Outdoor Spaces

Bluegrass Green            Source 

Bluegrass Green source offers a wide range of resources and education to schools, community groups, businesses, local governments and citizens throughout central Kentucky by empowering the Bluegrass to create a sustainable environment.

     Bus Stops 

Lextran is committed to serving persons with disabilities by providing services that make public  transportation both easy and affordable for persons with disabilities. The Lextran bus fleet is 100% lift/ramp equipped able to accommodate up to 800 pounds meaning that all of the buses are friendly to passengers who use wheelchairs or mobility devices.

 Town Branch Trail

A project in the works to create a green space in downtown Lexington. Fully funded by city & partners connecting Town Branch Park through downtown Lexington to the Legacy Trail.

    Town Branch               Commons 

The Town Branch Commons will be a strip of Bluegrass running through downtown Lexington. This winding park and trail system will roughly follow the path of
Town Branch, Lexington’s first water source, which is located in a culvert under modern-day Vine Street. The system will include continuous bike and walking paths, a lush green band through downtown, connect new and existing parks, and improve
water quality.  It will link our city's two major trails, Town Branch Trail and the Legacy Trail, giving us 22 miles of uninterrupted trail, connecting downtown to our world famous rural landscape.

    Town Branch               Commons 

The Town Branch Commons will be a strip of Bluegrass running through downtown Lexington. This winding park and trail system will roughly follow the path of
Town Branch, Lexington’s first water source, which is located in a culvert under modern-day Vine Street. The system will include continuous bike and walking paths, a lush green band through downtown, connect new and existing parks, and improve
water quality.  It will link our city's two major trails, Town Branch Trail and the Legacy Trail, giving us 22 miles of uninterrupted trail, connecting downtown to our world famous rural landscape.

     Pedestrian                Wayfinding 

In partnership with VisitLex and Downtown Lexington Corporation this pedestrian scale informational and directional signage program was implemented downtown which aims to enhance pedestrian circulation and sense of place, increase comfort of visitors and residents, and orient users to
attractions, destination retail, entertainment, and food and drink establishments. The overall aiming to improve people’s
understanding, experiences, and enjoyment of downtown
Lexington.

     Curb Cuts

The LFUCG Division of Engineering, Design and
Construction Section oversees roadway, sidewalk and trail projects that are initiated by the Urban County Government. Selection of sidewalk connectivity and improvement projects are made through identification and ranking methods that receive input from several city departments, and from the Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The goal is to connect missing sections of sidewalk based on the greatest need. Per Federal guidelines, ramps must be retro-fitted after major repairs take place like resurfacing. The paving budget for such retro-fits in Lexington is $12 million.

  Lexington Senior             Center 

Sit, Chat & Grow, funded by 2017 AARP Community Challenge Grant,  at Idle Hour Park and the Lexington Senior Center are located in the 22 acre Idle Hour Park which includes an .8 of a mile paved walking trail, a barrier free playground, two accessible picnic shelters, accessible public restrooms and numerous ball fields.

  The Legacy Trail

is a shared-use greenway trail that connects downtown Lexington with area neighborhoods, parks and historic sites as it follows a northward course to the Kentucky Horse Park. The trail stretches 12 miles from the North Side YMCA to the Kentucky Horse Park campgrounds. Eight of the 12 miles are located off of roadways, and the entire length is paved. There is interpretative signage along the way and an additional trailhead at Coldstream Park.

    Town Branch               Commons 

The Town Branch Commons will be a strip of Bluegrass running through downtown Lexington. This winding park and trail system will roughly follow the path of
Town Branch, Lexington’s first water source, which is located in a culvert under modern-day Vine Street. The system will include continuous bike and walking paths, a lush green band through downtown, connect new and existing parks, and improve
water quality.  It will link our city's two major trails, Town Branch Trail and the Legacy Trail, giving us 22 miles of uninterrupted trail, connecting downtown to our world famous rural landscape.

Timing of Crosswalks

All Walk/Don’t Walk timing of the countdown pedestrian signals is based on federal regulations and recommendations. The actual Walk indication can be as short as 4 seconds (very rare) but the Flashing Don’t Walk timing is based on the amount of time it takes someone walking at 3.5 feet per
second to traverse from one ramp to the opposite ramp. In the downtown core and a few other locations, we provide pedestrians with a two second head-start before the corresponding, vehicular indication turns green. This is meant to provide better visibility and less exposure time for the pedestrian crossing the street.

     Phoenix Lot       

Kudos to the Parks & Recreation landscape and downtown crews who teamed up recently to complete the Phoenix parking lot landscaping project.

Existing plants were removed from the east side of Vine Street, between Broadway and Upper, for the Town Branch Commons project and replanted/recycled for use in the Phoenix lot.

“Construction of the Town Branch Commons project along the east side of Vine St. is scheduled to begin this summer,” Chris Toutant, public service manager, Parks & Recreation, said. “The Parks & Recreation landscape and downtown crews teamed up to relocate plants from tree wells and rain gardens in the construction area. As part of this effort, crews creatively reused plants to improve the Phoenix parking lot landscape beds. Both crews did a fantastic job.” 

New ways to reconnect, reimagine, & respond in a new reality.

The City of Lexington's Planning Division is hosting a monthly interactive digital panel series, held on the first Wednesday of the month, to discuss how our City's planning efforts have evolved and changed over time.
 

September 2, 9-10am
Lexington's parks, trails, & public open spaces: How are we planning for the future?
Now more than ever, we are witnessing the power of Lexington's public open spaces.  The social, environmental, aesthetic, and economic benefits provided by these places are well-known, however, their necessity has been clarified by the pandemic.  Join our expert panelist:

  • Monica Conrad, City of Lexington Director of Parks / Commissioner of General Services

  • Brad Flowers, Broke Spoke Co-founder, Bullhorn Co-founder, Author of The Naming Book

  • Jill Wilson, City of Lexington Director of William Wells Brown Community Center

  • Valerie Friedmann, City of Lexington Long-Range Senior Planner / Greenspace Planner, Division of Planning

Register in advance, and submit your questions to add to the discussion!

Finally after many years of advocating for this project,

The first phase of the Versailles Road Corridor Improvement Project is under way, making the corridor much safer for the many pedestrians who use it, Mayor Linda Gorton said today. The work, between Parkers Mill and Mason Headley roads, will include:

  • New curbs

  • Wider sidewalks that will be away from the edge of the road

  • Retaining walls next to the Hillcrest Cemetery property and the backside of Fair Oaks Drive

  • A grass median between Village Drive and Mason Headley Road. 

Most of the Phase I work is expected to be completed by early February. Final roadway resurfacing is expected to be done later in the spring. The project will require lane closures, but two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction throughout construction.

Improvement Project  

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