Lexington has the following opportunities and programs for all residents:
Senior Intern Program
Each year, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government holds a Senior Intern Program, which educates residents about precisely where and how their tax money is being spent. Over the course of 4 days, the participants tour city hall and learn more about the processes of their local government. The program is free and offers seniors the opportunity to talk with key decision-makers in city government, participate in class activities and visit several government facilities.
On July 8, 1999, Lexington City Council passed a Fairness Ordinance with a vote of 12-3. The local ordinance, 201-99, added sexual identity and sexual preference as non-discrimination factors for Equal Opportunity Employment along with race, gender, religion, children, national origin, sex, age, disability and genetic information.
Dementia Friendly Communities
Beginning stages investigating the inclusion of dementia friendly communities within Lexington.
Commissions for people with Disabilities
Created to promoted the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities within the LFUCG community, and to advise the Mayor and Urban County Council on issues that impact persons with disabilities.
Accessible Parking Ordinance
This ordinance ensures
ample room for individuals using mobility devices to get in and out of their vehicles. It requires businesses to paint NO PARKING ANYTIME in access aisles.
Wheelchair Fitness Class Live on Zoom
Gathering Strength, Inc., is offering a 9-week interactive fitness class live on Zoom for people with paralysis. Each class is an hour long with interactive instruction and time for Q&A. No equipment is necessary.
It is a wheelchair-based, moderate to vigorous intensity, cardiovascular exercise class. The intensity and complexity of the exercise will increase as the class goes on to keep you challenged. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER BEFORE BEGINNING ANY EXERCISE PROGRAM.
The class will be lead by Ben Clark, pictured above, who is a certified personal trainer with a C-7 spinal cord injury. He was a competitive swimmer before his injury, and has been teaching online exercise classes for 3 1/2 years. You can see his exercise videos on his Adapt to Perform Youtube channel.
Compassionate Cities Designation
In a Compassionate Community, the needs of all the inhabitants of that
community are recognized and met, the well-being of the entire community is a priority, and all people and living things are
treated with respect.
Partners for Youth
Partners for Youth strives to promote positive youth development and to prevent juvenile delinquency though collaboration and capacity building. PYC includes Grassroots Allocations Program, Toyota Scholarship Program, Neighborhood Youth Council and Spotlight on Youth.
Outdoor Café Ordinance
In March 2010, in response to the smoking ban, it was established that a clear zone must exist between outdoor seating and the curb, to create a public right-of-way intended for pedestrian traffic along the sidewalk. The minimum width and location of the clear zone must be four feet. A permit must be obtained and allows the establishment to
encroach into the sidewalk area immediately in front of the
location and up to 25 feet in either direction.