail onto surface streets Delmont Dr. and Dunkirk Dr.
3. Return to a paved trail at Preston Springs Park
4. Continue the trail over the pipeline right-of-way towards Wolf Run Creek. This trail would benefit the pipeline by providing access to mow and reduce the amount of property that needs mowing. The trail could be excavated if pipeline access is ever needed.
5. Build a bridge over Preston Springs Creek and Wolf Run Creek to the sewage storage tank on the end of Kilrush Dr.
6. Continue the paved trail on LFUCG property along Kilrush Drive into Valley Park.

7. In the future, extend this trail on LFUCG property and some surface streets to Allendale Road. Also, consider extending toward Versailles along the railroad (2011 proposal).
Tree Canopy Expansion501Improves quality of life, air quality, health of citizens, protects water quality. Plant in parks and other public spaces, prioritizing areas where the canopy is less developed.
Vaughn’s Creek Greenway Connector509AVOL Kentucky, necto architecture, earthcycle design llc, and Winterwood Inc., are proposing a $3,000,000 public/private partnership between these organizations and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, along with local businesses and residents in creating a greenway connector system throughout this area. The Connector will bring about environmental, mobility, and quality of life improvements to the underserved Versailles Road and Mason Headley areas of Lexington.

This section of Lexington was also identified in the 2018 Parks & Recreation Systems Master Plan as exhibiting low service levels and high social needs (page 165). The proposed recreational and mobility opportunities for Pine Meadows/Vaughn Branch/Oxford Circle Corridor was noted in both the 2015 Versailles Road Corridor Study and 2016 Oxford Circle Redevelopment Feasibility Study.

Recreational and mobility needs for this area were proposed as far back as the Lexington Urban County Government’s 2002 Greenway Master Plan, in which a secondary trail from Pine Meadows Park to Versailles Road was noted. The Greenway Master Plan noted that this area was considered to be a conservation area.

(Greenway Connector Start)
Revival Tabernacle
1820 Versailles Road
Lexington, KY 40504

Proposed Section 1 – Versailles Road, South on proposed bike/pedestrian trailway adjacent to Revival Tabernacle to areas behind Sugar Mill Apartments (1814 Versailles Road), Stonewall Terrace and AVOL Kentucky (1820 Hill Rise Drive). The majority of Section 1 is owned by LFUCG except for the Stonewall Terrace/AVOL tract.

The 1820 Hill Rise Drive (formerly 1812 Versailles Road) tract is the keystone in the connectivity between Versailles Road and Pine Meadows Park. As a part of the rezoning and redevelopment of this parcel, AVOL made a reaffirming commitment to engage and support the surround neighborhoods and Lexington as a whole. This commitment took on two physical forms. First, a pedestrian access easement was established through the property to the greenway/open space adjacent to Pine Meadows Park. Second, AVOL pledged, on the certified development plan, to provide access to the nearly 2-acre greenway/open space or at the appropriate time transfer of this parcel to LFUCG.

*Section 1 will include installation of a designed, low maintenance, and environmentally beneficial series of pathways through a parklike setting that includes native gardens and plantings. This area will include intermittent seating, lighting, and a few picnic tables. Closer to Stonewall Terrace, various art gardens, community gardens, and an HIV meditation area will be maintained by AVOL Kentucky and volunteers. At Stonewall Terrace we will also have a “gateway” from the gardens/meditation area to the lower pathways. Best management practices or low impact mechanisms will be included in these areas as feasible.

Proposed Section 2 - Proposed footbridge at Stonewall Terrace property spanning Vaughn’s Branch Creek, connecting Stonewall Terrace pathways to Pine Meadows Park.

Proposed Section 3 - Pine Meadows Park, with extended and improved pathways. This park would be updated to include new low-maintenance park furnishings (including but not limited to new park benches, pathways, playground equipment, picnic tables and proper site lighting).

*Sections 4 and 5 are already built.

Existing Section 4 - Pine Meadows Park Exit at Pine Meadows Drive and the Pine Meadows residential neighborhood which exists as a throughway to Addison Park.

Existing Section 5 - Pine Meadows drive has direct access to Addison Park and an existing trail system that connects to various services located on Harry Sykes Road and Horseman Lane off Red Mile Road including:

• UK Family Care Center
• FCPS Day Treatment Center
• LFUCG Youth Services
• UK Cooperative Extension Office
• Hope Center - One Parent Scholar House

Distance from Revival Tabernacle to Family Care Center via Versailles Road, Red Mile Road 1.2 miles

Distance from Revival Tabernacle to Family Care Center via Versailles Road, Cisco Road 1.1 miles

Distance from Revival Tabernacle to Family Care Center via Vaughn’s Greenway Connector 1 mile
Veterans Park Dam Removal513There is an old farm dam upstream of Veterans Park walking path in West Hickman Creek that has been compromised through eroding banks and is no longer functioning properly. An engineering feasibility study was completed in 2019 and recommends removal of this dam and restoration of the affected upstream portions of West Hickman Creek.

This project would eliminate the safety risks associated with eroding banks adjacent to bike trails; improve water quality and ecological habitat in the stream; and improve the aesthetics of the park.

Imagine Lexington Protection Policy #7 – Protect Sensitive Streams, Natural Habitats & Wildlife in the Urban Service Area
Walking path at Jacobson Park517Jacobson Park could really use a walking path that is not shared with automobile traffic. A nice loop with good views of the lake would really improve that park. Every time we go we get frustrated and disappointed in that park because of the lack of a walking path. This would be relevant to the health and wellness of Lexington citizens.
Water Quality / Greenspace Lot Improvements519The Division of Environmental Services manages / maintains over 500 acres of greenspace (greenways, detention basins, water quality lots, medians, easements, etc.) throughout the urban service area. The Greenspace Commission/Trust has recently created a model to take underutilized greenspaces and turn them into neighborhood amenities. This model emphasizes connectivity where possible and needed (5-minute and 10-minute walk / ride radii; linking parks, greenspaces, and trails to neighborhoods and to each other); and improves vacant or underutilized greenspaces to provide vibrant focal points within neighborhoods by infusing relatively small amounts of funding in order to make a significant impact.

The most recent underutilized greenspace converted to a neighborhood amenity was the Dantzler Court Water Quality Lots that transformed from a mowed vacant field to a neighborhood gathering spot - all for under $20,000.

There are over 16 Policies within Imagine Lexington that speak to greenspace within Lexington-Fayette County.

Imagine Lexington Livability Policy #8 – Promote Quality of Life

Promote quality of life aspects, including greenspace, as an attraction to new businesses and residents.

The design of a city, its public spaces, and public infrastructure have important correlations with quality of life, social development, and other key components of human wellbeing. Likewise, appealing cities are more likely to attract a creative, innovative, and skilled workforce, and the investments that are needed to drive the urban economy.
We Got U with Frankfort/Links(KY)522Open Community Centers and Neighborhood Shelters that are under the control of the city to allow after school program. spring break, summer break and Saturday activities for K-12. Offer Free, organized, supervised and structured activities along with field trips and trips to historical places in KY.

From 3-8pm Mon-Friday and Sat. 9-12, 1-6 7-10(movie/Video Game Night) have clubs and training to improve chess, scrabble, coding, uno. checkers, and other games that are engaging and challenging that promote group skills, social well being and sportsmanship.
Partnerships with JA,4H, Nonprofit Organizations, United Way Volunteers, Community Action , AARP Volunteers, College organizations . .
Offer cooking classes, acting, set design, photography, 4H etc..

Have teams kickball, flag football, soccer, frisbee, golf, corn hole etc
Wolf Run Trail528Construct initial segments of Wolf Run trail on city-owned property.
1. Pave a trail from Versailles Road along Roanoke Road to Wolf Run Park
2. Connect to existing paved trails through Wolf Run Park
3. Briefly use the dead-end of Cross Keys Road to access James Lane Allen Elementary property
4. Pave a trail through James Lane Allen elementary property along the creek to Appomattox Road
5. Future easement or property acquisition to Gardenside Park (not in the scope of this proposal)
6. Pave a trail along Furlong Drive from Beacon Hill approximately 700 feet, then cross Wolf Run Creek toward Allendale Road. A small section of undeveloped property would need to be acquired to connect these trail segments.
Woodland Park Dog Park529The project would be comprised of the development of a dog park in Woodland Park, or potentially another park in the downtown area.
Woodland Skatepark Repair and Expansion530The project proposes to repair the existing Woodland Skatepark. Woodland is Lexington’s oldest and still most utilized skatepark. Areas of the park are in need of repair that have been worn or damaged in the last 20 years of use. An expansion of the existing park is also proposed to provide more opportunities for beginner park goers.
Your Choice Your Future533Your Choice Your Future provides programming geared towards youth ages 8 - 13. It's a sports related program, that also has an educational component for both them and their parents. Preparing them for pre-college curriculum and guidance through the transitional processes.

Additionally, there's a program geared specifically geared towards females and assisting with etiquette and how to be a lady. The program will have several benefits to enhance the females as they grow into young adults.
Youth Sports Complex534A multifield, multisport all turf facility. Closest thing is ETOWN. Would be amazing in Central Kentucky.
Stay healthy536Build multi use facility similar to one in georgetown. Charge minimal fee for use such as 100 per year. Include walking/run track, pool(indoor and outdoor) close connection to outdoor during winter. Have bball courts and volleyball to have leagues where u can charge fee to enter and lastly showers and rest rooms
Splash park and drive in movie theater540Splash park - Doesn’t have to be a huge park, but someplace safe and enclosed for security for families. Would be operational same time frames as public pools for families to get fresh air and cool off and get active while also having fun with family. Concessions and lifeguards for a small kid pool area would create jobs and revenue.

Drive in movie theater - Self explanatory. With the recent lockdowns, would be nice to still be able to watch new and older movies on the big screen in your own car without having to worry about finding a seat or loud people in the audience. Would need to reserve a dedicated AM or FM station for the cars to tune into for sound. Also leads to creation of jobs and revenue with concessions.
Shillito tennis center/courts543Resurface courts, renovate tennis shack, windscreens, net maintenance
Shillito Park Playground walking path to neighborhood545There is no way to walk to the playground in Shillito Park from the adjacent neighborhoods without having to go into the street or across the grass. This is a big problem if you have young children in strollers or on bicycles. There just needs to be a short path probably less than 500 ft from the parking lot at the basketball court to the path to the playground. Another is needed on the other side where the main parking for the playground is for the other neighborhood. It would connect to the main walking trail and would be even shorter.
Shillito Park Multi-Purpose Field Additions546Shillito is a busy park. Still, the supply of available field space does not accommodate demand. The 4 rentable multi-purpose fields (lacrosse fields) are wonderful, yet heavily used. They are also not freely available to every citizen. I propose:
1. Survey, level, and seed 2 multipurpose fields (360' x 150' or larger) on the underutilized fields adjacent to the fire station. The field nearest the fire station is already flat and requires only slight grading. Regarding railroad access, a grass field should not impede access. The second field approximately 500 feet south of the fire station needs some fill or grading, but is already disturbed ground, so should be reasonably inexpensive to level.
2. No additional park is required. The nearby lots should be sufficient.
3. An existing crosswalk is already in place.
4. Simple fencing or boulders are needed to discourage parking along the main road.
5. Make the fields reservable, but otherwise available to the public.
Shillito Bathrooms and Shelter Addition547Add a permanent bathroom facility at the north end of Shillito Park adjacent to the multi-purpose fields. Include one or two rentable picnic shelters attached or adjacent to the bathrooms. Space is already set aside for this project and utilities are nearby (water fountains already exist here).
Shilito Park pickelball court conversion548Covert 2 tennis courts into 6 pickleball courts at Shilito park. This has already been accomplished at Kirk Levington park. It would be nice to have this as part of the new senior citizen project. Pickle ball has become a popular sport in Lexington, especially with our aging population.
Sand for Picadome GC555Golfers have been loyal to the city courses during the pandemic as evidenced by the increase in the number of rounds played. The sand traps at Picadome have been neglected for many years and are in immediate need to repair/replace them. Over time, this project will reduce the annual maintenance costs currently being expended. Failure to address this infrastructure need may result in decreased use of Picadome and a corresponding decrease in revenue to the city. Replacement is a one time cost, ongoing maintenance can be provided via the annual Parks and Recreation budget.