Town Branch Park

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Lexington, KY
Town Branch Park Foundation
project type
Community Planning

Introducing Town Branch Park, a visionary community gathering space set to transform downtown Lexington into a world-class destination.

More than just a picturesque place, this park is designed to elevate the quality of life for residents, foster community connections, protect the environment, and boost the local economy. Inspired by the legacy of urban parks dating back to the 19th century, Town Branch Park aims to create a harmonious oasis where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together.

As the trailhead connecting the Legacy Trail and Town Branch Trail, Town Branch Park plays a vital role in uniting the urban core with Lexington’s iconic countryside, offering 22 miles of dedicated paths for cyclists and pedestrians. Parks are integral to smart growth plans, and Town Branch Park’s strategic location adjacent to the convention center and the region’s commercial hub will bring positive economic impacts. It will drive downtown residential growth and stimulate major real estate investments in the surrounding area, revitalizing the heart of the city.

Beyond economic benefits, Town Branch Park prioritizes environmental sustainability. By transforming nearly 10 acres of parking lots into lush green spaces, the park will contribute to improved air and water quality while creating healthy habitats for humans, wildlife, and plants within the urban core. Research consistently demonstrates that exposure to green spaces promotes better overall health, reducing stress and preventing various conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Furthermore, outdoor exercise in a natural setting enhances emotional well-being and amplifies the benefits of physical activity.

EHI Consultants has taken the lead in cultivating deep connections with the residents of Lexington throughout the planning phase. We believe that their input is vital in shaping the design, programming, and operations of this upcoming urban oasis.

Through our dedicated efforts, we have facilitated meaningful conversations and collaborations with the local community. We have listened attentively to their ideas, concerns, and aspirations, allowing their voices to guide us in creating a park that truly reflects their needs and desires.

By actively involving Lexington residents in the decision-making process, we are committed to ensuring that Town Branch Park becomes a place where everyone feels welcome and represented. Our goal is to cultivate a sense of ownership and pride among the community members, knowing that this park is a reflection of their collective vision.